The Nottinghamshire Philatelic Society

Members' and Society News



President: Bill Whitaker.
Honorary Life President and Life Member:  Allen Wood FRPSL .
Honorary Life Member: Sandra Poole.
Hon. Secretary : Sandra Poole.
Hon. Treasurer: David Shipstone.
Immediate Past President: Brian Clayton.
Publicity officer and web site manager: Douglas Harvey.
Circulation Packet Manager: Chris Murphy.
Committee: the above and elected Committee Members: Richard Capon, Oswaldo Ponce and Bryan Button.
Auctioneer and MPF representative: Allen Wood.
Independent Examiner (of Society Accounts)  Brian Farrow.
Subscriptions: Currently £10.00 per annum for all members (payable in January).


It is with great sadness that we report that Tony Marshall died on 15th June. Details of the funeral are not yet known to the Society.

Manuel Fernandes (1942 - 2019) passed away in his sleep early on 25th March.
Manuel joined our Society in 2014 and attended meetings on a regular basis until prevented by illness. He had a career in publishing and then, combining his love of good food with business, he opened up a restaurant in Trinity Square and also cafes with books available for customers to read. He also had a love of long-distance swimming and one story told of him swimming out to sea with a child on his back!
The funeral was at Mansfield Crematorium on 8th April. Six members of the Nottinghamshire Philatelic Society attended.We send our sympathy to Eileen and the family. (S.P)

Veronica Woodward (1943-2019) died sudddenly on 1st April, following a stroke.
She had been a member of the Notts Philatelic Society from 1979 to 2018 and had supported the exchange packet scheme.
The funeral service was held at Bulwell United Reformed Church, on 23rd April where Veronica has had a long association. In the tribute, Reverend Colin Bone made reference to Veronica's love for the British countryside and flowers, her patience as a primary school teacher and her care for her friends and neighbours in Bulwell. In addition to philately, Veronica had interests in history and the National Trust and she had been the treasurer of the Nottingham Mechanics Club. We send our sympathy to John and the family. (D.H.).


Congratulations to Chis and Maria Murphy who were married on 23rd March 2019.



The regulations of the Data Protection Act require that we obtain and retain evidence from all members to show that consent has been given for their personal data to be stored and processed using computers and ledgers. The data held by the committee of The Nottinghamshire Philatelic Society has these details for each member:  name, postal address, subscriptions paid, e-mail address, telephone number(s) and year of joining. These are required to maintain the membership list, to communicate dates and contents of forthcoming events, including meetings, visits, displays and auctions, and to control the movement of packages containing stamps and items for sale or sold. Society officers and members are required to keep the details of other members confidential. Such details should not be disclosed with intent to any third party without permission. If a member resigns from the Society or leaves the committee, the appropriate recorded data held by the Society will be removed and the obligation to maintain confidentiality regarding continuing members of the Society will remain in place.


The 25th Phoenix Trophy Meeting on 3rd May 2019: The highlight was a series of displays by previous winners, including section winners and a special display by Frank Walton, FRPSL, RDP. The special display was in three parts: (i) GB Wildings (ii) Railway Parcel Labels and (iii) Air Mail from Sierra Leone. Our Hon. Secretary contributed a fine display of Danish Postal Stationery. The displays were of very high quality and all were presented with excellent documentation. There was a wealth of interesting items on view, in a poorly lit room. Sadly, the presenters were not able to introduce their displays, with the exception of Frank Walton, who was allowed to speak for 5 minutes. This was because the "pub quiz" dominated the early part of the evening and the quiz was followed by a buffet. (D.H.)


Club 16 Sheet Competitions: November 15th 2018

The competition evening was another success- we had 9 entries and all were of a very high standard. The winning entries were as follows:

Postal History: Bill Whitaker, 'Civil Censorship in Australian Dependences during World War II'. Other entries were Dennis Boot, 'Scottish Additional ½d' and Mike Siverns 'North West Frontier'.
Open Class:  Chris Tennant, 'Cypher Stamps'.
Traditional: Bill Whitaker ' Australia Stamps of King George VI' . This was also judged to be the best display of the competition. Other entries were: Dennis Boot, 'Perfins' and Andrew Pearson 'Stamps of Grenada'.
Thematic: Bill Whitaker 'Australian Transport' Other entry: Mick Inger, 'The Zeppelin Story'.
Novice Cup: This was awarded to Andrew Pearson.

