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Past Events 2016

November 16th 2016 Fin O’Donoghue Liechtenstein

Fin started his display with a poem about stamp collecting followed by a brief description of Liechtenstein, Among the interesting facts were that the country has kept its name since 1136, it is one of the smallest countries in the world with a population of 37,000. His display included most of the issues of the country with Covers, blocks and sheets.

For the second half Fin explained that now his collection of issues was complete he now collected philatelic souvenir items from the various exhibitions held in this tiny country including the 15 International shows. Fin ran a 10 question quiz for the evenings show with every member scoring 10 out of 10. prizes of Liechtenstein stamps were awarded to two lucky members who’s entries were selected from the pile

November 9th

Three members of our society gave displays at Bedford. Richard Page. Bird Covers. John Spencer. The Paddle steamers of the Bristol Channel, and John Hossack Sierra Leone.

17th October

Three of our members. John Spencer, Richard Page and John Hossack, visited the oxford Philatelic society.

Pictured above - John Hossack displaying his Sierra Leone

Pictured above - Richard Page showing Birds of Prey.

Richard and John recently visited our old friends and members Geoff and June. Both were well. Geoff has made a miraculous recovery from his unfortunate illness, they were both pleased to see us.

15th June 2016

Four members of the Ely society visited the club today showing varied and interesting displays including- Alan Hall, Observations of Australian Philatelic Exhibitions which started in 1905 to celebrate 50 years of the 5d diadem stamp which had been unchanged throughout its usage. Alan continued his display showing items from various exhibitions up to 1938

Next Barry Ross-Bain showed us key first time issues of Great Britain which covered unusual characteristics, and physical variations. Barry is depicted on the Smiller’s sheet issue. The only sheet to depict Barry in existence.

Last on was Val Roberts showing her display of Aboriginal people, the first inhabitants of Australia, The first Issue to depict an Aborigine was Issued in 1930, Since then most issues concentrate on Aboriginal art,

May 18th

Our Society were pleased to welcome two members of the Rushden Philatelic Society.

Bill Gibb who is president of the Mid Anglian Federation showed a comprehensive array of Turks and Caicos material and a brief history of the Islands which were not officially adopted by any country until 1766 when the Turks Islands became a British colony and issuing its own stamps in 1867.

Terry pope displayed railway Letter and parcel stamps from 1855 to 1948 which took many different forms and patterns. Covering most stations in the British Isles.

March 16th - Visit from Hitchin Philatelic Society

The March meeting saw a good turn out with over 20 members and guests coming to enjoy Bob Hills display of Aspects of south Africa. 1790 – 1961.

Bob started by showing early covers from the cape Colony, many bearing unique cancelations from villages and railway stations, The covers gave a rare insight into South Africa’s chequered history.

The second half covered Apartheid starting from 1840 with the first formal segregation of the population through to the country we know today. Bob revealed some shocking facts about well-known figures of the time.

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