The Nottinghamshire Philatelic Society

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President: Bill Whitaker.
Vice President: Brian Clayton.
Deputy Vice President: Richard Capon
Honorary Life President and Life Member: Allen Wood FRPSL.
Honorary Secretary and Life Member: Sandra Poole.
Honorary Treasurer: David Shipstone.
Publicity officer and Web Site Manager: Douglas Harvey.
Circulation Packet Manager: Chris Murphy.
Committee: the above and elected Committee Members: 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 2019. Writing in the Spring 2014 Newsletter, Tony revealed a little of his experience of working in the Merchant Navy:

These two stamps hold a special interest for me, as they depict ships of the company that I sailed with in the late 50s to the mid 60s.

I worked in the galley of six Portline (part of Cunard) ships and two of them are shown on stamps. The NZ one commemorating the export of lamb has the Port Auckland on- no, I didn’t ship out on the one with the full rigging; she was a refrigerated cargo carrier. Outward bound, we carried general cargo of anything from cornflakes to cars and on return to the UK, it was frozen lamb carcasses, apples, butter, cheese and wool from New Zealand.

The other stamp shows the Port Chalmers as she was during World War 2 entering Valletta Harbour, thus relieving Malta of its starvation status. The Chalmers was built in 1935 so was very old when I joined her in 1963, but the Auckland, launched in 1950, was by ship standards a very modern one.

Now Portline is no more- swept away by container carriers, though two of the company are still plying the oceans, as they were converted from cargo ships to small cruise liners in the early 70s. They were the Port Sydney and Melbourne, now the Greek owned Danae and Daphne, but after 58 years, who knows how long they have left.

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.


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.



Daily Express,
Fleet Street London
4th March 1935

Dear Sir,
Thank you for your letter of the 25th ultimo.
The letters which are found in the lower corners of your stamps were inserted as a means of outwitting the forger. Every stamp on each sheet was lettered differently, the top row starting with A-A, and continuing A-B, A-C, etc., until A-I ended the row. The second row started B-A, B-B, B-C, etc.,
This method continued throughout the sheet, and I hope this will help you to understand the reason for each of your nine stamps being lettered in a different way.
The value of such specimens varies, the perforation watermark, and Die all having a bearing. For instance, a mint (perfect, unused) copy of the penny value with the small crown watermark, perforated 16, from Die 1 is catalogued at £1. A similar from Die II with the large crown watermark is priced at £12. Others are very cheap, especially if they have been used.
Yours faithfully
Stanley Marshall
(Uncle Bill)
(Communicated by Val Bird via D.H.)


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)



The following helpful advice was produced for competitors submitting to the Phoenix Trophy Competition. The points have been set out to act only as a guide - they do not constitute hard and fast rules and do not necessarily comply with regulations for specific competitions.

A thematic entry should tell a story. About 25% of the marks are allocated to treatment and originality and another 30% for 'development' so these aspects should be taken very seriously indeed. Judges will look for an introduction, the main story itself, and a suitable conclusion. Covers and cancellations may be included if considered to be appropriate to the subject, bearing in mind that judges like to see meter-marks, slogans and similar items other than stamps. Non-philatelic items should be kept to a minimum. Blocks should be avoided unless really significant. Only genuine stamps should be included in a thematic entry.

Postal history is essentially 'Routes and Rates' or 'Postmark & Cancellation' studies. Such an entry will be predominantly covers, although pieces or single stamps will be accepted if the postmark is rare. Remove dealers pencil prices. For the purposes of this competition, Aerophilatelic entries will be entered as Postal History. Such entries are based on the study of material prepared for and conveyed by airmail and may contain relevant documents, photographs, maps, leaflets and the like.

An entry in Stamps (Traditional class) may comprise Locals, Revenues or Cinderellas. Most judges frown upon mint and used on the same sheet. Sets should certainly be either mint or used but not mixed. Large sets should run on to a second sheet rather than overcrowding the one. Covers may be used if deemed to be essential to the exhibit but should be kept to a minimum number. An exhibit of mint postal stationery would qualify for this class.

SOCIAL PHILATELY ('see also separate sheet' [not available])
Social Philately relies on non-philatelic material (ephemera) and to this end, virtually anything is permitted. However, for practical reasons, space and security, the Phoenix Trophy competition must restrict the use of such material to items that can be mounted on a standard album page. This can include maps, photographs, prints, postcards, cigarette cards, newspapers, documents, tickets, programmes, textiles (lace or braids etc), leaflets, and so on.Non-philatelic material may be included but should not comprise more than 50% of the exhibit and should be directly linked to a postal system. Non-philatelic material not linked to a postal system may be included but should not be more than 10% of the exhibit.


1) Mint and used items on the same page should be avoided.
2) Black mounts can enhance the appearance of a display but should be trimmed as close as possible. They have gradually become more and more acceptable although some judges still don't like them.
3) Care should be taken to ensure stamps or covers are held securely and are mounted 'square'. Mounts hinged on one side only tend not to hold stamps as securely as double hinged mounts.
4) Catalogue numbers are no more than a reference for a commercial price list and should not be quoted.
5) Expert certificates may be referred to for rare items which would otherwise be considered forged. Such certificates should be fixed to the back of the sheet.
6) Forged items should always be accompanied by their genuine counterpart.
7) Sheets should look 'balanced' both individually and as a complete entry. Too few or too many items on one sheet can cost marks.
8) Very few judges are biased one way or another by hand-written/ type-written/ computer assisted write-ups although they will insist the entry is legible. Lettering should be clear, a reasonable size and in a suitably contrasting colour.
9) Sheets should be written up in the vertical format wherever possible and be protected by transparent pockets. If A3 sheets are used they must be in the horizontal format and will count as two sheets.
10) Part of the first sheet should have a brief introduction stating the scope of the entry (see rule 16). A copy of this part only may be required beforehand by the judges - in such an event, it should be submitted with your application form.


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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