LATEST NEWS

 


11th August 2017

There is an answer from Margaret Bright to Sally Ford's question on page 26 of the Q & A section

 


10th August 2017

I have just posted a very interesting article

 "THE LIVES OF EVERYDAY WOMEN AND THEIR COMPACTS"

to the archive section


9th August 2017

There is a question from member Sally Ford on page 26 of the Q & A section. Please send any info that may be helpful to geoffpowell@blueyonder.co.uk 

 


3rd August 2017

2017 Convention

Lisa Larsson 

Committee Member 2015 – 2017

Will be giving a short talk about LSM

11.15.am 30th September 2017

Lisa Larsson graduated from University in Canada with a degree in Archaeology and Museum Studies. Having left her native Ottawa for the UK in 1986 she now attributes her continuing interest in compacts; both their manufacture and collecting to her early career of working on archaeological digs around Europe where she found much enjoyment and satisfaction in handling the artefacts, cataloguing the finds and cleaning and preserving them.

 


3rd August 2017

 

COMMITTEE NOMINATIONS 2017

Oxford Convention 30th September

For the election of Officers and Committee Members

Nominations are invited for four Officers of the Society and not more than eight other Committee members.

If you wish to make a nomination for any of the above positions, please email or write to the Secretary no later than 1st September 2017 at 5.00 p.m. Please mark your envelope or put as the subject of your email BCCS NOMINATION.

The proposer must ensure that any nomination includes the following:

Name of the nominee, the email address of the nominee, the proposer, the seconder and a brief statement that confirms the willingness of the nominee to stand. A brief statement of not more than 200 words giving the nominee’s relevant experience, such as committee/business or organisation activities, should be included.

In the event of a position being contested a vote shall be taken and a decision shall be made by a simple majority of those present at the Annual General Meeting.

In view of the geographical distribution of members all those nominated as Officers or members of the Committee must have an email address to which committee business may be communicated.

Andrea Wood

SECRETARY

50 Little Herberts Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham GL53 8LU for postal nominations

Email: secretarybccs@hotmail.com Tel: 01242 521975

 


 

NOTICE OF THE 3rd ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Saturday 30th September 2017 at 11.30 a.m.

The Oxford Belfry, Milton Common, Nr. Thame, OX9 2JW

Notice is hereby given that the 3rd Annual General Meeting of the British Compact Collectors’ Society will be held at 11.30 a.m. on Saturday 30th September 2017 at The Oxford Belfry, Milton Common, Nr. Thame, OX9 2JW for the purpose of executing the business set out below.

Members and guests are kindly requested to refrain from trading during the Annual General Meeting.

AGENDA

  1. To approve Minutes of 2016 AGM
  2. Matters Arising
  3. To receive the Chair’s report
  4. To receive the Financial report
  5. To adopt the Financial report
  6. To elect the Officers of the Society
  7. The Constitution provides for 4 Officers of the Society: the Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary to be elected for a 2 year term from the Annual General Meeting at which they are elected. The serving Officers of the Committee were elected in 2015 to serve a two year term. These posts are due for election at the 2017 AGM

  8. To elect the Committee
  9. The Constitution provides for not more than 8 other members of the Committee to be elected for a 1 year term from the Annual General Meeting at which they are elected.

  10. To appoint an Auditor
  11. Any other business

Nominations are invited for four Officers of the Society and not more than eight other Committee members.

If you wish to make a nomination for any of the above positions, please email or write to the Secretary no later than 1st September 2017 at 5.00 p.m. Please mark your envelope or put as the subject of your email BCCS NOMINATION.

The proposer must ensure that any nomination includes the following:

Name of the nominee, the email address of the nominee, the proposer, the seconder and a brief statement that confirms the willingness of the nominee to stand. A brief statement of not more than 200 words giving the nominee’s relevant experience, such as committee/business or organisation activities, should be included.

In the event of a position being contested a vote shall be taken and a decision shall be made by a simple majority of those present at the Annual General Meeting.

In view of the geographical distribution of members all those nominated as Officers or members of the Committee must have an email address to which committee business may be communicated.

