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Hampshire Philatelic Federation

Programme 2018-2019

Saturday 8th September
Poole & Bournemouth Club Fair - Upton Community Centre, Poole

Tuesday 11th September
Bob Neville from Headley in Surrey with "HMS Hood" and "Gibraltar Used Abroad"

Saturday  29th Septemberr
"HAMPEX" - Wickham Community Centre Nr Fareham

Tuesday 9th October
Waterlooville & District Philatelic Society visit to entertain us

Tuesday 13th November
Guest Speaker - David Muscott from Lyme Regis with "English Provincila Banknotes"

Tuesday 11th December
Christmas Meeting with Tony Flux from the National Trust with "Sir James Thornhill, a famous Weymouth son".

Tuesday 8th January
Dealer Evening - Paula nd Philip Cant from Basingstoke will bring along their stock

Tuesday 12th February

Guest Speaker John Moody from Romsey with "The Weimar Republic 1919 to 1932"

Tuesday 12th March
Annual Competition Night - Traditional, Thematic, Postal History, Open Philately and First Timers,
plus up to 15 sheets using the letters G,H and I

Tuesday 9th April
Guest Speaker - Colin Mount FRPSL with "A Pig in the Post"

Easter Saturday 20th April
Ferndown & West Moors Stamp & Postcard Fair, including the Inter-Society Competition

Tuesday 14th May
Members One Page competition and Bring & Buy

Saturday 1st June
"RINGPEX 2019"
  Our own Stamp & Postcard Fair
at Greyfriars Community Centre - open 10am to 4pm

Tuesday 11th June

Guest Speaker - Jean Alexander FRPSL with "SupermarketPhilately"

Tuesday 9th July
52nd Annual General Meeting followed by
"President's Guest Speaker - David Speer from Honiton in Devon with a selection from Australia


For further information contact either Colin Mount on 01425 474310 or cv.mount@googlemail.com
or Gordon D Masson (Secretary) on 01425 470710

on the second Tuesday of each month (except August)
at the
Greyfriars Community Centre
Christchurch Road
Starting at 7.30pm




Meeting Reports

Tuesday 11th September
Bob Neville from Headley in Surrey with "HMS Hood" and "Gibraltar Used Abroad"

(Report and Images to follow)


Tuesday 10th July
51st Annual General Meeting followed by
"President's Guest Entertains"

Following the well attended AGM with award presentations, the Membership were greatly entertained by the President’s Guest Speaker, Michael Elliott, Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society London.  His subject ‘Aspects of Finnish Philately’ provided a superb display of this little known collecting area, depicting stamps, postcards, covers and postmarks, further enhanced by write-up and exposition. Michael had inherited a lovely collection, which had provided the inspiration for further development. Emphasis was on the 1940s with ‘the Winter War’, the ‘Continuation War’ and ‘Women at War’. This miserable slice of European history saw Finns fighting alongside German military against common enemy Russia. His knowledge was advanced by a most recent meeting with a local 93 year old lady who had nursed Finnish troops.  The display contained a recently acquired postcard selection.  Members were privileged to have access to this unique and scarce philatelic material, strongly emphasised by the vote of thanks.

The President giving his Address David Etchells receiving his two certificates from President, Colin Mount
Map showing the 33 stations 1997 miniature sheet showing the early trains Cancelled TPO stamp as used from Helsinki to St Petersburg from1862 to 1918

Estonia Vounteer Army Censored cover to Finland with Deutche Feldpost mark

Estonian Volunteer Navy cover from Finland to Pernaud with blue cross showing insufficient postage paid Women Soldiers singing in an Open Air Service, 1941

Paul Barry


Tuesday 12th June
Guest Speaker - Paul Latham-Warde from Salisbury
with "And I still don't know what to collect"

No one felt sorry for Paul not knowing what to collect because by the end of the evening he had displayed some twenty different topics, some interconnected, giving a bird's eye view across the world of philatelic collecting.

