OUR NEXT MEETING WILL BE HELD IN SURBITON LIBRARY, NEW HALL ON FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER. 

THE TOPIC WILL BE "OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC ISSUES"

FROM OUR PRESIDENT

"It seems a long while since we last met but we will soon be able to rectify that. I have met some of you on the small screen but this is not the same as chatting in a meeting room where reactions to items displayed can be noted and, maybe rectified. 

The programme which our Secretary has put together necessarily includes mainly members meetings without visitors yet, in anticipation of the prolonged pandemic. 

It is intended that Zoom meetings will continue but on a less regular basis. Please support the Society Meetings, The Packet and the Auctions.

Best regards

Susan Oliver

August 2021

 
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PROGRAMME

YEAR 2021 - 2022:  OUR 94th SEASON

OUR PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME 

(Subject to final agreement with the Adult Education Centre).  

Friday 17 September: "Olympic and Paralympic Issues"

Thursday 7 October: "A European Country"

Friday 15 October: "The letters "U", "V", or "W" "

Thursday 4 November: "An island country"

Friday 19 November: "A side-line collection, which grew!"

Thursday 2 December: "Christmas Social and 1 sheet competition

Friday 17 December: "GB Booklets and Minitaure Sheets". 

All meetings are planned to be in the New Hall, Surbiton Library. Starting time of 8 pm, break for tea and coffee, ending by 10 pm. 

Discussions continue with the Kingston Adult Education Centre about the availability and cost of the refurbished venue. 

We are also exploring the availability and suitability of other venues, such as in Claygate; and the possibility of offering online "zoom" meetings to supplement the face to face programme. 

We intend to decide on the final shape of our programme for this year by the end of September. 

Our 93rd (COVID -19 ) Season

During this season had to adapt to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic and the mutual responsibility for keeping each other safe.

The packets have continued to circulate (albeit with a couple of pauses during the 'lockdowns') and there has been a welcome influx of new participants.

We have experimented with a series of ten on-line 'Zoom' meetings starting in February and these have been well attended: although they are not a medium favoured by all. 

Summaries of these meetings may be found on our home page. There is a also review of our last meeting - "The President's Evening" in the September Issue of Gibbons Stamp Monthly. 

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Tuesday March 23 from 7pm (UK)

Members Presentations: “Recent Acquisitions” and “Favourite Items”

Tuesday 6 April from 2pm (UK)

“Great Britain”

Part 1: Henry Coward “The 10 Pound Stamp”

Tuesday 27 April from 7pm (UK)

“The Dominions”

Part 1: Graham Searle (Aberdeen P.S.) “Early Canadian Stamps and Postal History”

Part 2: Members’ material – from the Dominions (Australia, Canada, Irish Free State, New Zealand, South Africa)

Tuesday 11 May from 2pm (UK)

“Themes”

Part 1: Keith Johnson (Crewe P.S.) “Pacific Islands and Father Emmanuel Rougier”

Part 2: Members’ Presentations – Thematic, Themes, Postcards, and Open Class material


Tuesday 25 May from 7 pm (UK)

“International Mail”

Part 1. Michael Pitt-Payne (FRPS) “Mail between the UK and the USA during the 19th century”

Part 2. Members’ material – International and cross-border mail

Tuesday 15 June from 8 pm

“The letters U or V”

Members’ material related to either of these letters.


Tuesday 29 June from 8 pm

“The President’s Evening”

Postal history from the village of Ham. 

NEW MEMBERS

"We would welcome new Members for our society. There is no charge at the moment as Membership fees have been waived for the remainder of this season - the next season starting in September. 


Members receive our regular Newsletter; and automatic invitations to on-line meetings, may invite guests to on-line meetings, and can sign up to our circulation of Club Packets. We are also planning to make recordings of some on-line presentations available to Members. 


Our delayed AGM will be held in the March 2022 as notified to Members in our Newsletter - but we will be discussing options with Members for the further development of the Kingston and District Philatelic Society during the interim. 


If you would like to join us then please contact our Honorary Secretary, Brian Sole by e mail (brian.sole@btinternet.com) by phone (01932 220677) or by post (49, Westcar Lane, Hersham, KT12 5ER)." 

PACKETS

Please note that the circulation of packets to Members continues. 

This service continues, with members taking appropriate protective measures in terms of agreeing where and how to hand over the packets, and how these may be safely handled. 


SURREY FEDERATION

The FCPS annual competitions and Mason Cup competition had to be postponed from its planned November date. The Council has now decided to postpone all competitions until further notice. Options under discussion include judging of physical entries (without displaying them); virtual competitions; or sadly the possibility of cancellation. 

TWICKENHAM AND DISTRICT PHILATELIC SOCIETY

Our good neighbours and companion society are also offering very enjoyable Zoom club meetings at the moment. 

The next dates are:

Thursday 15 July "Back of the Book"

Thursday 19 August "Flowers"

Twickenham are a very friendly society and visitors who would like to be guests at a meeting should contact Huw Williams (huwie35@sky.com)


 
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THE STAMP MARKET AT MARIGNY

A cause for celebration!

Subject to no last minute changes in the Regulations the Parisian stamp market under the chestnut trees at Marigny took place on June 10, 12 and 13! 

The curfew was lifted until 11pm and with masks, hand washing, and social distancing the congregation of stamp collectors and philatelists took  place - as near to 'normal' as was possible!