Andrea Wood

SECRETARY

50 Little Herberts Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham GL53 8LU for postal nominations

Email: secretarybccs@hotmail.com Tel: 01242 521975

 


 

Minutes of the

2nd ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Saturday 8th October at 11.30 a.m.

That took place at the Jurys Inn, Cheltenham,

Approval of Minutes of the 2015 AGM:

After a short welcome and introduction to the members Alan Lloyd requested approval of the minutes of the 1st AGM held on 31st October 2015 which were circulated to members in Face Facts and also placed on the website. The minutes were approved by the floor. AL/AW/JD Action: 2016 AGM minutes to be circulated before AGM on 30/9/2017

Matters Arising:

There were no matters arising from the previous minutes.

Chair Report:

Alan Lloyd explained the historic reason for the development of the society through the formation of a constitution and formal committee in 2015. He explained how, during the last twelve months, the committee had worked through a series of electronic meetings to address a variety of issues which included:

Annette Dale, as Treasurer, establishing a transparent financial structure through which the society’s finances can be tracked and monitored. At the AGM in 2015 it was the intention to employ the assistance of an auditor. However, the costs were prohibitive. The auditor who was initially approached was very complimentary about Annette’s documentation. It was therefore decided to follow the practice of other societies, of a similar size, to use the services of an appropriate person associated with the society to review the financial documentation. Alan Lloyd then expressed his gratitude to Tim Wood for scrutinising the accounts

The committee is investigating the possibility of developing a new website. Alan explained that a small sub-committee had been established, chaired by Jenny Duncan, to look at options. This sub-committee had looked at options and put forward a proposal. At the face to face meeting of the committee, on 7th October 2015, it was decided to circulate a questionnaire to sound out members’ opinions. These have been circulated. The website project would involve costs which raises the issue of how the society may fund this outlay and the committee have been discussing how this can be done

Alan then went on to praise Annette’s policy of developing the use of social media on Facebook and Pinterest which brings in 90% of new members, Face Facts, edited by Jenny Duncan, and the Convention catalogue prepared by Janine Baseley

Alan mentioned the very active local groups of the society including the West Midlands group which was previously organised by the late Mary Baker and has been reactivated by Christina Dent. He also mentioned that he had been in contact with the International Perfume Bottle Association which had merged with Roselyn Gerson’s Compact Collectors Club in the USA. The President of the IPBA is interested in developing a closer relationship and this possibility will be explored at a future date.

Alan then thanked the committee for their efforts throughout the year and at the Convention.

Finally, Alan brought to the attention of the members the fact that two members had resigned from the committee and there had been no new nominees. He pointed out that it was within the power of the committee to co-opt members and asked if there were any interested parties in the room who would be willing to join the committee as well as a willing member to take on the role of membership secretary from Annette. Action: AL to prepare Chair’s Report for Convention 2017 AGM

Adoption of the Chair’s Report:

It was proposed by Juliette Edwards that the Chair’s report should be adopted. This was seconded by Caroline Preston and it was agreed by a majority show of hands that the Chairs Report should be adopted.

The proposal was accepted by the floor and the Chairs report was adopted

Financial Report: Annette Dale

Annette informed the Meeting that BCCS funds were in a healthy state. She stated that although there may appear to be a shortfall in the 2015 -2016 accounts this was attributed to the fact that she had changed the manner in which the accounts were organised so that all monies were banked in accordance with the financial year, rather than as they were received, as had been the case in the past. Thus she had held back any membership fees received before April to allocate them to the 2016 accounts. She reiterated that this was merely an adjustment to correctly align the accounts to the appropriate financial year and was no cause for alarm.

Some areas of expenditure had increased, most notably the costs of postage and printing Face Facts. She explained that Face Facts constitutes the major, regular, expenditure during the year and that Margaret Craven had been assigned monies to purchase stamps before the increase in postage charges. This would enable the next two issues of Face Facts to be distributed, depending on numbers, until the beginning of 2017 without incurring further postage costs. As a consequence of this bulk purchase, the only way to determine Face Facts annual expenditure is to add the two years together and divide by two giving a figure of £3,469.74 per annum.