Starting with a letter from Mary Murray to the Inspector of the Poor in Scotland complaining that she was not receiving enough support, Paul gave an illustrated and detailed insight into the Poor System which existed up to its replacement with the Poor Laws of 1834, which were harsh and draconian, designed to deter dependency on handouts. The Andover Workhouse Riots were covered and then the introduction of State Pensions in 1907, Health Stamps in 1911, Unemployment Stamps in 1920, all leading up to the National Insurance Contribution system in 1948. All this social history was illustrated by correspondence, covers, and seals of the time. This led into the topic of cinderellas, which Paul illustrated with part of his collection of the first 60 years of Christmas cinderellas issued by Boys Town, Nebrasca. He then showed his 9 sheet thematic slogan competition entry on the promotion of the British Telephone in the 1930s, closing the first half with another 9 sheet Open Class competition "Protest" covering a wide range of Protest movements, explaining for example the Suffragettes had chosen their colours of Green, White and Violet to represent Give Women Votes. A nice example of one of their seals was displayed.

Paul opened the second half with examples from the Irish Hospital Sweepstakes, whose lotteries were linked to horse racing raising millions of pounds from across the Atlantic for the smaller hospitals of the day. Money and tickets were sent through the post, but aliases and agents had to be used to avoid the ban on movement of these items from foreign sources. This led to two frames on postal fraud, fraudsters and a wide range of fraudulent practices, as well as fraud prevention measures - a whole subject in itself.

Moving on he displayed his collection of high value Castles, which though plentiful and cheap as stamps are not so when used on certificates, telegrams, inter-bank high value parcels, examples of which were illustrated. Then came a display of stamps and covers featuring barbed wire, patented in USA in 1874, of which there are currently 384 varieties. Next was concentration on a specific stamp, in this case the 5c Canadian Jubilee issue of 1897, displayed in a multitude of forms; then the first 25 years of rotary winged flying machines; colourful telegrams including the rare first use of the Valentine design; the British designer Andrew Restall; the 100th anniversary of the RAF and RAF censored mail, and finally a damaged letter from Calcutta with its ambulance envelope.

There was something and more for everyone and inspiration to find a topic and develop it - what an evening!!!

Essays for 1911 Unemployment Revenues Christmas Cinderellas from Boys Town Votes For Women Logo
High Value Parcel label Barbed Wire Miniature Sheet Plate block of 4 x 5 cents
The first ever Valentine Telegram Ambulance cover for the Damaged Letter The rescued letter from the Comet crash


(chris wheeler)


Tuesday 8th May:- One Page Competition Evening

Congratulations were given to David Etchells for his winning entry "Earth Impact Events" with 24 points. Chris Wheeler was second with 22 points for his "Gerald Scarfe and his Stamps", with John in third place with 14 points for his entry "Straits Settlements Local Overprints".

The five entries in the 2018 Competition

Tuesday 10th April - "The Story of Bulawayo”

Here Members were treated to a rich study in social philately. This two-part presentation was highly informative, detailed both in terms of considerable historical/geographic scope and rich philatelic content. John Berridge, in tracing the region’s early days before Europeans, then various pioneers and the life and times of Cecil Rhodes (1853-1902), provided a fascinating backdrop. He produced a map of c. 1780 revealing the then virtually unknown South African region. A major focus looked at the arrival of Dr Moffatt (1795-83) who was the first missionary. His daughter married David Livingstone. 1859 saw Moffat’s missionary station become the basis for the foundation of Bulawayo.  A Royal Charter of 1889 gave the British SA Company rights to administer and develop. Ox wagons, stage coaches and eventually the railway all played significant roles and were colourfully depicted in the philatelic items displayed. The development of telegraphic services was a major contributor, reaching Bulawayo in 1894, with a link to Cape-Town and Cairo. These aspects were well featured and the display benefitted from a section on aviation and its impact. An interesting further section covered postal services during WWII. Here covers were included, Censored mail being one aspect. The use of microfilm being sent (Airgraph) in 1944 and covers flown by SA Airways also featured. The speaker’s second-half presentation considered ‘Early Bulawayo Date Stamps and Cancellers’, the Matebele Rebellion, the Boer War and Mafeking Relief’. Maps, railway time-tables and telegraph stamps were also considered. A fascinating section looked at ‘Postal Stationery’, followed by postcards depicting the early development of the city. Other presented areas featured farming and mining, tourism, KGV stamp issue, ‘UDI Surcharged Mail’ and concluded with ‘Post Independence Bulawayo’.
Chairman Paul Barry voiced the appreciation of the Membership for ‘a most fascinating and enjoyable philatelic presentation.’

