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The Southport Stamp & Postcard Club

Calendar for the 2007-2008 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.


4th September 2007  Club Members will give displays on the themes of 'I' and 'Q' Hopefully these will turn out to have been an intelligent choice!


2nd October 2007  How much about our past do we know? Mr Arthur Roberts will present his fascinating display of Southport Postal History.


6th November 2007  The theme for the evening is 'Entertainment' which could well include those members displaying pages from their collections.


4th December 2007  This evening we welcome our colleagues from the Preston Philatelic Society, whom we shall then attempt to beat at a Stamp Quiz. May the best team win!


8th January 2008  A suitable post-New-Year miscellany of Members' displays, on the themes of 'Wine, Women, or Song.'


5th February 2008  Mr Peter Rooke will follow in the footsteps of the Vikings, with a presentation on the Stamps and Postal History of Denmark.


4th March 2008  Mr Alan Rigby will be giving us a full-steam-ahead presentation about 'Preserving the Legend: Flying Scotsman.'


1st April 2008  The Club's three trophies will be competed for once again. Great Britain, Thematic, and Open categories are available.


6th May 2008  This meeting is our Annual General Meeting. But it is not just the AGM. There will also be an auction of members' surplus stock for Club Funds.


3rd June 2008  What better way to close the Season than with a helping of Postcard Pie? A little bit of this and that, with a cartophilatelic theme. Members' displays of postcardiana!

Archive for the 2007-2008 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 2007-2008

Journal for the 2007-2008 Season

A Narrative Account of our Season

4th September 2007


The first meeting of the new season got off to an excellent start with a good attendance, which enabled the Treasurer to thank everyone for paying their subscriptions on time!

A favourite theme for members' evenings comprises presentations based on one or two letters of the alphabet, which advance up and down the alphabet each year. This year, no fewer than nine members gave us presentations on the themes of "I" and "Q".

We were treated to some war-time correspondence from India, written by Mr Johnson's late father-in-law followed by a tour around Ireland and Italy. Mr Latto, Mr Kipps, Mr Patterson, Mr Parkin, Mr Hyde, Miss Taylor, Mr Moss and Mr Stuttard took us collectively to Queensland (and Tasmania!) Israel, Iraq (surely the ultimate in I and Q!) Iceland and Inverted Overprints, with, to add icing to our cake, a review of the Queen's Head, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria, Qatar, the Q'aiti State in Hadramaut, and especially for Scrabble players, Quatford Church.

Oh, yes, and to finish off with, we were treated to a display of an invisible postcard, the first we had never seen, of a creature which, we were reliably informed, masquerades as a Quagga.

The vote of thanks was proposed by our President, who had arrived from the other side of the world only an hour or so before the start of the meeting. Truly, stamp collecting is global!

2nd October 2007


The guest speaker for this month's meeting was given a special welcome by President and Members, as he had been firstly Secretary, then Treasurer, of the Club between 1957 and 1962. Mr Arthur Roberts gave his most excellent presentation on the Postal History of Southport, commencing with the establishment of a foot post from Ormskirk, to connect with the Liverpool to Preston mail coach. Much of the surviving postal history from the early period comes from the correspondences of the Hesketh family, and Mr Roberts displayed a range of this material. By the 1880s, the post office had moved from what is now the Scarisbrick Hotel, to the Cambridge Hall - a Victorian wall mail box, still in use, being evidence of this and the 40 or so other wall and pillar boxes which were installed around the town by this period. Being a seaside resort, Southport featured greatly in the picture postcard boom of the late Victorian and Edwardian periods, but cards were still used for communication. A fascinating item from the time of Edward VII was written from Birkdale to Churchtown - postage 1/2d - by a lady who would have liked to visit her friend but could not afford the 2d return tram fare 'this week or next week, but possibly the week after.' Mr Roberts concluded by recounting the projected Blackpool to Southport aerial post, planned by Mr Graham White in 1910, and which would have been the UK's first air mail if the flight had not been called off due to bad weather.

