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Posted by Lee Mannering (Member # 728) on September 24, 2015, 04:18 AM:
Here are full details of the Group 9-5 (film fair) Get-Together 2015.

Sunday 18th October 2015
Doors open 11am till 7pm
Admission £5 to the public.

Refreshments available all day.

Harpenden Public Halls
Southdown Road

A room full of cine traders selling projectors, films and just about anything to do with film/cinema.
9.5mm-8mm-16mm-17.5mm-35mm etc.

This is the 54th year and has always been a really friendly event for decades where you will find plenty of bargains usually.

Also included is a 9.5mm sound film show and amateur film competition subject to entries.

The legendary film auction is also in its 54th year.

Carry on collecting!
Posted by Dominique De Bast (Member # 3798) on September 24, 2015, 04:47 AM:
I'll be there :-)
Posted by Mark Mander (Member # 340) on September 24, 2015, 11:59 AM:
I'll definately be there as I'm selling loads of films,got quite a few bargains on offer,Mark.
Posted by Terry Sills (Member # 3309) on September 24, 2015, 12:31 PM:
I'll be there all being well. Great venue and a chance to meet old friends again.
Posted by Ken Finch (Member # 2768) on October 03, 2015, 12:05 PM:
I am going as usual. Look out for me and say "Hello" Don't be shy!!! I will probably be with my old friend Brian. We met in Egypt whilst doing our National Service in 1952. How the years fly by!! ken Finch.
Posted by Lee Mannering (Member # 728) on October 14, 2015, 05:53 AM:
Its nearly time! [Big Grin]
Posted by Dominique De Bast (Member # 3798) on October 16, 2015, 01:35 AM:
I'll take the train for London tonight [Smile]
Posted by Lee Mannering (Member # 728) on October 19, 2015, 02:56 AM:
Good to see you Dom, quite busy this year with a good number from this forum tuning up and nice to have a chat with everyone.
Posted by Dominique De Bast (Member # 3798) on October 19, 2015, 08:06 AM:
Lee, it's only the second time I attended the Get Together 9,5 so I can only compare with last year and I found that 2015 was better, not only because there were more films and material but also because the 9,5 amateur films competition came back (it had to be cancelled last year due to a lack of enough entries).
As last year, I discovered that in Britain the train tickets you buy at the machines have to be used the same day or are not valid anymore, I went to the ticket office to be sure to buy the right thing. Doing that, I was informed that there were works on the underground line I take to go to San Pancras station, so I planned an alternative route. I was ready and was on time at the train station on Sunday to discover (UK is full of surprises...) an iron curtain at the entrance of the train network for Harpenden ! I thought there was a strike but fortunately it was just a form of British humour and the man from the information desk told me to go upstairs (normally you take the train at the level -1), which I did and...nobody asked to see my ticket.
Lee, you insisted that I took this picture :-)
Posted by Lee Mannering (Member # 728) on October 19, 2015, 08:37 AM:
[Cool] [Smile] [Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Smile] [Cool]
Good old Harry Roy and his band must be shown at all times Dom! [Big Grin]

A good attendance all round and plenty of choice.

You are right Dom it was good and quite brisk at times with some nice kit available. My own prized purchase would have been a new film for my Christmas shows thanks to young Mark Mander.
Posted by Dominique De Bast (Member # 3798) on October 19, 2015, 10:00 AM:
You saved me the trouble to upload one of my pictures, Lee as I took it from the same point of view you took yours :-)
Here is another part of the hall.
One of the numerous projectors which were on sale.
The projector ready to show 9,5 films. We were Lucky to see two a sonorized version of The Cabinet Of Doctor Caligari and several amateur films (two at the beginning of the afternoon and the other ones at 5pm during the films competition)
The rewards awaiting...
One of the two winners.
Posted by Brian Fretwell (Member # 4302) on October 19, 2015, 04:38 PM:
A great event' unfortunately I could not stay very long. Partly due to buying a Eumig S 932 from the Bring & Buy (a £25 bargain), partly due to other commitments. Lee's photo of it shows me there (red coat, back to camera) looking in the £1 bin.
I also bought a couple of Wombles films from Mark and found a 6v 10w editor bulb on one stand to replace the one that blew last week. I haven't downloaded my photos yet - I'll put some up when I do. I'm looking forwards to next year's event.
Posted by Douglas Meltzer (Member # 28) on October 19, 2015, 04:40 PM:
Looks wonderful!