The society’s other major expenditure is the Convention but these costs are covered by the ticket sales. The Convention costs cover printing of calendars, programmes, name badges and ‘goody’ bag contents.

Annette informed the members that the figure of £828.11 on the 2015 -2016 accounts appears to show a large increase over the Convention costs of £331.37 on the previous year. This is due to the costs of coasters and goody bags in the 2014 -2015 accounts being shown separately. For accounting purposes this expenditure has now been included with all the other Convention costs to give a more accurate picture of what the Conventions actually cost the society. There has, therefore, been no increase in Convention costs. In fact the costs have decreased.

The Convention costs of £4,872.30 for 2015 -2016 appear to be higher than that of the previous year. This is because the event was attended by more people and therefore the catering costs were higher. This expenditure was off-set by the ticket sales.

Annette explained that the society’s total expenditure in 2014 -2015 was £12,458.12 which was inflated by the purchase of the stamps for Face Facts postage. Our total expenditure for 2015 – 2016 was £10,914.83; this was less than it would have been had the stamps not been purchased in the previous financial year. Taking this into account the overall expenditure had remained consistent. With an average expenditure of £3,466.74 per annum. Face Facts is the society’s largest expense.

Action: AD to prepare Financial Report for distribution to members in Face Facts prior to 2017 Convention AGM

Adoption of the Financial Report

It was proposed by Juliette Edwards that the Financial Report should be adopted. This was seconded by Lisa Larsson and it was agreed by a majority show of hands that the Chair’s Report should be adopted.

The proposal was accepted by the floor and the financial report was adopted.

Action: AD to prepare Financial statement & documents for adoption by members at the 2017 AGM

The Election of the Committee:

The Officers of the Committee were elected in 2015 to serve a two year term. There have been no resignations from the Officers posts.

The Constitution provides for no more than eight other members of the committee to be elected for a one year term from the Annual General Meeting at which they are elected.

The following members have been proposed and seconded. Their biographical summaries had been distributed to members prior to the AGM.

The proposals were accepted by the floor and following a majority show of hands it was agreed that these members should be elected to the committee:

Jenny Duncan (568)

Proposer: Juliette Edwards Seconder: Jan Hynes

Lisa Larsson (492)

Proposer: Juliette Edwards Seconder: Jenny Duncan

Juliette Edwards is Founder Member and Life Member of the Committee.

These members agreed to become committee members.

Two members of the committee have resigned and are not seeking re-election. There are therefore two posts vacant.

Alan Lloyd had explained to the members, in the Chair’s Report, that it was within the power of the committee to co-opt members. Two members had expressed interest but were too late for nomination. They could be co-opted to join the committee and the committee were minded to consider them. However, this was a committee matter and would be discussed by the members of the committee in the near future. Action: Biographies to be sought and distributed for the Committee to consider

Action: Nominations for Election of Officers and Committee to take place. Their biographies to be submitted to members prior to the 2017 AGM

Appointment of Auditor:

It was proposed by Alan Lloyd and agreed by the floor that an auditor be appointed to scrutinise the finances of the BCCS for the year 2015 - 2016. The audit was to take the form used during the previous year. This was to have an appropriate person associated with the society to review the financial documentation. Alan asked Tim Wood if he would again to scrutinise the accounts

The proposal was accepted by the floor.

Action: AD to prepare Financial statement & documents to be audited by a suitable person (Tim Wood) The Financial Report and scrutinised accounts will be made available to members at the AGM 2017; a motion to approve them proposed and second

Any Other Business:

Due to the expense incurred with the printing and distribution of Face Facts the members were informed that to cut costs there would be three issues of Face Facts during the coming year rather than the four to date. The timings of these would be November, March and July. No objections were made and the changes were agreed.

The arrangements for the next AGM will take place at the next Convention at The Belfry Hotel Oxford on 30th September. The theme, organisation and arrangements to be confirmed by the Convention Committee.

Action: The Convention Sub-Committee JB, AD & AW to work on Convention planning in their assigned roles, negotiate theme with other members and make arrangements for 30/9/2017. The sub-committee to report progress to BCCS committee

Date of next AGM

Saturday 30th September at the 2017 Convention at The Oxford Belfry Hotel, Oxford

Action: For the next AGM, the 2016 minutes; 2017 AGM agenda and financial reports will be prepared by AL, AD & AW. It will take place during the Oxford Convention at The Belfry .

