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Calendar for the 2006-2007 Season

 

To make things clearer, we've colour coded the type of meeting:

 

[    ] Blue is for regular Members' Evenings,

[    ] Green is for Evenings where a visiting speaker will make a

       presentation, and

[    ] Red is for the AGM. Be there, or be on the Committee next year!

 

5th September 2006 Club Members will give displays on themes or subjects beginning with the letters 'H' or 'R' Will they be Holland, or Helvetia or even Haberdasher? Rhyme, Reason, or Reality? Who knows!

 

3rd October 2006  Postcard Pie - Slices of Members' favourite postcards. This is where we see the cream of our Members' collections!

 

7th November 2006 Mr M W Everiss from the Burnley and District Philatelic Society will open his files on 'The Russian Civil War 1918-1923' Dos vedanya, Tovarich! Farewell Comrade!

 

5th December 2006 Mr M Carroll from the Garstang Stamp Club will be making a presentation on 'The German Occupation of the Channel Islands.' This display will be newly returned from Preston's Twin Town, Rechlinghausen.

 

9th January 2007 Setting the scene for the New Year, Members will show material with the theme 'Red, White & Blue' with the subject matter limited only by imagination! Well worth taking part, or even just coming along to see...

 

6th February 2007 Mr Graham Booth will present his Gold Medal winning display of the stamps of the Cayman Islands

 

6th March 2007 The theme for the evening is 'Famous for Five Minutes' which could well include all those Members displaying pages from their collections!

 

3rd April 2007 Looking to plan this year's holidays? Philatelic illustrations of 'My Favourite Island' from Members' collections may well help you choose.

 

8th May 2007  This meeting is our Annual General Meeting. But it is not just the Annual General Meeting, there will also be an auction of Members' surplus stock for Club Funds.

 

5th June 2007 The Club's three trophies will be competed for once again as the main event of the last meeting of the 2006-2007 season

Archive for the 2006-2007 Season

The Calendar and Journal of our Meetings

 

Even though our previous years’ programmes are now history, it can be interesting to look back at the wide range of speakers and presentations which have both educated and entertained us.

 

Here is the Archive for 2006-2007

Journal for the 2006-2007 Season

A Narrative Account of our Season

5th September 2006

 

The theme of the first meeting of the new season was philatelic 'H' and 'R' - displays and presentations by members connected, however loosely, with those two letters of the alphabet. No fewer than eight members had retrieved items from the deepest recesses of their collections to make some fascinating displays.

 

Russia provided the source of Judy Taylor's display of paintings on stamps, a whole gallery of works on landscapes, portraits, the culture of mediaeval Russia, folk history, and much more.

Tom Latto took the High Road to New Zealand, with a look at the Health Camps and their Heroines, three ladies who played a great part in the public health programme of that country in the early years of the 20th Century. And by way of a bonus we were treated to a display of the stamps which commemorated the camps.

Les Johnson made sure nothing was lost by Registering all his items of postal history. As some of these were posted to and from Birkdale, and Southport, there was considerable local interest, especially in an item posted at the Royal Birkdale Golf Course temporary post office during the first playing there of the British Open Golf Championship.

Barry Moss described his material as 'Rubbish' an assessment which was not shared by the other members! Included were such notable 'H's as Holland and Helvetia, and such 'R's as Russia, Rumania, Road and Rail.

Chris Leather took matters literally, and presented a number of photographs to support the theory that all the check letter 'R's on the imperf Penny Reds were actually hand engraved from letter 'P's All this and not a 'Q' in sight!

Chris Barker offered us a chance to see a good range of the early definitives from Holland, also known as the Netherlands. The stamps ranged from the charming portrait issues of 1852 to the Art Deco designs of the 1930s

Brian Kipps was in motoring mode, with Racing issues featuring the Swedish GP of 1936, the Pan Am Road Race of 1948, the RAK1 Rocket car from Germany, the Roof of Africa Rally and the RAC Rally from the UK. He closed with an appropriate display of Road Safety from the United Nations.

Mike Hyde concluded the evening's presentation with a series of cultural Heritage stamps from UNESCO, featuring places of Renown throughout the world

3rd October 2006

 

The second meeting of the season featured the presentation to immediate past Secretary Les Johnson of an illustrated cover commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross. Les has an extensive collection of VC-related material, and the Club wished to offer a token of thanks for his good work over the past 49 years!