The ONE SHEET Competition is held annually at the Christmas social. Members are invited to enter a single sheet on any theme and are each allowed two minutes to introduce the entry. The winner is judged by popular vote. The trophy is a wooden bowl, height 114 mm, having a maximum diameter 53 mm, made from pear wood by Alan Squires and presented to the Society by himself in 2014. This replaced the previous metal egg cup.

The competition in 2018 was held on 21st December. There were 10 entries, which illustrates the popularity of this event. Sandra Poole won the competition, which was brought to a tie breaker with the entry from Bryan Button.
Sandra produced " A Quite Remarkable Letter" written and posted in Ulverston in February 1853 with a penny red stamp, it was sent to Kendal. But the Kendal receiving post office had incorrectly cancelled it as 1835 - a date before the penny black. Believe it or not, the letter was apparently received 18 years before it was sent! The proof is irrefutable !


In the 2018 competition, Bryan Button showed a Belgian miniature sheet which was placed second as a result of the tie-breaker, The mini- sheet was the Bloc number 98, issued as a Christmas souvenir in 2002. 
In 2017, Douglas Harvey won the competition with "Puss in Boots" stamps. David Shipstone was awarded the trophy in December 2016 with an amusing torn Christmas card. Bryan Button won in 2015 with Picture Post Card from somewhere in Germany to Wolverhampton in Great Britain. In 2014 the competition was won by Dennis Boot, an entry of a 19th Century Christmas card posted on 24th December, for delivery on Christmas Day. The previous winners were Sandra Poole (2011), Adrian Ritoridis (2012) and David Shipstone (2013).



     1999  Derrick Avery				(no entry)          

     2000  Norton Collier				Norton Collier

     2001  Derrick Avery				Ken Benham                      

     2002  Barbara Inger				Peter Vasey

     2003  Mike Siverns					David Shipstone

     2004  Derrick Avery				Doug Stubbings
     2005  Derrick Avery				Derrick Avery

     2006  Doug Stubbings			David Ball and David Shipstone

     2007  Derrick Avery				Wendy Orr

     2008  Dennis Boot					Dennis Boot 

     2009  Dennis Boot				Dennis Boot and Barbara Inger

     2010  (no entry)					(no entry)

     2011  Doug Stubbings				Brian Clayton

     2012  Dennis Boot					Dennis Boot

     2013  Dennis Boot					Dennis Boot

     2014  Mike Siverns					Dennis Boot                                   

     2015  Tony Sibley					Dennis Boot 
     2016  Dennis Boot					Dennis Boot
     2017  Alan Squires					Dennis Boot
     2018  Bill Whitaker				Bill Whitaker 

     1999 Doug Stubbings			Wendy Orr and Derrick Avery
     2000 Doug Stubbings				Ian Jakes	     
     2001 Wendy Orr 					Jackie Benham

     2002 Wendy Orr 				Norman Collier and Mick Inger

     2003 (no entry)					(no entry)

     2004 Mick Inger					David Shipstone					

     2005 Doug Stubbings				Ken Benham				

     2006 Doug Stubbings 				Doug Stubbings

     2007 Doug Stubbings				Sandra Poole

     2008 Doug Stubbings				Wendy Orr

     2009 Mick Inger					Doug Stubbings

     2010 Jackie Benham					(no entry)

     2011 Adrian Ritoridis			Jackie Benham and Doug Stubbings

     2012 Doug Stubbings				Adrian Ritoridis

     2013 Douglas Harvey				Doug Stubbings

      THEMATIC (continued)			OPEN CLASS (commenced 2014)

     2014 (no entry)					Sandra Poole

     2015 Bill Whitaker					Doug Stubbings
     2016 David Shipstone			Brian Clayton and Chris Tennant
     2017 (no entry)					Sandra Poole

     2018 Bill Whitaker					Chris Tennant

          NOVICE						JUNIOR 

     2006 David Ball				2000, 2001 Ben Stubbings

     2008 Dennis Boot 

     2010 Douglas Harvey
     2011 Adrian Ritoridis
     2017 Oswaldo Ponce

     2018 Andrew Pearson

AWARDS 2018/19:

Framed certificate for the society member gaining the most votes for a presentation, 2018-9 programme:

Winner: Alan Squires: "St Helena" (89%).
Runners up: Tony Sibley, Brian Clayton.(88%)

President's Cup (Service Award) 2018-9: Alan Squires.