Minutes and agenda to be circulated before event by AW & JD through Face Facts and Convention Programme

The meeting closed at 12.00 mid-day.

It has been agreed that the minutes are a true reflection of the meeting and been signed accordingly

Signed ………………………………………………………………… Position ……………………………

Date……………………..


CONVENTION SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER

2017 PROGRAMME

The Oxford Belfry

Timings may be subject to Change

9.30 a.m. Doors open and Registration

10.45 Coffee

11.15 Lisa Larsson – Speaker – LSM (Presentation Area)

11.30 AGM (Presentation Area)

12.00 Lunch – 1st Sitting (Hotel Restaurant)

1.00 p.m. Lunch – 2nd Sitting (Hotel Restaurant)

2.30 – 3.30 Catherine Southon – Guest Speaker (Presentation Area)

3.30 – 3.50 Thanks and Raffle

4.00 Afternoon Tea

4.15 Finish

 

 

WHAT TO SEE IN OXFORD

BCCS CONVENTION 2017

SATURDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER

9.30 a.m. – 4.15 p.m.

THE OXFORD BELFRY HOTEL, MILTON COMMON

NR. THAME, OX9 2JW

TEL: 01844 279381

 

Oxford, often referred to as the city of ‘Dreaming Spires’, has many places to visit both inside the city and the surrounding area. The atmospheric golden-stone colleges of the University are clustered around the medieval streets with each college having its own special character and charm, from the intimate Corpus Christi to the splendour of Christ Church in St. Aldates or Magdalen. Most are open to visitors at various times and charges for entry.

Radcliffe Square in the heart of the University contains architectural gems formed by the medieval church of St. Mary The Virgin, The Bodleian Library and the Radcliffe Camera. Should you feel like a break there is an excellent, and very popular café, in ‘The Vaults’ nearby.

Other sites to see are the newly refurbished Ashmoleon Museum, Britain’s oldest public museum, which has a fine collection of Art and Archaeology or the University Museum, in South Park Road, which houses the Pitt Rivers Museum Collection. Here you will see some of the most extraordinary finds from around the world.

If museums are not for you, apart from the shopping, there are parks, gardens and rivers including the small botanic garden in Rose Lane just off the High Street. It is Britain’s oldest garden where the emphasis is on traditional herbal medicines and their use in modern medicine (£5 standard admission which also gives entry to Harcourt Arboretum, 6 miles south of Oxford, on the same day).

If you like walking then the best way to see Oxford is to join one of the many walking tours with a guide who will take you around the quiet back streets. There are several organisations who offer this service. Oxford Official Guided Tours (experienceoxfordshire.org). Tours include the Inspector Morse, Lewis and Endeavour experience. These begin from outside the Visitor Centre and start from £16. Oxford Tours, is a social enterprise using Undergraduate and Post-graduate students as guides and for £9.98 begin at Balliol College, Broad Street. There are other enterprising individuals who provide a free walking tour for a tip at the end. How much you pay depends on how much you like the tour!

Other highlights include Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street, Holywell Music Room, Hollywell Street and the Castle Museum, 44 -46 Castle Street. Feel like a spot of nostalgia? Friday 29th at the New Theatre has an ‘Elvis’ evening followed by one dedicated to ‘Queen’ on the 30th.

Outside the City there are other interesting places Blenheim Palace, the small town of Burford and The Oxford Antiques Centre at Yarnton located within Yarnton Nurseries, Sandy Lane, Kidlington OX5 1PA, between Oxford and Woodstock.

 


25th July 2017

I have just posted Andrea Wood's beautiful  FAVOURITE FIVE to the website. Please use left-hand menu to see

 


15th July 2017

Margaret Bright has sent in photos of her LATEST FIND which can be found on page three of that section.

