Due to shrinking membership, members of The Thames Valley Antique Dealers’ Association (TVADA) have voted unanimously to disband at the end of the year.
In a letter announcing the decision, taken
at a meeting on October 22, committee member John Ebdon said: "We
all know these are challenging times for anyone involved in this
"Many dealerships are changing and
shrinking, auction houses have gone 'live' and there is a squeeze
on the luxury end of the retail market (to name but a few).
"This is significant for us within the
Thames Valley area as in recent years many of the larger, founder
members of TVADA are either no longer trading or are doing so in a
different way and other regional associations have also disappeared
in recent years.
"The consequence of all these changes has
been a shrinking of TVADA membership and so after much consultation
with our members and discussions on the future of TVADA amongst the
committee, it has been decided to cease running the
Mr Ebdon added that the committee would like
to thank LAPADA for their support, as well as members past and
present, clients and members of the trade.
TVADA was formed in 1989 by Willie Clegg of
The Country Seat, Graham Wells of Summers Davis, Alisdair Brown,
Edward Reily Collins of Hallidays and Josie Smith.
Over the years the association has held
fairs at various venues including The Swan at Tetsworth, the
antiques centre in Oxfordshire run by active TVADA member Rita
Woodman for 20 years. After her retirement, the Swan has now been
bought by Tom Keane of Chiswick Auctions and his business partner
James Wang, a Chinese entrepreneur.
The UK lost another of its longstanding
trade associations in 2007 with the disbanding of the Bath and
Bradford on Avon Antique Dealers' Association. However, its members
quickly regrouped to form the West of England Antique Dealers'
Association with its membership drawn from Tetbury in the north of
the region down to Cornwall and across to Salisbury.