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Zoom. Tuesday 13th of February - "The Katanga Crisis: 1960 - 1963": presentation by Gerald Marriner. 7:30 pm

Friday 16th February   -        Members’ Meeting at Claygate: 8 pm “Commemorative issues any country”.

The A.G.M. will take place at Claygate Day Centre on 7th March. 8 pm

Tues.   12th March        (Zoom)  7.30 – 8.30pm.   Malcolm Coe      - "Suakin Sudan – the early postal history"

Claygate. On 15th March we are hosting a joint Auction with Twickenham P.S. and Epsom P.S.

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2023 - 2024 SEASON



We are a "Philatelic Society" or "Stamp Club" for collectors of postage stamps, postal history, thematic philately, aerophilately, postcards and ephemera: in Kingston-upon-Thames, Claygate, East & West Molesey, Esher, Ham, Hersham, Surbiton, and Thames Ditton. 

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WE are now back to our  traditional schedule of two meetings a month in the New Hall at Surbiton Library: on the first Thursday and the third Friday of each month commencing at 8 pm. 

Supplemented with regular on-line meetings utilizing "Zoom" to permit us to invite guest speakers who might otherwise find travel to Claygate a problem. 


From the top Menu

* This page: an outline of the Society and what we offer Members, Guests and Visitors

* Our future programme (currently under review)

Useful links

* Annual Competition

* Stamp Collecting (a miscellany)

* Events (that may be of interest)

* Philately (articles and snippets from the 1880's and  up to the present )

* Details on membership of our society

From the button at the right of the menu ("MORE"):

* A brief history of our Society

* Extracts from Fiction which features stamp collectors, and stamp collecting.

* Some historical tit-bits about stamps from around the world

Philatelic Journals

* Notes on our meetings in the 2018/19 Season

Some famous people who collect (or collected) stamps. 

* Kid's Stuff; for the smaller and bigger kids who collect stamps


Exploration, Research, Discussion, Enjoyment, Companionship.

"I conceive of a stamp being a fragment of history, a word in the annals of human experience, a picture of an ideal fresh from the human heart. The design impressed upon it signifies what the nation may be at the moment."

(Harold LeClair Ickes; United States Secretary of the Interior, 1937-1946)

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Guest Speakers

Members Evenings

Annual Competition

A regular journal



From 8 pm until 10 pm on the first Thursday and the third Friday of each month. 



Our next auction will be held on 19 January. 



The Kingston-upon-Thames library research staff staff under Lily Stevens are currently working on a "Postal Service History" guide for the library's American History series.

In undertaking this, Kelly, a member of the research team found a very useful site that can be reached through the following link.

This link provides an excellent overview of the history behind the US Postal System, covering the Fairbanks Tavern (the 1st post office), the Hutchinson Affair, and how the evolution of technology led to the modern postal system in use today.

We are grateful to Kingston Library for sharing this research with us. 


Full notes of the meetings may be found in the quarterly Newsletters, circulated free to Members..

Thursday 4 January 2024

Material presented by Members on the theme of Royalty

Brian Sole presented recent GB material including special cancellations marking the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and the new King Charles stamps. Roger Niven presented a pot-pourri of postcards from Bulgaria and France, and Chris Oliver presented material from South Africa focusing on the George V and George VI issues. 

Following these Simon Taylor presented a series of fabulous USA covers with rates and cancellations that pre-dated the membership of the UPU and meticulously written up by the previous owner Malcolm Montgomery: a real treat. 

Thursday 2 November: Members' Meeting: "Sideline Collections which have grown"

The meeting started with a tribute to Alan Tyler who sadly passed away in October. A former President of the Society he presented many collections over the years, including from Scandinavia, Straits Settlements and Israel/Palestine. 

Brain Sole then presented a display about British Exhibitions, as celebrated by stamps, labels, and special cards.

Paul Lang explained that he had a small collection of the British part of the New Hebrides Codominion which is now part of Vanuatu and he displayed some colourful stamps from these islands. 

Chris Oliver concluded the displays by recounting how he branched out from collecting South Africa into the USA: starting with a large box bought in a local club auction. From there has collection has grown with stamps reflecting the History of the USA, and its natural history, architecture and sports 

"Postcards": 20 October 2023

Friday 20 October:
A Member's Meeting with guests

A fascinating evening with Brian leading off with varieties of postcards - all featuring bicycles both ancient and modern.

Following this Ian brought some wonderful cards (from his father's collection) all connected to greetings (New Year, Birthdays, Easter, Maytime and Christmas) many very elaborate. 

Paul then displayed postcards of Surrey, with Edwardian cards showing such sites as the Coronation Stone in Kingston.
Susan showed us more of her Faroese postcards depicting the way of life in  these remote islands.

Finally Chris showed some recent acquisitions of Purbeck postcards. 
A highly entertaining evening that was enjoyed by all. 


ZOOM Meeting: Tuesday 10 October: 
Jim Wigmore "Cyprus Airmails and "Aophrodite's Island"

The airmail displayed included pre-1932 covers, including a cover flown by Imperial Airways from London to Marseille and then onto Famagusta by ship. Another cover dated 1929 came from Stockholm via Malmo to Croydon, then by Imperial Airways to Cairo, and then by sea to Cyprus. 

Specially marked test letters used by Imperial Airways to test the effectiveness of the flying boat routes were another highlight.

In the next display Jim explained the Greek legend about the birth og the goddess Aphrodite in Cyprus and then went on to display how she has regularly appeared on the stamps of Cyprus, both in the now Turkish and Greek Cypriot territories. 

The presence of the Knights of St. John provided another rich slice of history; as did an explanation of the significance of the Orthodox Church. 

Jim Brown: The Channel Islands under Occupation - 5 October

September 7th: "Recent Acquisitions" 

Brain Sole displayed some British items which he has yet to incorporate into his collections.

Susan Oliver displayed some recently written up Faeroe Islands covers togather with some newer items she had found.

Chris Oliver had recently purchased every printing of the South African flower booklets from 2001 onwards; and he displayed two of these.  He also showed an interesting cover from Prince Albert's Guard, dated 19 December 1940. The guard was originally founded as the Port Elizabeth Volunteer Rifle Corps. 

ZOOM Meeting 12 September
"A Philatelic Ramble Around Purbeck"

Chris displayed a wealth of material from his collection about the Isle of Purbeck. This included early letters form several of the villages and towns in this part of Dorset: local postmarks from long gone post offices and a variety of interesting postcards showing the scenery and history of the area. A fascinating display. 

September 5 2023: The first meeting of our