Each year, we try to bring a varied, not to say eclectic, range of subjects to the
fore, with the aim of providing an interesting experience to all our members and
guests. Hopefully, we succeed.
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or cancel a meeting. The Meeting Status indicator will be updated to amber if the
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Please note that the May 2014 meeting would have fallen on the day following the
Early May Bank Holiday, so it has been rescheduled for the following week, 13th May
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Calendar for the 2013-2014 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
 Red is for the AGM. Be there, or be on the Committee next year!
3rd September 2013
Today is the Anniversary of the start of the Second World War, and we are delighted
that the first Guest Speaker of the year, Mr Philip Wharmby, will give us his presentation
on that greatest of wartime leaders, Winston Churchill.
1st October 2013
Our proposed speaker for this evening has had to cancel due to illness. I’m sure
that we all join in wishing him a speedy recovery.
So, instead of the projected talk this evening, we will entertain ourselves with
whatever philatelic material comes to hand. It’s funny how ad hoc evenings like this
produce something of interest!
5th November 2013
What could be more appropriate for the Fifth of November than to have an evening
of Members’ Displays celebrating Historic Buildings. Perhaps the Houses of Parliament
might form the focus of some explosive presentations!
6th December 2013
We all enjoyed our Christmas Dinner last year, so again this year we will combine
our December meeting with a satisfying collation of turkey and plum pudding, or whatever
else takes our fancy.
7th January 2014
Our third Guest Speaker of the year is Mr Eric Coulton who will transport us from
the miseries of a British Winter to the warmth of the tropics. We will hear about
the Rise and Fall of German East Africa. To keep us warm, tea will be served after
the Rise and before the Fall.
4th February 2014
The development of international postal services has been intimately associated with
the development of air transport. Tonight we will be flying high as our Members offer
displays featuring Anything Airmail
4th March 2014
Our meeting this evening is one where we test our alphabetic philatelic knowledge.
Having restarted our both-ends-to-the-middle cycle afresh last year, the letters
this year are ‘B’ and ‘Y’ Why? Well, I’m sure we’ll find out!
1st April 2014COMPETITION EVENING
This evening sees the competition for the Leonard Rimmer Trophy. Entries for this
Open competition are to be on nine sheets, and exclude material from Great Britain.
13th May 2014 THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Not just the AGM, but also the Club Auction, where the success of the sales can have
a marked effect on the subscription for the coming year! So, if you want a say in
who is on the Committee next year (or even who is not!) don’t forget to turn up!
3rd June 2014
It has become traditional in our Club that the last evening of the season should
be dedicated to postcards. This year we anticipating displays of cards in the traditional
colours of Sepia and Black & White.
Journal for the 2013-2014 Season
A Narrative Account of our Season
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3rd September 2013
To mark the anniversary of the start of the second World War, we welcomed visiting
speaker Mr Philip Wharmby to give his presentation on Sir Winston Churchill. The
collection began with the omnibus issues of 1965/1966 issued on the death of Sir
Winston, sets which Mr Wharmby had been given by his father. It was very noticeable
that many of the stamps had been issued by countries with either a very tenuous connection
or no connection at all with Sir Winston including Ajman, Bhutan and cinderella issues
Ironically, Churchill’s first appearance on any philatelic items seems to have been
on a German propaganda card of 1940 showing him in Admiral’s uniform, with a value
of ‘keine pfennig’ - no pfennigs! An unusual issue posted at Cape Canaveral in 1966
commemorated Churchill as an honorary US citize.
In addition to the philatelic material, Mr Wharmby also showed a range of material
relating to his various memorials, the Cabinet War Rooms, and the development of
1st October 2013
We noted with regret that our speaker scheduled for this evening had to cancel on
account of illness. Wishing him a speedy recovery, four members stepped into the
breach, and brought various items for display.
Miss Taylor exhibited a series of portraits of the Kings and Queens of Great Britain,
issued by Barbuda; a set issued by Bahrain commemorating the Arab Summit, and a number
of stamps issued having plastic surfaces.
Mr Kipps showed us a number of covers from a local commercial company featuring
postal service markings, including ‘stamp invalid, unable to cancel’ for a stamp
covered in sellotape, and a large group missent to some very unlikely destinations.
Mr Leather showed a mixture from his postal history pot, including a letter on monogrammed
stationery from a Royal Flying Corps pilot who reported his experiences downing the
Hun, and a second World War picture postcard sent from Switzerland to the UK - via
Mr Robinson concluded the evening with a display of postcards found more than thirty
years earlier; his ongoing plan is to collect cards from places visited.
5th November 2013
This evening’s meeting was our final meeting at the Birkdale Branch Library which
has since been closed, together with all the other Branch Libraries in Southport,
by Sefton Council. It is noticeable that other Branch Libraries, in areas of the
Borough more politically in tune with the ruling party, have remained open even though
showing very considerably lower usage.
The theme of our evening was Famous Buildings - originally suggested by the date
of the meeting being Guy Fawkes Day!
Mr Koller opened our proceedings with a generic sheet of famous buildings, while
Mr Hyde developed the theme with a look back at buildings on GB stamps since 2000,
including the re-issued Castles stamps from the 1950s and the Scottish Parliament.
From there we visited a French series which, each year, features a prominent building
in an EU capital.
Miss Taylor took us from the ancient Dilmun civilisation of Bahrain, through Churches
in Guernsey, Monasteries in Greece and Mosques in Saudi Arabia.
Mr Kipps brought us closer to home with a tour round Buckingham Palace, the House
of Commons, Iona Abbey and the Laxey Wheel before sending us off again to the US
Capitol, the Eiffel Tower and the Colosseum.
Mr Stutthard closed the evening with an amazing display of no fewer than twenty five
different cards from Valentines using a variation of the same image. Then we all
set fire to the Houses of Parliament!
A succession of unfortunate coincidences meant that we were unable to hold our Christmas
Dinner as originally planned on 6th December, or on an alternative date either. The
Turkey was used for sandwiches and the Christmas Pud was fed on cognac and put back
in the cool dry cupboard till next year.
7th January 2014
Our Guest Speaker Mr Eric Coulton gave us an excellent presentation on ‘The Rise
and Fall of German East Africa’ relieving the winter gloom with the bright African
sun. After early Portuguese influence, the first German interest in the area appeared
in 1884, with the first stamps - overprints on homeland types - appearing in 1893.
Dedicated stamps arrived in 1896. Mr Coulton added to his display with a wide range
of covers, postcards and postal stationery. Items carried on the early railways and
shipping lines were well represented. We were shown rare items from the period of
the first World War, when few or no stamps were available. The Allied move into East
Africa was represented by material from the Indian Expeditionary Force, Field Post
Offices, and hospital ships. The presentation concluded with examples of incoming
and outgoing mail from internees, and items opened under the Martial Law administration.
4th February 2014
The theme of the evening’s Members’ Displays was concentrated on the development
and use of Air Mail. No fewer than ten members had brought material to exhibit which
in total covered almost every aspect of aerial post. Our evening started with a display
of illustrated air letter forms from the South Pacific - a form of stationery seldom
seen these days. We examined pictures and material relating to the van used by the
GB GPO during the 1930s to promote the use of air mail, at the time when special
collecting boxes painted blue appeared in a number of towns and cities. The PO van
itself continued until 1938 but was featured on a stamp from New Zealand. We were
treated to an early series of airmail stamps from Greece in a pastel palette with
hints of Art Deco, followed by a letter from a Royal Flying Corps pilot, on RFC monogrammed
stationery, describing his recent attempts to down the Huns!