If you would like to share your LATEST FIND or FAVOURITE FIVE or have any news, send it to me at geoffpowell@blueyonder.co.uk and I will put it on the site 

 


17th June 20017

There is an interesting query regarding a compact of new member Meg Stokes on page 26 of the Q & A section.   If you can help please email me at geoffpowell@blueyonder.co.uk 

 


6th June 2017

I have just uploaded 

Margaret Bright's 

FAVOURITE FIVE

Margaret has a query regarding one of them. If you can help please email me at geoffpowell@blueyonder.co.uk

 


6th June 2017

North East - Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear

Trisha is based in Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear wondered if there maybe interest amongst members in the North East to start a local group.

If you would like to make contact with Trish please email

Andrea secretarybccs@hotmail.com and she will pass your details on.

 


23rd May 2017

 

MEMBERS’ EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE 

FOR FACE FACTS

If you have any articles, queries or letters you would like to share with the membership then we would love to hear from you for the next issue of Face Facts. The deadline is 30th June 2017.

Please mark your emails Face Facts and send to: Andrea at -

secretarybccs@hotmail.com

 


22nd May 2017

Pictures of LATEST FINDS from  member Mandy Watts can be seen on page 3 of that section. 

 


16th May 2017

 WEST MIDLANDS MEETING

A meeting of the West Midlands Group took place near Wolverhampton on Saturday 13th May.

Once again Christina really went the extra mile to make us all welcome, the Vintage Afternoon Tea was the best I have ever had and the table layout was so pretty.....we even get a goody bag to take home.

As yet this is only a very small group but we are really starting to get to know one another personally which at the large convention is very hard to do......I do recommend that anybody who can make it comes along to the next meeting.

Thank you Christina for all your hard work and making the day so special for us ( see you at Oxford )

Margaret Bright

 


24th April 2017

Convention Tickets

Please do not be concerned if you have sent off your booking but not received your tickets yet. Bookings are being processed and your tickets will be sent out soon. 

Thanks for your patience.

Annette

 

 


13th April 2017

BCCS CONVENTION 2017

Saturday 30th September

THE OXFORD BELFRY, MILTON COMMON, NR. THAME, OX9 2JW

2.30pm -  GUEST SPEAKER

CATHERINE SOUTHON

CONVENTION EXHIBITION THEME

‘FABRIC TO FABRICATION’

NON-METAL COMPACTS, CONTAINERS AND OTHER BEAUTY EPHEMERA

THERE WILL BE A SELECTION OF COMPACTS, CARRYALLS, VANITIES, CONTAINERS, NOVELTIES AND WHIMSIES ON DISPLAY.

CONVENTION CATALOGUE MAY BE PURCHASED AT DOOR

DOORS OPEN 9.30 A.M.

DURING THE MORNING SESSION

LISA L. WILL GIVE A SHORT TALK ON THE SUBJECT OF LSM COMPACTS

 

TO BOOK YOUR TABLE OR TICKETS PLEASE COMPLETE THE BOOKING FORM INCLUDED IN THE CURRENT EDITION OF FACE FACTS AND SEND TO THE BCCS ADDRESS INDICATED

(PLEASE REMEMBER TO INCLUDE A LARGE STAMPED ADDRESSED ENVELOPE)

 


13th April 2017

South West Regional Group Meeting

 

Alison is planning to host a group meeting for members in the South West Region in early or middle of May. She would like to hear from those of you living in or near Devon who are interested in getting together as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made.

Alison’s contact details can be found in the March issue of face Facts or in your Membership Directory


9th March 2017

There is a new question from member Sheila Adams on page 25 of the Q & A section. If you can help please email me at geoffpowell@blueyonder.co.uk

 


6th March 2017

Member Lynne Miller has sent in some pictures and text about her latest find. See Page Three of that section.

 


20th February 2017

There are couple of interesting replies on page 25 of the Q & A section to a couple of questions from member Sue Lawton

 


13th February 2017

There is a new question from member Sally Ford on page 25 of the Q & A section. If you can help please email me at geoffpowell@blueyonder.co.uk 

 


11th February 2017

Mandy Watts has sent in a picture of her lovely LATEST FIND, please use menu to see. 

 


11th February 2017

I have today done some "housekeeping" on the website. An item moved to the ARCHIVE and a book listing to the BOOK section. Please use left-hand menu to access.