Dominique, it's great that you made the trip.

Posted by Paul Barker (Member # 4318) on October 19, 2015, 05:07 PM:
some nice pictures here.hopefully more to come. as usual, these events are always a tremendous time for like minded people. Dominique you must truly be congratulated on doing the journey you did to get there.
Posted by Dominique De Bast (Member # 3798) on October 19, 2015, 05:33 PM:
Douglas and Paul, it really worthed it !I will do my best to be there next year as well. I'm not only happy for the material that was on sale and for the projections but I was also pleased to see now familiar British ninefivers and other collectors'faces (including members of this forum). That's what a day like that is about. There is something the pictures don't show : the daughters of the late John Ferrari came specially to sell to passionate people (instead of making profit by selling directly to a seller or through EBay) the collection of one of the former President of the Group 9,5. They had displayed pictures of their father on the wall behind the table on which they had the films (and some material). While I was having a look through the films, it was touching to hear people coming to say they knew personnaly John Ferrari and the girls also asked to some people if they knew him. It was absolutely not a question of business there. I was offered by one of the daughters a displayer with samples of different gauges and a pullover with a cine design as a souvenir. I didn't want to picture the corner as it would have been just a part of the day, which was not, it was something very special. Maybe someone took a picture for the British 9,5 magazine as a tribute, but as I never met John Ferrari personnally, I didn't feel I had the right to do that. Those who had the opportunity to go to the projection hall could see a screening of John Ferrari and Roger Spence who was also a former president of the British club.
Posted by David Guest (Member # 2791) on October 25, 2015, 07:01 PM:
Hi dom are you coming to Blackpool this year would be a shame to miss it
Posted by Dominique De Bast (Member # 3798) on October 26, 2015, 05:57 PM:
David, distance is the only reason for which I haven't been there, yet. Blackpool is far away from London by train (keeping in mind that London would not be my starting point) and by plane you have to tell the company in advance the number of pieces luggage you will have and their weight, which is impossible as you don't know what you will buy at such event. Failing to do that pushes the prices of the cost of the flight to unreasonnable costs, as you have also to book the train ticket from the airport to the city, which is a kind of lottery as it is not unusual for planes to have delays. although it will not be this year, I still hope to be able to make it at least once.
Posted by Dominique De Bast (Member # 3798) on September 20, 2016, 03:06 AM:
The next edition is coming soon :-)The 16 th October is the day to tick in your diary.
Posted by Terry Sills (Member # 3309) on September 20, 2016, 08:53 AM:
Yes a great event and a lovely venue. I'm so glad I met John Ferrari, he was lovely unassuming man and a great authority of all things cine, especially 9.5.
Harpenden is always a well attended friendly get together and I look forward to going again this year. So many keen and knowledgeable people all in one room.
The refreshments are excellent and not expensive. If you've never been before its well worth the trip.
Posted by Brian Fretwell (Member # 4302) on September 20, 2016, 12:27 PM:
I intend to go again this year, despite the my back appearing in the first photo posted here (I'll not be wearing a red coat again!!).
Posted by Dominique De Bast (Member # 3798) on September 20, 2016, 03:25 PM:
We need more pictures of British members, so try to face a camera this year :-)
Posted by Dominique De Bast (Member # 3798) on September 26, 2016, 02:11 PM:
I've just booked my hostel in London (33 € for three nights).
Posted by Dominique De Bast (Member # 3798) on October 14, 2016, 08:51 AM:
It's this week-end ! I will take the train to London this evening :-)
Posted by Brian Fretwell (Member # 4302) on October 16, 2016, 10:29 AM:
Good to see you there Dominique, also Adrian and several (including Keith Wilton) from Ealing BFCC. Haven't downloaded the pictures from the camera, so don't worry about them being here :-)
Posted by Mark Mander (Member # 340) on October 16, 2016, 11:00 AM:
I picked up a couple of films and a projector from the bring and buy stall, saw a few familiar faces,next 9.5 do is in pimlico in April so try and attend, Mark
Posted by Terry Sills (Member # 3309) on October 17, 2016, 01:16 AM:
Great meeting and so well attended despite the weather. Sold a couple of projectors and picked up a few 9.5 soundies and a Few other goodies.
Nice to see some familiar faces including Dom (always a regular) but no Lee? Perhaps deterred by the horrendous weather early on.
Look forward to seeing some photos.
Posted by Dominique De Bast (Member # 3798) on October 17, 2016, 02:21 PM:
It has been, once again a success. I was happy to see known faces and lucky to find 9.5 sound films. I will start the photos of people. I should have pictured more members but I have been busy all the day :-) I hope to meet again some members of this forum at the BFCC.