Cecil Rhodes Travelling The First Train Arrives, 1897 1931 Air Mail to Bulawayo
Botswana Miniature sheet, showing the railway route from Mafeking to Bulaway, 530 miles Air Mail Postcard from Johannesburg Rule Book of the Royal Philatelic Society, founded in 1910
Underpaid cover to Bulawayo, 1962 Last Day of Rhodesia, cover, 1979 John, receiving his certificate from Chairman, Paul Barry

(paul barry)


Tuesday 13th March 2017
Annual Members Competition Evening

The Competition evening was a marked success, this year's entries being larger in number and as the judge, Colion Mount, is quoted as commending the entries, indeed finding that the number displaying and the quality had been the very best for many a long year. He mentioned in particular that displays were ..."well set up, not all entries made use of 'references', nice to see quality of paper...(cream in most cases). Up to 50% of non-philatelic allowed in 'open class'. Everyone had a plan!!"

Below are the results for 2018
'A Short History of Printed Book Production' Wendy Buckle 89
'The U-boat War in the North Atlantic  1939-1943' Burt Burton 78
'The Bear Genus'   Chris Wheeler 74
Postal History    
'Naval Censor Mail to and from Gibraltar 1939-1943' Burt Burton 79
'Venice -  A voyage through the Grand Canal and into St Mark's Basin'   John Davis 84
'The Artists of Cheyne Walk' Chris Wheeler 74
First Timers -Novice    
'The Development of Postal Services for the Visually Disabled' David Etchells 74

Wendy Buckle was awarded the Thematic Trophy, and represents the Society in this Class at the Interclub Competition at Ferndown on 14 April; Burt Burton was awarded the Postal History Plate; John Davis was awarded the Open Class Cup and represents the Society in this Class at the Interclub Competition at Ferndown on 14 April; David Etchells was awarded 'The Elsie Martin Cup'

The four winners


Monday 5th March 2018
Hampshire Philatelic Federation Workshop
"How to Tell a Story"

On Monday 5 March, at the Greyfriars Community Centre in Ringwood two well known and experienced International Judges, Dr Patrick Reid FRPSL and Christine Earle FRPSL led an exceptional full day workshop with the objective of explaining the most important aspects of improving a display or competitive exhibit.  Among the attendees were experienced judges and club members, all of whom benefitted enormously from the expert guidance given by the two speakers.
The workshop was organised by Colin Mount on behalf of the Hampshire Philatelic Federation, Under the direction of Julian Jones it concentrated on the Thematic, Open, Postal History and Traditional classes, with the afternoon spent critiquing in great detail the title pages brought along by the attendees.
Using power point the first vital message was to consider one’s Philatelic Material, Philatelic Knowledge and combining the treatment of these two.  The exhibit must be relevant, accurate, easy to read, and concise.  What is shown must match the plan.  One must use one’s knowledge to fill any gaps, stating where necessary that a particular item is not available, or the differences between items that look alike.
Everything must be relevant and treated in a logical, well explained sequence.  Every entry must “tell a story”, having a start, middle and succinct end.  Because competition entries vary in length, match the scope to the number of pages.  The three key elements that the speakers constantly emphasised were “Tell a Story”, “Constrain the Title” and “Comply with the Rules of the Class”. This was demonstrated very well in the analyses of the attendees' first page submissions, where many times the title was either too broad, or the content did not reflect the title and plan. A beneficial motto to close on was "Do not forget, personal study and research will distinguish you from the crowd"
Julian Jones thanked the speakers, and in turn was thanked by the attendees.  An really excellent and productive day!

