There are approximately 150 members of Club of Anchor Friends (Club van Ankervrienden, CVA), including thirteen Americans. The CVA publishes a Newsletter (Mededelingenblad, MLB) four times a year. Although the MLB articles are written in the language of the author (Dutch, German, English -- we would welcome a Frenchman) full English and German translations are available at no extra cost, except for postage for the one in German. The MLB always includes a "Buy and Sell" column. Dues for the CVA are Hfl 90 for Dutch members, Hfl 95 for other Europeans and Hfl 110 for overseas members. The dues include the MLB, and the difference in dues reflects the postage costs. New members are always welcome.
The CVA holds its meetings twice a year, usually on the fourth Saturday of April and October, at the Hotel Toor in Alphen a/d Rijn, Netherlands. The last meeting was on October 26, 1996; the next meeting will be on April 26, 1997, starting at 10:00 AM. Visitors are welcome. I hope to be there. The CVA also puts on exhibitions of Anchor products, including large Anchor block buildings. CVA members build the display models over the week preceding the opening.
The CVA has an Archive, which includes more than 2,000 original documents. Copies are available at no cost, other than copying cost (b/w is usually free) and postage. Color copies are available.
The CVA published its Stone Catalog, which covers all of the stone shapes Richter made, plus shapes made by other innovators. Metal parts and most other accessories are included in the catalog. The contents of the sets are also listed. The cost of the catalog sheets (European size paper, intended for loose leaf use) is f 40, plus postage costs. Although I bought ten at the last meeting, along with European four hole binders, I may not have any extras by this time. If I do, they cost $40, postage and binder included. All Anchor people need, and will want, a copy.
People interested in more information on the CVA can e-mail me, in the USA, or Jos Ars, in the Netherlands, or write the CVA's Secretary: Leo Coffeng, Blauwedijk 2, NL-7218 Almen, Netherlands; 0575-431542. Of course, Leo is fluent in German, French and English, as well as his native Dutch.
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