Ken Finch, member of this forum. You can now put a face on his face if you never met him in person.


Tony Reypert, not member of this forum but famous among the ninefivers, he's mister Buckingham Film Services and thanks to him we have those reliable converted projectors. One of them was on sale at Harpenden.


Christopher Bird. Not only a ninefiver but also a twentyeighter :-)


Graham Sinden, who take care of the projections. They are always perfect.


A general view.
Posted by Terry Sills (Member # 3309) on October 17, 2016, 03:01 PM:
Well done Dom. Im glad you have given names to faces. Some I already knew but others although familiar, I do not know by name.
There is a guy (who is a regular) that I do not know by name. He is a tall slim man who always wears a trilby hat. Does anyone know who I mean?
Posted by Dominique De Bast (Member # 3798) on October 17, 2016, 03:11 PM:
I think I know who you mean but I never talked to this person and don't know his name.


Second general view.


Isn't that beautiful ?


The same seller had this projector...


...and this one !


The projection room.
Posted by Graham Sinden (Member # 431) on October 17, 2016, 03:25 PM:
Thanks Dom for those pictures.

I had a wonderful time as well and I'm glad the film show went without a hitch. Bought a few items including a load of Movie Makers that weigh a ton! but also sold a few items as well. An excellent day. Nice photo of me BTW [Smile]

Graham S

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Posted by Dominique De Bast (Member # 3798) on October 17, 2016, 03:49 PM:

Nothing can beat a movie projection !


The auction.


This is what I brought back from my trip to the UK. All the films are 9.5 sound ones. On the rear, a camera tripod (I have been looking for a strong one like this to replace the had I had but is broken ; they are expensive here but could buy this one for 10 pounds !). On the right, empty 16 mm spools and cores (I will use them for scopitones). On the left, a beautiful Pathé Baby rewinder. I came at Harependen with the bag I brought to carry my travel staff (clothes, towel, soap and so on) for the week-end. As this bag was full and heavy, I decided to leave it at the left luggage in King's Cross trein station and had to buy a nice shopping bag with London views in a souvenir shop to put all what I had left at the hostel (the same as usual, 27 £ for three night :-)
Posted by Ken Finch (Member # 2768) on October 20, 2016, 12:32 PM:
Thanks for posting my photo Dominique. Now fellow forum members will recognise me at the forthcoming Ealing event. I dutifully, did wear a name tag at Harpenden which helped.!!! I am terrible at remembering peoples names myself these days. Its an "age" thing. However, many of the "usual suspects" I have known for many years. Sadly, each year there are fewer of them. Best wishes , Ken Finch.
Posted by Ken Finch (Member # 2768) on October 29, 2016, 03:17 PM:
Terry Sills, I met the fellow with the Trilby at Ealing today, spoke to him and his name is Nigel Lister. That answers your post of October 17th. Also had quite a "natter" with Dom. Ken Finch.

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