The three basic elements Obvious presentation tips Various thematic components
Christine showing one way of laying out a one frame exhibit Attendees examining each other's title pages, and receiving expert suggestions for improvement

(chris wheeler)


Tuesday 13th February
Albert Jackson with "Poland during WWII"

Following a hugely appreciated presentation of this magnificent display last year in another Dorset society, Members at Ringwood knew they would enjoy a superb evening by local philatelist, Albert Jackson.  This was memorable on a number of counts –the haunting history of one of Europe’s darkest episodes, the quality, volume and sheer scarcity of material, the meticulous write-up and eloquence of exposition.  Albert ably described in chronological progression, the main components of this study, historical, geographic, racial, political and pictorial, not to mention the most detailed commentary on Polish/German postal services, stamps issued, cancellations, taxed overprints, official stationery, covers, correspondence and postcards and of course censorship and censor marks.
          Given the pre-war enmity of Nazi Germany towards the Polish nation and her territory, it was clear that the war would have its origins in that sphere. The build-up of invasion forces, the speed of the campaign, the destruction of vast areas and major loss of life were aspects clearly depicted. Of particular note were fine coloured postcards having such captions as ‘The Great March into Poland’, ‘On the Road to Victory’, ‘Heinkel He 111 Warplanes over Warsaw’ and ‘Workers’ Regiment defending Warsaw’. Forced labour, re-settlement programmes and internment camps added to the mix. Yet out of this carnage and unspeakable misery a range of postal services emerged - German, Polish and Jewish, rising phoenix-like from the ashes.  Albert’s fabulous material on display gave a brilliant insight into this historical period, but perhaps the absolute gems in the display were three hugely rare postcards from Russian camps associated with the Katyn massacre. These were among the very few items posted out before the inmates were executed and the camps closed down. However the account of Poland in wartime was not limited here to the early occupation, for after the interval which provided members with opportunities for close scrutiny of displayed material, there was a fascinating consideration of the turning tide. Russia’s eventual massive and sustained assault on Hitler’s Eastern front had huge implications on Poland and her marshalled Polish military forces. Albert provided very considerable insights also into the Polish worldwide diaspora and resettlement programmes.  
Member Wendy Buckle was called upon to give the vote of thanks. On behalf of the Society, she paid very high tribute to the many exquisite aspects of the display. It was indeed a great privilege to have been able to include this presentation in the programme.  Thank you also to President Colin Mount for securing this top philatelic gem.

The disputed Polish territory from WWI Postcard from the Eger Camp in Hungary Letter to the Eger Camp in Hungary Red Cross vignettes issued by France for Polish refugees
Cover to London from Switzerland internee camp with vignettes and stamps The "First London Issue" of Polish stamps The "First London Issue" stamps on cover An example of Intermediary Mail
The Fuhrer's resettlement Programme Card Mix of German and Polish stamps on cover, with calculation error Freepost Military Mail, used by a Postal Worker Confiscated Mail, as contents were partly written in Yiddish
Soviet card at the Katyn Massacre Returned to London cover sent to a civilian refugee in Iran USSR Polish Peoples' Army postcard, 1943 Wendy Buckle awarding the certificate to Albert Jackson

(paul barry)