The vote of thanks was proposed by the President and roundly echoed by all present.

6th November 2007


Members were looking to entertain themselves with the theme for this meeting: Entertainment. The evening was opened by the Secretary, who had nothing to display but the first instalment of the Club History which has now been put up on the Club Website. As you are currently reading the Club Website, you only need to click HERE to see what was said!

Moving on to real philately, no fewer than nine members of the Club displayed items from their collections. We were treated to exhibitions of King Tut, the film Jungle Book, Miss World, folk art, Disney (of course!) and Snowy, the savage hound who accompanied Tintin on his detectorial quests. We learned about Mr Reginald Patterson, who managed to steal around 13,000 books from Hove library before being caught - did no one notice?

Our final treat was an exhibition of contracts between Columbia Pictures and George Formby for a range of films including South American George and Bell Bottom George - the philatelic connection, apart from it all being entertaining, was the 6d stamps used as receipts for the duty paid.

4th December 2007


This evening our members welcomed a delegation from Preston Phil. No, not an orchestra, but Preston Philatelic Society, who were visiting Southport to partake in an inter-club Quiz. Our member Mr Ralph Stuttard, safely ensconced behind his Chinese Walls, had prepared a very challenging series of questions, in no fewer than twelve rounds, to tax the brains of the two three-man teams. The visitors were represented by Messrs Dyer, Gatewood and Thompson, while the Southport team comprised Messrs Patterson, Moss and Thompson. The non-playing members of both Clubs were assured that the two Messrs Thompson were, in fact, separate and unrelated competitors!

There was something of the atmosphere of 'A Question of Sport' as teams battled with 'home' or 'away' questions, 'What happened next?' and 'Who am I describing?' but a profound knowledge of history - the postal variety - and geography - the postal variety - was essential for success. And in the end it was Our Team which emerged with the honours, though the final score of 49-40 concealed the fact that Their Team was in the lead for the first eight rounds! Anyhow, well done to both.

8th January 2008


As befitted the first meeting after New Year, the theme for members' displays this evening was 'Wine, Women or Song.' Notice the 'OR!'

The first presentation, from Mr Marten, had generously replaced the OR with AND, and we had a group of Austrian ladies, followed by some South African Wine, and the stirring choruses of the Twelve Days of Christmas from Great Britain. Mr Hyde introduced us to British Composers, the Canadian national anthem, recording artistes from the Isle of Man, cabaret chanteuses from La Belle France, and the odd Mozart opera. Mr Moss offered us a fashion show of Spanish ladies, and Mr Stuttard introduced a group of Spanish Dancers. Unfortunately the flamenco was confined to postcards only! The perils of drinking and driving were highlighted by Mr Kipps, and the evening's displays were rounded off in Olympian style by Mr Hoey's look at Greek goddesses, before transporting us to the Brazils for Carnival in Rio.

After which there wasn't much left to do but brew the tea.

5th February 2008


Our meeting this evening was one of those where we welcome a visiting Speaker. Mr Peter Rouke took us on a tour of Denmark - the main peninsula and some of the more than 400 off-islands - an area not as well known as, perhaps, it deserves.

Danish postal history started with the Thurn und Taxis postal service, which provided much of the letter carrying throughout the north of Europe for many generations. The earliest piece on display was a royal letter, referring to military movements, and dating from the 1750s. The Napoleonic period, and the period of French hegemony, saw many changes in Danish society, not least the displacement of beer-drinking by wine-drinking, and the increase of correspondence between Denmark and, surprise surprise, the Bordeaux region of France! Specifically Danish postal services started after the Congress of Vienna had redrawn many of Europe's boundaries, but the use of stamps started somewhat later, in 1851. These early, classic, stamps are a specialist's delight, with a plethora of paper, ink, watermark and perforation varieties. Royal portraits did not begin until 1904, and the 'wavy line' design began the following year. Still in issue, it is one of the world's longest lived designs. The German occupation during World War II saw meetings of Philatelic Societies used as covers (!) for clandestine activity. The exhibition of a genuine Danish mailbag, and a lady postman's uniform jacket rounded off the evening.