 

Postcard Pie was the theme for the Members' displays, led off with a widely travelled selection of cards shown by Graham Martin. We were treated to views of Ellis Island, the late lamented Twin Towers, various views of New York State, the Hudson Bridge, Vermont, New Hampshire and Connecticut.

Brian Kipps took pole position with a collection of motoring cards, reminding us of such famous names as Wolseley, Morris, Austin, SS, Peugeot, Citroen, and VW. The style of the 1930s was evident on advertisements for the Madrid Motor Show, a race at Rheims, and the Monaco Grand Prix.

Ralph Stuttard brought us closer to home with a tour of Southport's attractions from the early years of the twentieth century, with Pleasureland, the Water Chute, Hiram Maxim's Flying Machine, the Helter Skelter and the Marine Lake.

Barry Moss moved slightly inland, with a selection of material relating to Ormskirk, including one or two explanations as to why Ormskirk Parish Church has both a tower and a steeple - the real answer being that the church was built first with a steeple and then a tower was added later to contain the bells from Burscough Priory!

Ian Koller took us on a whirlwind tour, in colour no less, of the area between Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope. We can now recognise at sight the Lion's Head, the Devil's Peak, Table Mountain, Simonstown, Vishoek, Rondebosch, Grote Schuur, and Paarl.

Judy Taylor offered us a cultural visit to Northumberland, following a trip she made to Seahouses, with a series of cards reproducing watercolour paintings by Barry Claughton of Alnwick, Craster, Wirkworth, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh, Lindisfarne and Holy Island, and Berwick upon Tweed.

7th November 2006

 

The Club's November meeting featured our first Guest Speaker of the season. Mr M W Everiss, from the Burnley Philatelic Society, gave an excellent presentation on the subject of the Russian Civil War, between 1918 and 1923.

 

Mr Everiss gave members a history of the events leading up to the conflict, and illustrated this with a map showing the areas controlled by both the Nationalist and Regional governments. Examples of the stamps and postal history from 1918 were shown, and these included a postcard sent back to the UK by a serving member of the British Intervention Force. Later issues from 1918 onwards comprised overprints on the stamps of General Denikin's army from South Russia, material from the Northern Army, including the Armies of West Russia, and White Russia. Mr Everiss concluded his presentation by showing stamps of the Refugee issue of 1920, and overprints and surcharges up to 1923.

 

All in all, a most interesting and excellent display of material from a very difficult and confusing period. The Club's thanks were proposed by our member, Colin Bedford.

5th December 2006

 

Our second Guest Speaker of the season was Mr M Carroll, from the Garstang Stamp Club, who brought some truly amazing material to illustrate his presentation on the German Occupation of the Channel Islands. Mr Carroll opened his remarks with a question. How could a complete collection and exhibition be built around only eleven different stamps issued over a five year period? He then proceeded to show us, and we were all seriously impressed!

Starting with the build up to war and invasion, we were shown public notices dealing with the demilitarisation of the islands, the evacuation of military-aged men, and the 'correct' reception of the invaders. We were shown letters postmarked on the day of the invasion, and from a later period, when stocks of regular stamps were running low, the use of the GB bisects, with examples used on the first and last days.

The 'Arms' stamps of both Guernsey and Jersey were shown in imprint blocks and multiples. The Jersey 'views' were shown in their various printings, together with mise-en-train proofs and epreuves-de-luxe produced by the French Government Printing Works in Paris where the stamps were produced.

Ephemera of the period included civilian ID cards, permits to buy candles and use taps, and a comprehensive display of the labels from tins of food included in the Red Cross food parcels sent to the islands.

The presentation concluded with examples of Liberation covers, and a broad selection of letters and cards sent to and from members of the Liberating forces. A truly great collection.

9th January 2007

 

Our January Meeting featured displays, presentations and general entertainment from members, based on the theme of 'Red, White and Blue.'

Barry Moss opened proceedings with a selection of items including stamps sold in a cardboard packet from old cigarette machines, Readers' Digest promotional strips, window booklets, discounted Christmas stamps, and various pieces of ephemera from the Royal Mail's famous (or notorious!) Million Pound Booklet campaign.

