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Past Events 2009

November 20th

Two members of the Northampton Philatelic society showed local postal history of Northampton, Neville Watterson (A well known philatelist of this area) showed material from 1644 to include Bishop marks, Local posts penny posts and many pre-stamp items,
Derek Smeathers showed an amazing insight into the works of Stacey Wise, a Northamptonshire gentleman who set up a business producing paper supplies for stamp production. at Rush Mills in Northampton. A detailed and extensive display included Watermarked papers Letters to Perkins Bacon from Mr Wise, and included all periods of which the two world wars were of major interest.

October 16th

Keith Downing made a return visit to Leighton Buzzard this time to display Railways, He started with the story of Casey Jones the Western railroad hero who maned the old Iron Horse in the days when rail fatalities were a regular occurrence, this was an introduction to wreck mail, His display also included Air Mail carried by rail at when flights were canceled or delayed, World War one rail mail and the South African War train, of course many trains had Post Offices on board which produced what collectors call T,P,Os
After the break Keith concentrated on the Underground Railways starting in London 1863. The first of which were pulled by steam locomotives. It became electrified in 1890 and many more countries throughout the world followed London's example, The robot Post Office train no longer runs underground.
Keith s material included the Channel tunnel era with special cancellations Miniature sheets and stamps from across the world.

May 7th

Members were treated to a trip around the British isles courtesy of our invited speaker David Wilson., Each Island with a post office was illustrated on a cine screen via a computer and included a stamped self addressed envelope with the local cancelation,

Davids trip around Britain included many photographs and was complimented with a tale or two from some of the more interesting Islands.

Secretary John Spencer presents a certificate of appreciation to David.

The 2009 East Midland and East Anglian Federation of Philatelic Societies Convention Hosted jointly by Milton Keynes and Leighton Buzzard on April 25th

The Mayor of Milton Keynes is introduced to Derek Sinfield (on the left) and Richard Page, Chairmen of each Society

The President of the Federation, Brian Allcock shares a lighthearted moment with the Mayor

The Mayor showed a great interest in the Competition entries

The Dealers Hall

Collectors keen to add to their collections

A Junior Member is awarded a prize for her winning competition entry

April 2nd

Our invited speaker for April was unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances fortunately Keith Downing a collector of Railways and Trams agreed to help us out with a most enjoyable evening of Trams with related Philatelic material. The display started with the first trams which were used to convey coal from the mines, followed by the first trams of the United states of America which were horse drawn, The first trams of Great Britain were employed in Birkenhead and Paris introduced trams to the rest of Europe. where they are still used today as a convenient and efficient solution to the mass movement of people.Today the Isle of man still use Horse drawn trams mainly for its tourist trade.

March 5th

Three members from North Herts traveled to Leighton Buzzard and gave displays including France from 1900 to 1950 with a great many varieties of the 1941 Petain Issue, Micke's display included Forgeries, Covers and a good deal of unique material.

Reg Hansell showed his Czechoslovakia, with material covering all of our nine boards, and included associated material from Hungary and Austria with Prisoner of war mail Sensors and Scout stamps

February 18th

John Spencer, Richard Page and new member Malcolm Jones traveled to Harpenden and gave a full evening of displays with Birds of Prey, Falkland Islands and North Atlantic Flight Mails, This is the first recorded visit to Harpenden by our Society and we were made most welcome.

February 12th

On a cold and snowy evening only 7 members braved the arctic conditions to partake in the Competition and Bourse, Entries were received from absent members and the meeting was caried out as normal, Winers of each individual section were-

Postal History - Alan Crozier - German Postal Rates
One Country - Rory Morrissey - Thailand Postal Rates & Mistakes
Thematic - Richard Page - The British Osprey
My Six Best Sheets - Margeret Harris - Hong Kong
Best In Show - Richard Page - The British Osprey

Winners will be forwarded to the East Midland Regional Competition

February 5th

Postponed due to a heavy snowfall and Rescheduled for

January 9th

Our Secretary John Spencer and Chairman Richard Page visited the Luton Philatelic Society for their Inter-Society exchange visit, Their displays included -Unsolicited Mail, Falkland Islands and Birds of Prey.

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