THE SOCIETY DINNER, 3rd April 2019

The 105th Year Society dinner was again held at The Rancliffe Arms in Bunny. It was attended by 18 members and guests.
Our poet laureate, George Kirkham, was present and promised that we would eventually get yet another specially composed poem:
He delivered the poem for all to read at the AGM on 26th April and has kindly consented to allow this publication.

We were shown to our table by a smiling host.
I think I have already mentioned the ghost;
I imagine he must be a genial feller,
Spending time in the beer cellar.
At least he should; but he's lost his head.
Its not where it ought to be, its under his arm instead.
He can pour in the booze but it comes out of his throat,
His poor old body gets nothing or nowt.
Let's leave him under the floor,
Not to be mentioned, not never, no more.

By the way,
Let me say:
"Anyone mentioning the 'B' word,
Be sure our wrath, he will have incurred";
He'll be flung out the door,
As he hits the floor,
To bounce back twice and roll in the mud.
That'll teach him, or at least it should.

Back to our dinner, tables and chairs,
Behind us are all our worries and cares.
As usual, the venue proved a winner,
We sat there stuffed, mute and full of dinner.
We all had a good and satisfying feast.
I want nothing to eat till Tuesday at least.
I would like to thank Brian, Sandra and David
For organising our bun-fight. Twelve months pass rapid.
Please let us raise our glasses, beakers and cup
And give silent thanks, we are still here to sup.
Next year the organisers can sit back and relax,
No need for 'Rennies' or 'Ex-Lax'.

Thanks to you all for putting up with this ramble,
As you rush out of the door in an undignified scramble.

THE SOCIETY DINNER, 18th April 2018

Photographs taken by Maria Hall at the Dinner can be viewed here.  

The 104th Year Society dinner was again held at The Rancliffe Arms in Bunny. It was attended by 23 members and guests. Our poet laureate, George Kirkham, was present and recited yet another specially composed poem:

The Society's bun fight
Was on a Wednesday night
The Rancliffe Arms, our destination.
We'd been there before
So we knew the score
And Rancliffe's grand reputation.
We were shown to our room
And we all sat 'doon'
Full of anticipation.
We greeted each other
Whether sister or brother
Or even by marital relation.
Our plates piled high
With spuds, gravy and pie
And to heck with indigestion.
Those who felt good
Went for some pud
And scoffed with great expedition,
Feeling full and replete
We got to our feet
And gave the organisers an ovation.
On going home by car
We thought 'this isn't far'
It was nearer than our expectation.
If the bosses are up to the task
We would humbly ask
For at least a suitable repetition.

(From the Spring 2018 Newsletter).

THE SOCIETY DINNER, 5th April 2017

The 103rd Year Society dinner was held at The Rancliffe Arms in Bunny. It was attended by 24 members and guests. Our poet laureate, George Kirkham, was present and recited another specially composed poem:

The time has come, it's now after 7.30
Any later, and members get shirty.
'The Rancliffe Arms' is again our venue
For members, friends and relations to renew
Their common affliction for bits of sticky paper
To plant on pages ( the maker)
Then gather round and go 'oo' and 'RR'
At some bloke's collection of South Zanzibar.
Some folks I know take their collections to heart
Me ? I just like to play my very small part.
I am reminded I am a philatelic Philistine
Everyone's collection is better than mine;
Still I enjoy the Society's social side,
I'm standing up here and won't try to hide.
I now feel emotional, full and moved
As tonight's events have gone and proved
So "thank you, Ossie, for tonight's event,
Everything just right, it came and went",
As we are now replete it becomes clear,
We are launched on our way to another philatelic year.