Les Johnson followed a more strictly patriotic line, with material relating to the Royal British Legion,  Flanders Poppies, and the Paras - all red; followed by an account of the exploits of Major White VC, and a musical tribute from the US for the 'Father of the Blues.'

Brian Kipps presented a trio of Minis, red, white and blue, from the film 'The Italian Job' together with other motor related items featuring Ferraris (red, of course!) Stirling Moss, Nigel Mansell, and concluding with airmail stationery with its natty red and blue edging.

Chris Leather departed from his usual Penny Red Imperfs to offer the Penny Red stamps of the 20th Century; King Edward VII to King George VI, in their various perforation and watermark varieties.

The evening concluded with a wonderful tour d'horizon from Ralph Stutthard, wearing a remarkable Union Jack tie, and who displayed the most eclectic collection of materials seen by members in a very long time, the humorous connections of which defied this writer's best efforts to record!

The Club's appreciation was proposed by the Chairman, Mike Hyde.

6th February 2007

 

We were very privileged to welcome Graham Booth, and his Gold Medal winning collection of the Cayman Islands, to our February meeting. To set the scene for the philately, Graham gave us a verbal tour of the islands, noting that if the rise in sea levels continues at the current rate, the Cayman Islands will pass into history sometime around 2100AD, the current high point being no more than 50 feet above sea level. Returning to earlier days, when the Islands were a dependency of Jamaica, members were treated to accounts of the difficulties faced by islanders who were refused the establishment of a postal service until 1889, when Jamaican stamps were introduced. Much rare and spectacular material was shown, including postal history, from this early period which lasted until Caymanian stamps were introduced in 1901, halfpenny and penny only due to opposition from the Jamaica PO, and showing what was by then a posthumous portrait of Queen Victoria. Notwithstanding the opening of the Post Office, mail was still an unpredictable service, with all outgoing items sent to wherever the first available boat was going, for onward distribution.

Members were entertained by stories of Commissioner Hirst, the administrator of the Caymans who, on being refused permission to establish a police force, did so anyway, only to turn his policemen into auxiliary postmen when there were no constabulary duties to perform!

By the coming of commemorative stamps, sales of philatelic material reached a total of 70-80% of Government revenue due to foreign interest. The special War Stamps, issued to raise funds for the First World War, were expected to make £200, and in the event sold to the extent of £6,000.

Graham's collection includes large numbers of rare, very rare, probably unique, and certainly irreplaceable items including displays of Specimen stamps, Second World War mail, Censor marks, post war airmails, and issues of Queen Elizabeth II to the only visit made to the islands by Concorde.

The vote of thanks for a wonderful evening's philately was given by Colin Bedford.

6th March 2007

 

Fame existed before the internet, of course, and our members produced a series of short presentations on 'Famous for Five Minutes' though the meaning of five was interpreted quite widely.

Mr Parkin started us off with some fascinating items from the fringes of the Russian Empire, as it started to fall apart - stamps printed on the back of banknotes, or on German Military maps - from places such as Azerbaijan and North Ingerman Land, whose fame has spread...not very far. Mr Hyde reminded us that in the case of sportsmen and athletes fame was almost as fast moving as they themselves and Mr Koller claimed his own five minutes of fame as the only one of his family to collect stamps featuring Birds of Prey.

Miss Taylor offered us a curator's-eye view of art, featuring nationally famous painters from Rhodesia, Ulster, Cyprus, Russia and Albania, and Mr Stutthard responded with a selection of British stamps which, themselves, had become famous for errors of one sort or another. British stamps. Errors. Surely not?

Mr Latto investigated fame of a different sort, with early postal history from such little-known places as Ormiskirke, and Ormschurch. Somehow, Ormskirk will never seem the same. Mr Leather inverted the theme, with a review of the London Stock Exchange Forgeries of 1872, a case of Infamous for Five Minutes. Mr Moss treated us to some wonderful equines, and Mr Hoey rounded off the evening with a meditation on the nature of fame, featuring St Paul, Columbus, the White Rajah of Sarawak, and concluding with Chomsky the hero of linguistics, and a group of unpronounceable stars of Brazilian cinema.