Tuesday 9th January 2018
Members Evening with Mini Displays

The Society’s new year got off to a pleasing start with excellent attendance and a wide subject range within displays. One of the most popular topics of conversation in any club/society is that of ‘new acquisitions’, and this was the Chairman’s chosen area. Taking advantage of Christmas ‘generosity’ and new year dealer bargain listings, Paul Barry was able to share interesting GB Victorian parcel post labels and a scarce registered 1890 cover to Reval (Tallinn), Imperial Russia. French tourist board publicity postcards were also well received, having superb colour and design, being provided by philatelic webmaster Chris Wheeler.  An unusual subject was under focus, being correspondence emanating from “The Thunderstorm Census Organisation”. The displayed covers had been randomly discovered by member David Etchells, who skilfully had pieced together the story of 1920s scientist Morris Bower’s returned storm watchers’ advice cards. Paul Dumsday continued his interest in Pacific island covers, one a fascinating multi-franked Mauritius first day cover, while Gordon Masson followed up with an in-depth study of early Australian States’ issues and designs. John Stephens shared album pages containing interesting Asian philatelic material, informed by lengthy work and leisure experience, particularly in Hong Kong and China. A wide range of topics with wide appeal!   

Jubilee stamps on Parcel Post label from Horsham 5d Jubilee stamp on Registered letter to Russia from Liverpool Part of the set of eight Hong Kong stamps overprinted CHINA for use in the Treaty Ports
Philatelic FDC from Mauritius 1901 letter with New South Wales stamps 1901 letter with Queensland stamps
Morris Bower and wife with their weather station 1927 Storm Return Card 1945 Storm Return Card

(paul barry)


Tuesday 12th December, 2017
Philip Cant from Basingstoke with "Titanic Revisited"

Ringwood PS enjoyed a really worthwhile 2017 programme, culminating with the Christmas Meeting, where speaker Philip Cant presented ‘Titanic Revisited’, having previously shared his iconic ‘…from Cradle to Grave’. Forming the riveting display (no pun intended!) were stamps, postal items, postcards, photos, press reports, and references to Cunard documents and other research findings. Philip traced the inception, building, Board of Trade involvement, staff recruitment, provisioning, passenger and cargo lists and departure for New York. Also covered were aspects of the voyage, two ice warnings, collision, reference to Marconi and the miracle ship ‘Carpathia’, partial rescue and the role of the American press. A particular emphasis was placed on ‘the Enquiry’, subsequent vital maritime law changes, and recent deep water wreck site exploration. Artifacts are expensive, but Philip did have ownership of a rare, limited edition Cunard Steiff black bear…the evening’s highlight!  Members and guests further celebrated the festive season with sumptuous refreshments. Here was another notable event in the busy Society’s programme.

The Sief Titanic Bear Southampton Boarding Card Fare Ticket from Queenstown, Ireland
The Liner under Construction Postcard showing the Launch Miniature sheet showing the scene just before impact
The submersible "Jason" Telegram to the "Carpathia" Jo Knot's Christmas Cake in the Raffle

(paul barry)


Friday 24th November
50th Anniversary Dinner at Greyfriars

Members and Special Guests recently celebrated Ringwood Philatelic Society’s 50th Anniversary. Quite an achievement, especially when one considers that meetings have been held continuously at Greyfriars over that entire period!  Of equal surprise - that two of the original founder members were present – Gillian Habbin and Rowan Brockhurst. A number of members had previously been involved in organisational tasks behind the scenes. Gillian had created lovely floral table displays, a most colourful statement on arrival, with Jo Knott’s magnificent celebratory cake having further visual impact. In the running order, Rowan provided the initial speech in his capacity of Immediate Past President, speaking warmly of the Society’s early days and provided the Loyal Toast. Colin Mount, current President and long-time Programme Secretary then spoke enthusiastically of the Society’s development and introduced his daughter Jo-Anne who outlined her appeal in support of the chosen myeloma charity - Amyloidosis Awareness UK. The final and main address was made by Hugh Jefferies, who with a lengthy and celebrated career with Stanley Gibbons was much appreciated as the key speaker on the subject of ‘This Wonderful Hobby of Ours’.  