 


11th February 2017

There are a couple of  new interesting questions from member Sue Lawton on page 25 of the Q & A section. Please email me at geoffpowell@blueyonder.co.uk  if you can help.

 


11th February 2017

 

There is more information regarding  Mandy Watts's question on page 25 of the Q & A section.

 


4th February 2017

I have just uploaded a question from member Mandy Watts to page 25 of the Q & A section. f you can help please email me at geoffpowell@blueyonder.co.uk 

 


4th February 2017

There is an interesting reply from Jenny Duncan to Hannah O'Bryne's question on page 25 of the Q & A section.

 


1st February 2017

Some interesting news from Juliette Edwards.

"I was very happy to see Nina, Pam & Sarah again when they came to my home in mid-January. Unfortunately Linda was unable to join us. 

Despite the winter gloom outside we had a relaxed girly get-together looking back at the convention and forward to our individual plans for the year ahead, including some interesting travel ideas. We looked at some recent treasures and I got out the box of items I’ve offered to Andrea for this year’s convention exhibition, so that the group could handle them rather than just see them (if selected) in the exhibition cases. The bases and interiors can often be as interesting as the lids, can’t they? 

After tea, more chat and New Year wishes, the members departed into the dusk. I look forward to seeing them all again in the spring. Next meeting TBA." 

Juliette.

 


25th January 2017

A MESSAGE FROM JENNY DUNCAN

In the last issue of Face Facts, Issue 73 November 2016, if you turn to page 7, you will see a notice about Lisa's LSM Identification Guides. Volume 1 covers German made compacts and fancy goods from 1930-1939. Volume 2 covers English and Scottish LSM compacts from 1945-1955. Both are printed on spiral-bound laminated paper and are £20 plus postage. Vol. 2 is available in a smaller format for £10 plus postage. Please email Lisa about availability and postage to larsson@tesco.net

These Guides are what you need for identifying LSM models, but do not tell the history of the company. No one else has researched this brand in the depth that Lisa has undertaken and a full history of the company was published in three issues of Face Facts, Issue 54 February 2012, Issue 55 May 2012 and Issue 56 September 2012. There may be some back copies still available to buy, so do email Julie Owen who deals with BCCS merchandise on julie.owen107@googlemail.com

I will, in time, put more Face Facts features onto the website in pdf format.

 

 


23rd January 2017

I have just added two interesting photos sent in by member Mandy Watts. To view please use LATEST FINDS link on left-hand menu and go to Page 2.

 


17th January 2017

Just to let members know. If they find the Belfry a little rich for their blood, there is an alternative. The Ramada Oxford is 10 mins away, prices at least half of the Belfry, breakfast included, but book NOW. Also other B & B's in the area.

Alison Davis.

 



Next year’s exhibition your help needed!

FABRIC TO FABRICATION

NON-METAL COMPACTS, CONTAINERS AND OTHER BEAUTY EPHEMERA

 

Andrea will be curating our convention display for 2017 on this fascinating theme and is looking for:

Purses/Dorothy bags, dansant bags, pouches in different fabrics including plush, silks, leather, suede etc. I am hoping to find the Rex “Victory” bag in dark blue with stripes.

Other compacts in fabrics, leather, suede, possibly crocodile/snakeskin.

Novelty compacts such as guitar, castanets, globe or ball styles etc. as well as the Schuco novelties.

 'D'/horse shoe shaped compacts in various materials with zips and other fastenings, made in leather, faux leather, suede, plastic, Bakelite and fabric etc.

Examples of a range of compacts and containers made from:

Plastic/Lucite/celluloid/Bakelite etc.

Bone/ivory and wood.

A range of MAVCO plastics would be interesting.

I would like to try to include compacts which have Lucite inserts or those manufactured in a combination of metal and plastic. This will depend on space.”

If you can help, please email: secretarybccs@hotmail.com

 


7th February 2014

You can now follow us on the websites below; click on a ink to visit the pages.  There are lots of lovely photos of compacts to be seen.

http://www.pinterest.com/mwmbls/british-compact-collectors-society/

 

 

http://britishcompactcollectorssociety.tumblr.com/