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Past Events 2012

December 19th 40th Anniversary Celebrations

Members and guests from Milton Keynes, Aylesbury and Luton share the
Anniversary celebrations with the Leighton Buzzard Society

Honorary member Pam Palmer cuts the cake

November 21st. Switzerland: Richard Akers

Richard showed us Swiss Issues starting from the very first definitive’s of the sitting Helvetia and running through to modern day, The second part of Richards display focused on the Swiss Army Issues, A fascinating subject with a large number of colourful stamps and material from the various divisions of the Swiss Army.

Richard shows his Army Issues.

October 17th Visit from Watford Philatelic Society

Three members of the Watford society made the journey to visit us on a grey autumn evening to show a variety of subjects including Wayne Cox The other side of stamps, Wayne showed how some countries needed to take drastic steps during times of war or economic turmoil and resorted to printing stamps on paper intended for bank notes or with maps printed on one side in fact any spare paper that was available to them in large quantities. Countries included Latvia, Nicaragua Mexico, Spain, Ukraine, Communist China and Russia.

Brian Thurlow displayed his collection of Spain which he had built up from a small gift of stamps acquired some years ago.

Brian Coates. Concluded with a varied display of some unusual philatelic items which included- Detailed post card size pictures from China made with cut up postage stamps. f Postcards of the N.W.railway, Victorian Bantam ˝ds, Cyprus over/prints and various Perfins.

June 20th 2012 A.visit from High Wycombe

Five members of the High Wycombe society came to give four displays which consisted of a display by Ken Richardson of Irish covers featuring the Chinese new year,Greece, Austria, and one GB overprint which was a British A4 envelope covered in decimal commemoratives each one individually signed by the post sorter as a cancellation
John Ketley showed us Rocket mail with the title of - Toys for boys - as most were on covers which had been sent up in rockets for the amusement of their inventors.
Stuart Catchpole showed British Commonwealth which focused on the period of the 1930s
Alan Druce was the last on with his splendid display of Great Britain. which started in 1663 and followed through with items such as Die proofs and artwork from the 1840s including many 1d Black and 2d blue variants,
They were accompanied by their Chairperson Joy Hearn and together provided us with a memorable evenings entertainment.

January 18th Hong Kong and Great Britain

Margaret Harris and Richard Page gave displays as John Spencer who was due to show "Bristol Channel". had other commitments,
Margaret showed Hong Kong and China with some interesting postal history items of China and included stamps from Hong Kong some with overprints. Postmarks were of great interest as China is now much sought after by the Chinese themselves.
After the Break Richard showed a potted history of British Philately from George lll to Elizabeth ll.

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