The Nottinghamshire Philatelic Society

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President: Allen Wood FRPSL (Honorary Life Member)
Honorary Life Member: Sandra Poole
Vice President: Brian Clayton.
Deputy Vice President: Gerry Rose 
Hon. Secretary : Sandra Poole.
Hon. Treasurer: David Shipstone.
Publicity officer and web site manager: Douglas Harvey
Committee: the above and Packet Manager: Mick Inger; Past President: Oswaldo Ponce;
Elected Committee Members: Alan Squires, Bryan Button and Mike Siverns FRPSL.
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).

     OBITUARY: Ron Stammers (1932-2017)

The Society was represented at the funeral service on 2 August at St Martin's Church, Alfreton. Ron has organised our annual joint meeting with the Alfreton Philatelic Society for several years and has been a good friend of our Society members. Rev. Julian Penfeld led the service and included a mention of Ron's many collections, together with his service in the RAF and subsequent employment as a company representative.
'Feel no guilt in laughter, He knows how much you care.' (Anon., read at the service by Chantel Allen.)

     PHOENIX COMPETITION, May 7th 2017

 Congratulations to Sandra Poole, who won the Social Philately Class with her entry, "Magasin du Nord - Denmark".  Brian Clayton, was a close runner up, with  "Antarctic Patrol Ship - HMS Endurance".

The Overall Winner of the competition was Les Pearcy with "Czechoslovakia- Provisional Postage Dues".


Club 16 Sheet Competitions: November 17th 2017

The competition evening was one of the most successful for quite a few years- we had 8 entries and several were of a very high standard. The winning entries were as follows:

Postal History: Alan Squires, 'The Early Cachets of Tristan da Cunha'
Open Class:  Sandra Poole, 'Magasin du Nord'
Traditional Stamps Dennis Boot, 'De La Rue'
Novice Cup Award: Oswaldo Ponce, (The Stamps of) Ecuador

The Egg Cup 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 egg cup 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 cup.
The competition in 2017 was held on 15th December.

Douglas Harvey won the latest competition with "Puss in Boots", showing the story illustrated with stamps from East Germany. David Shipstone was awarded the trophy in December 2016 with an amusing torn envelope. With the apology from Royal mail for damaging his Christmas Card, was a pen-cancelled stamp. A photograph of the entry is displayed in the Winter 2017 Newsletter. Bryan Button won in 2015 with Picture Post Card from somewhere in Germany to Wolverhampton in Great Britain. A photograph of the entry can be seen in the Winter 2016 Newsletter. 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 sender had bisected a 1d stamp to make the halfpenny postage, but the Post Office rejected the 'mutilated stamp' and issued a postage due of 1d. 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				Bryan 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

     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

          NOVICE						JUNIOR 

     2006 David Ball				2000, 2001 Ben Stubbings

     2008 Dennis Boot 

     2010 Douglas Harvey
     2011 Adrian Ritoridis
     2017 Oswaldo Ponce

     AWARDS 2017:

Framed certificate for the society member gaining the most votes for a presentation, 2016-7 programme:

Winner: Chris Tennant ("Revenues") (89%).
Runner up: Brian Clayton (" President's Evening: Four Collections") (87%).

 President's Cup (Service Award): Maddie Tennant.


      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 can be viewed here.

The 102nd Year Society dinner was held at The Rancliffe Arms in Bunny. It was attended by 26 members and guests. George Kirkham recited a specially composed poem:

The Rancliffe Arms
Doth have its charms
A genial host
And a resident ghost.
Did you say ghost?
Yes you heard
I'll have him by his beard
And remove his flipping head
Just a mo- he's already flaming dead
With his head tucked underneath his arm.
Thats all right then- he can do no harm.
The menu was studied for cakes and goodies
It reminded me of punters at the bookies.
We made our choice of mains and starters
(Hope you don't mean gas or waters.)
Swivel-hipped waiters balancing plates
Putting them on tables for us and our mates
Then along came pud, sweet or seconds
All good stuff that calories beckons.
After that we were full, stuffed and replete.
After a while we staggered to our feet.
Now let's all say ‘thanks to Bryan and Minou'
For a really good, smashing ‘bit of a do'
Let’s all go home, quietly, softly and full of good cheer.
All being well we will meet up next year.

(From the Spring 2016 Newsletter).




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!



I have written a Study Paper on the Trinidad Red Cross label containing 54 pages and published by British West Indies Study Circle. The book is available form David Druett, I Brewerton St., Knaresborough, HG5 8AZ, Tel. 01423 865962, email:
Priced at £12 plus postage at cost and £1 packing.
The study paper has been produced to mark the centenary of the issue in 1914 of the Trinidad Red Cross label and its one day of fame as a postage stamp on 18 September 1914. The book commences with a brief background to all of the Red Cross labels, explains how the six types of label can be identified and which labels were used as postage stamps. The book describes the attempts by Dr. Arthur Reid to have the label recognised as a postage stamp. Scott Stamp & Coin Co. of USA included the label in Scott’s Catalogue in 1915, but Stanley Gibbons were not persuaded to do so until 1974. There is an attempt, with the aid of Hugh Jefferies, catalogue editor of Stanley Gibbons, to answer the question ‘when does a label become a postage stamp?’ There is a chapter showing authorised use of the label on mail other than as a postage stamp. The study paper analyses attempts by philatelists to obtain a used Trinidad Red Cross label. All are forgeries or fake, save for these labels affixed to charity appeal envelopes posted by the Trinidad Red Cross Society on 18 September 1914. I think that you and most of the Society will find my book to be a fascinating read.


Brian and Minou Button have found an old photograph, which they thought would interest our members. It shows the late Derrick Avery, who was president of our Society in 1957/8, 1967/8, 1971/2 and 1979/80. He is seen here presenting the H J Widdowson cup to the mayor’s grand-daughter, Rita Hill (aged 10) at the Glenbrook School for Junior Girls, in Bilborough.


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 tripped of 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)

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