(From the Spring 2017 Newsletter).


THE SOCIETY DINNER, 6th April 2016

Photographs taken by Bryan Button at the Dinner and George's Poem can be viewed here.




Dr Vic Holland has written an interesting article in the June 2016 edition of the newsletter of the Macclesfield Model Railway Society.
The carriage labels for letters and parcels were introduced in 1891 but by the time of the railway groupings in 1923, letter usage had declined and parcel labels were introduced. Examples of the labels are shown.


The Letter Box Study Group (LBSG) is an independent and self-financed politically non-aligned organisation. It was formed in 1976 and has grown from small beginnings to become the recognised authority in the history and development of the British road-side letter box. It helps Royal Mail in its heritage obligations but there is no formal relationship or link. The LBSG operates completely autonomously from any other organisation.
The aim of the LBSG is to encourage research into letter box history, to undertake preservation and conservation, as well as recording and documenting Britain's letter box heritage. This includes overseas, where British boxes or box designs have been used.
Members approach letter boxes from many different directions: philately, postal history, social history, street furniture, casting and manufacturing heritage. All, however, are captivated by the romance of the iconic letter box, so central for so long to the communication network of the British Isles.
In 2005 the LBSG embarked on an ambitious project called The Guide to British Letter Boxes. It aims to be the definitive publication on the subject and is being issued part by part in full colour sections.
This is just a small section from the Letter Box Study Group brochure. For further details, visit or write to the Membership Secretary at 38 Leopold Avenue, Birmingham B20 1ES The group maintains a directory of types of boxes and details of their location. The aim is to record all 115,500 UK boxes. (From a Letter Box Study Group flier, submitted by Sandra Poole)

David Shipstone recently visited Wittenberg in Germany and spotted the ‘post office’of the City-Brief Kurier .This is a privately run letter and parcel service covering the central area of Germany. It has operated since 1999 and they have more than 3,000 satisfied customers (their words!) David had hoped to send a letter to himself at his hotel’s address using the City-Brief Kurier service, with the intention of then passing it on to me for my collection. Unfortunately, his visit was at the wrong end of the week and the office was closed; he was leaving soon after. The thought was there!



Bryan and Minou Button have just returned from another visit to Brussels and added further comments to Bryan’s short report in the Spring Newsletter on how there were now just two stamp shops remaining there: We all realise that it is very largely due to the introduction and increasing prevalence of information technology into our lives in its many forms. Ebay and philatelic websites in reality now provide easy access to what is available and what it costs.(S.P.).

For Belgium, the facts and figures for over 5,600 stamps are available online, covering the period 1849 to 2010. Fewer stamps are in circulation for letters and parcels, thanks to the franking machines. Still Belgapost offers the new stamps whenever they are issued and are very efficient in providing them to the keen amateur.(B.B.)

In the shop of a thousand accessories
Under the sign of ‘Rowland Hill’
There you will find a frustrated philatelist
By the name of unhinged Lil  (G.K.)

Editorial comment: This started me thinking- who now uses stamp shops? I am amazed these days, how many adults do not even know the meaning of the word ‘philately’, whereas when we were children, it trippedof our tongue as often as ‘ice cream’ and ‘bubblegum’. A neighbour was amazed to see a commemorative stamp on an envelope and wondered what it was; the machin booklets and the demise of post offices have a lot to answer for. As children, we got most of our stamps by swapping with others, from our mail, from little packets sold at newsagents and even ‘approvals’ sent through the post until we realised we actually had to pay for them! I myself rarely go into a stamp shop as it is a rare one that sells what I now collect, but I do sometimes go in for accessories. My main source is Ebay, specialist club auctions and large exhibitions Many stamp shop owners may have found stamp fairs a better source of revenue and with fewer overheads. Our local shop, however, always seems busy when I do go in. There are also long queues of dealers and collectors alike at the Royal Mail stand at Stampex.
Do other members patronise stamp shops and what would the future be without them? (S.P.)
(From the Autumn 2013 Newsletter)

Disclaimer: While every care is taken during production of the reports, neither the editor or Society Officers can accept any liability for views or unintentional publication errors that may occur.


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