                                                                            Holding proceedings in place was Chairman Paul Barry who later concluded this ‘most memorable evening’ and thanked everyone for their participation, including invited guests and especially the Greyfriars’ Special Events Team for a ‘top class anniversary dinner’.
‘Here’s to the next 50 Years!!’   

Members and Guests Assembling The Anniversary Cake
Gift Aid Letterbox Chairman, Paul Barry Opening the Ceremony
Rowan Brockhurst Reminiscing Colin Mount, President, with his Speech Hugh Jefferies giving his Speech


Tuesday 14th November
Guest Speaker - Colin Mount FRPSL with "Why Write up your Collection"

Members were entertained on this occasion by their President Colin Mount FRPSL who being extremely well placed to share specialist knowledge on the subject of collection write-up, provided an insightful presentation to a fascinated audience. ‘Displaying our own stamps should be for our own pleasure –yet there is a need to share,’ Colin claimed.Within a few moments it became obvious that this topic was complex and far ranging, with numerous aspects. A successful write-up could only be achieved by skilful manipulation of numerous variables, and the following input reflected many points of consideration. The starting point was clearly that of devising a workable plan. Crucial issues were the need to know what the resulting display was attempting to achieve…’where you are going with it’, followed closely by the importance of a quality first page and vitally, having ‘a beginning, a middle and an end’.  Essentially it should reveal a story, a philatelic journey. Essential elements included….

  • The worth of investing in one or two specialist stamps.  Rarity/quality to be considered, but cheap material can provide a good story
  •  Specialist catalogue reference…varieties, printings, etc
  • The size of the chosen topic…will it fit, say 12 sheets?
  • Choosing an appropriate sheet colour (cream was favoured)
  • Keep a balance between material and information
  • Use a stockbook as a holding bay, while building up material
  • Use perfect stamps and good postmarks
  • Indicate scarcity (not rarity), eg ‘1 of 5 known’
  • The do’s and don’t’s of mounting stamps and related material

            Colin then spent considerable time expanding on the skills/considerations associated with preparing a competition entry. Whilst the afore mentioned pointers were crucial, here the material/display must ‘talk to the judge’.  Additionally…

  • Consider font size (most choose 12) and not ‘fancy’
  • Keep in mind the scoring requirements…keep to laid down laws’

    A particular focus was placed on the subject of ‘Thematic Display’.  Colin emphasised the importance of having ‘a real interest’ in the chosen theme. It was vital to ensure the topic provided enough philatelic material. The title should not be too far ranging, it should be in full agreement with the plan, having good balance and development being logical and in correct order. In a thematic entry, specialised information is not to be included, but rather ‘tell the story, not the detail’.’ It is important to incorporate clever use of masking larger items, by cutting a viewing panel or blanking square, to reveal just the stamp. The use of stamp blocks, mini-sheets and FDC’s should be most sparingly applied. There is the essential ingredient of demonstrating that the entry reveals philatelic knowledge and that personal research has been employed.
 Throughout the presentation, Colin dealt with questions and most helpful discourses were held on key points of shared interest. The report here gives but just a mere flavour of what is a most detailed and precise subject.

Members responded enthusiastically to Member Chris Wheeler’s fulsome appreciation of Colin’s presentation. The evening was yet another example of how privileged the Society is in having top quality speakers in its midst. ‘Writing-up is truly worthwhile’, Colin stated and continued ‘keep at it…never give up!!’

Colin Mount receiving his Certificate of Appreciation from Poole & Bournemouth Club Chairman, Chris Wheeler Chris Wheeler receiving his Competition Certificate from Ringwood Society Chairman, Paul Barry Paul Dumbsday receiving his Competition Trophy from Paul Barry, Ringwood Society Chairman

(paul barry)


To see reports and pictures of meetings from the 2012-2017 years, please click here

    The next event will be held on

Tuesday 9th October
Waterlooville & District Philatelic Society visit to entertain us

Visitors and new members most welcome.

Meetings start at 7:30 at the Greyfriars Centre




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