3rd April 2007

 

My Favourite Island is....well, it could be almost anywhere, and for almost any reason. Our members delved deep into the archives to inform and entertain on their own favourite bits of land.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland can be described as an island or two, and Mr Hyde reviewed the stamps of the past year - and with the current emphasis on sticky labels at post offices, this was the first time many members had seen most of the stamps! Moving partway across the Irish Sea, Mr Johnson offered us the Isle of Man, its fauna and flora, as they have appeared on the definitive sets of stamps. Mr Koller called forth the sympathies of all present at the devastation visited recently on the Solomon Islands, and showed numerous philatelic examples of indigenous eagles. Mr Parkin took us round the world to the Virgin Islands, whose patron saint is St Ursula who appears on many of the early stamps. We wondered, too, at the picturesquely named Sombrero Island, and Jost Van Dyck.

Mr Marten enthralled us with stories of life in paradise, aka the Seychelles, not minding the odd coup d'etat now and again, while Mr Kipps chose the worlds largest island, Australia, not because it is is favourite, but because his favourite themes appear on its stamps! Mr Stutthard familiarised us with a Royal Peculiar. Tabloids, look no further, it was Jersey. A topographical quiz entertained us until we realised that Bergerac's car did not feature greatly. Mr Thompson would have treated us to a presentation of stamps from that well known island, the Lake District, if they had ever issued any, but instead took us to that other famous island, the Gambia. Interpretation is everything!

Miss Taylor familiarised us so well with New Zealand, that it almost seemed like Old Zealand, and the Ven. Bedford, who had intended to show us the stamps of Easter Island contented himself and us with showing the Easter Stamps of the Cook Islands instead.

A fascinating tour round the philatelic and geographical world.

8th May 2007

 

The Annual General Meeting is one of those occasions when any or all of the Club Members can say exactly what they think about the way the Club is being run, but sometimes hold back in case they are elected to do the job next year! The outgoing committee can take a degree of pleasure in that they were re-elected en bloc, so to speak. Full details of the Club's officers can be found on the Contacts and Links page.

The other main business of the Meeting was to review and approve the Club's accounts for the year, and this was done. Because of a degree of uncertainty regarding the expected level of expenses, it was agreed by a considerable majority to increase the Annual Subscription from £8 to £10. This represents a cost per meeting of £1, and it was felt that this should not be a deterrent to existing or prospective members.

The AGM over, Members went into relaxed mode while Chairman Mike Hyde performed his annual magic as Hon Auctioneer, managing to dispose of unwanted material as though trained by "Bargain Hunt." As the proceeds of the Auction form an appreciable item on the balance sheet, Chairman Mike was enthusiastically encouraged by his potential victims, sorry, customers. A good time was had by all.

5th June 2007

 

The last meeting of our 2006-7 programme was held on Tuesday 5th June, and took the form of a Competition Evening. The Club possesses three fine trophies which have been donated by various members, over the years, for different classes of philatelic merit.

The Leonard Rimmer Trophy is awarded to the winner of the Club Open Competition, entries for which may feature any philatelic subject chosen by the competitor, with the single exception of 'Thematic' displays. 9 sheets are required. This year the Trophy was won by Mr C D Leather with an exhibition of 'The Stamps of India and Great Britain, of King George V and King George VI, overprinted for use in Bahrain.'

The John Winter Thematic Trophy is awarded to the winner whose exhibit best develops a Theme, according to a logical plan, and using the information supplied by any or all types of appropriate philatelic material. 12 sheets are required. This year's winner was Mr R Stuttard, who displayed an impressive collection of postcards featuring 'Churches of Southport.'

The Norman Barlow Cup is awarded to the winner of a display of postage stamps of Great Britain, excluding the independent issues of the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, and Local issues. Either 9 or 12 sheets may be submitted. This Cup was not awarded this year.

 

Judging the entries is done on the basis of marks awarded for each of a number of individual points. For the Leonard Rimmer Trophy, Arrangement and Mounting, Condition of the Exhibit, Writing Up, and the display of Philatelic Knowledge are assessed; for the John Winter Thematic Trophy, the categories are Writing up, Development of Theme, and Condition of Stamps; and for the Norman Barlow Cup the categories judged are Arrangement and Mounting, Relative Condition of Stamps, Philatelic Knowledge, and Writing Up. Different degrees of importance are attached to each category, for each trophy.

 

The trophies are held by winning members for twelve months, and their names join the list of previous winners engraved on each trophy

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