4th March 2008


"It was the second-best thing I've ever done!" Mr Alan Rigby, our guest Speaker for the evening started his presentation with a tease. Our members were a little relieved to find out that Alan's achievement consisted of having driven the Flying Scotsman; engine 4472, which currently holds a number of records for steam locomotives, including that for the longest non-stop journey - across several hundred miles of Australia.

Strictly speaking, it was the train itself, not the engine, which formed the Flying Scotsman, but everyone now thinks only of the engine. Built originally by Sir Nigel Gresley for the North British Railway, it was taken over by the LNER at the railway grouping in 1922. 4472 entered private ownership in 1963, since when it has bankrupted at least two of its owners, before ending up safely in the Railway Museum at York.

Members were treated to an extensive deisplay of covers and related philatelic material, including autographs of all the private owners, with the exception of Pete Waterman, who is famous for not autographing anything! Mr Rigby then produced a fascinating array of photos, para-philatelica and mementos from the occasion when his prizewinning collection of St Kitts & Nevis stamps and postal history was awarded a Large Vermeil Medal at the international Philatex Exhibition in Washington.

1st April 2008


The April Meeting saw the competition for the Club's three trophies; the Leonard Rimmer Trophy is awarded to the best display of stamps or philatelic material in an Open category. The sole exclusion is that entries must not form a Thematic collection. This year, the Trophy was won by Mr Stuttard with an exhibition of Postcards.

The John Winter Trophy is awarded to the best display of stamps or philatelic material forming a Thematic collection. This year, the Trophy was won by the Ven. C Bedford, with a display of the ornithological paintings and drawings of North American birds, by Audubon.

The third trophy is the Norman Barlow Cup, awarded for the best display of postage stamps from Great Britain, and was won this year by Mr Leather with an exhibition of twopence blue imperf line engraved stamps.

6th May 2008


The AGM is the manifestation of democracy at work. Those poor, unrecognised, unpaid, chaps who have laboured long into the dark nights to keep the Club on an even keel, can be thrown on the scrapheap by the whim of members who only turn up once a year. Fortunately, it was all a bad dream: none of this has happened!The existing committee members were all happy to be re-elected, and no-one else felt strongly that we shouldn't be, so it is possibly a case that the more things don't change, the more different they become.

One thing which has remained the same is the subscription, which stays at £10 for the year, a very modest £1 per meeting. The AGM approved the accounts for the last year.

The Members decided that to compete for the Clubs three trophies each year was an album too far, and so we will now compete for one trophy at a time, with next year's competition being for the John Winter Thematic Trophy.

The AGM over, Mr Hyde showed once again what Christies and Sotheby's have been missing. The success of the Club Auction will keep the Treasurer happy for a while!

3rd June 2008


The schedule for the month described the evening as a slice of Postcard Pie, with displays of members’ favourite cards, and there certainly were treats in store. We started with a railway tour of Ireland, conducted by Mr Moss through the medium of Raphael Tuck’s ‘Oilette’ cards, and taking in such memorable places as McGillicuddy Reeks and Hog’s Glen. More prosaic, but no less interesting, was a series of cards featuring trams, starting in Dublin and ending up in London Square, Southport. I don’t remember there was ever a direct service, though…

Mr Patterson adopted French accent to show a range of cards in 24 carat gold featuring various aspects of what has become the EU, including an iconic one of General de Gaulle, he who said ‘Non.’

Mr Hyde’s display featured a range of colour cards of the Isle of Man, issued at the British Empire Exhibition of 1924, and a further set issued in 1938 for the Empire Tourism Exhibition. A series of views of Glasgow, in sepia, followed by what can only be described as minor works of art by the artist A R Quinton. The evening closed with a comprehensive tour of Sark and Guernsey conducted by Mr Stuttard.


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