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).
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.
It is with great sadness that we report further deaths.
Veronica Woodward (1943-2019) died sudddenly on 1st April, following a stroke.
The Phoenix Competition, May 4th 2018: Congratulations to our competitors: David Shipstone "Hamburg’s Postal Services during the French Occupation 1806-1814", awarded 82, (Silver-gilt medal), and Alan Squires "The Early Cachets of Tristan da Cunha", awarded 77, (Silver medal). Both entries were in the Postal History Class. David Shipstone's entry was one mark behind the class winner and third in the overall competition.
The Overall Winner of the competition was Gordon Hardy, "Newspaper Tax Stamps", awarded 85 (Silver-gilt medal).
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 serving of cheese sandwiches and chips. (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).
POSTAL HISTORY TRADITIONAL 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 THEMATIC HUSTON COMPETITION ENTRY (Closed in 2013) 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
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 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.
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 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 (S.G.is 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).
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
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 www.lbsg.org 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: email@example.com
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.
IN A TIME WHEN CHILDREN TOOK AN INTEREST IN STAMPS
Bryan 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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