|Date and Time 4th Monday of the month - bimonthly|
|Meeting Place see activities|
We currently have 11 members and meet bi-monthly on the 4th Monday of the odd months - January, March, etc. A speaker is arranged for each meeting with topics ranging from reviewing stamps and stamp albums to postal history.
A previous speaker introduced us to forensic stamp collecting, specialising in 'crash mail'. The exhibits showed the misfortunes of others and he undertook considerable research to find the provenance of the mail packet. Examples and history were from vessels sunk by U-boats, plane crashes and buildings damaged by WWII bombing. A fascinating collection presented by a man of the world. Several speakers have shown their own collections and one memorable meeting reviewed the complete collection of British Central Africa and Nyasaland stamps; to aficionados this is probably as good as it gets!
Other meetings have been on postal history from the Channel Islands (as far back at the 17th century) and British Central Africa where it was quite fascinating to learn how the mail managed to get through in the 19th century. Other interesting gatherings have been on Australian Antarctic Territory, Rhodesia, British postal history (including locally franked penny blacks and reds), British stamp misprints and even a collection of Butlin's mail – which would you believe also has a value.
Our members are not all active collectors, but they do enjoy the fascinating world around stamps and the friendly atmosphere in which we meet. Meetings normally take place in one of the member's houses with a cup of tea and generally a little bit of cake or a biscuit!
New members are welcome (we currently have both female and male enthusiasts) to spend an occasional afternoon developing a common interest in stamps, history, geography and perhaps even some politics. If you have an old album or collection, why not rekindle your interest and come along. It's not just stamps!
Please contact the Convenor, John Small on email@example.com or call 01494 76 2000 for an update or further details.
General review and perusal of collection
|20th may||Speaker — provisionally on South Africa|
|22nd July||Presentation on postal history|
|23rd september||Speaker or a visit to Autumn Stampex Show (London)|
Speaker — to be arranged