Affiliated to the
Association of British Philatelic Societies
Hampshire Philatelic Federation

Programme 2020-2021

"Sadly, all Meetings in the 2020-2021 Programme are postponed until further notice due to Covid-19 related concenns. Every effort is being made by Committee Members to devise and provide a level of philatelic support for members.

Please refer to this website for on-going details"

    Paul Barry Chairman/Publicity Officer  17/9/20





(All Postponed)

Tuesday 8th September
Member's Displays, Maximum 30 sheets (NOTE: No Bring and Buy)

Tuesday 13th October
Paul Leonard FRPSL - "Exploring Forgeries in your Collection" (Members are invited to bring along items for study)

Tuesday 10th November
Mike Smith FRPSL with "Orange Free State Postal Stationery"

Tuesday 8th December
Christmas Meeting plus Entertainment


(all postponed)

(All Postponed)
Tuesday 12th January
Members' Displays; Plus a look at Competitions

Tuesday 9th February
Annual Competition Night - Traditional, Thematic, Postal History, Open Philately and First Timers;
Plus Bring & Buy

Tuesday 9th March
Simon Richards with "Dominica"

Saturday 10th April
Ferndown & West Moors Stamp & Postcard Fair, including the Inter-Society Competition
(at the Hamworthy Club, Magna Road, BH21 3AP 10am to 4pm)

Tuesday 13th April
Members One Page competition and Bring & Buy

Tuesday 11th May
Peter Pugh with "Not another Bloody Railway"

Saturday 5th June
"RINGPEX 2021"
  Our own Stamp & Postcard Fair
at Greyfriars Community Centre - open 10am to 4pm

Tuesday 8th June
Gavin Fryer RDP, FRPSL - "The Western Desert Campaign, 1940 to 1943"

Tuesday 13th July
53rd Annual General Meeting followed by
"The President Entertains"


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 either 2:00pm or at 7.30pm




Meeting Reports

To see reports and pictures of meetings from 2012 to 2019, please click here


Tuesday 11th February 2020
Bob Small - "Britain at War" and "The History of the Royal Air Force"


This well researched and eloquent presentation revealed the speaker’s passion for subject combined with a wealth of associated material, all of considerable interest to both war historians
and philatelists alike. Speaker Bob Small set out a broad sweeping tapestry of British political and military activity, from 1066 through to an insightful history of the RAF. This was a superb write-up
making excellent use of charts, maps, documents, letters and photos together with early postal items, eventually leading into modern postal administration and linked stamp issues.
  A particular emphasis was placed on Napoleonic history and the display contained numerous items of correspondence, including an original letter relating to ‘The Glorious 1st June’. Much consideration was given to this period and the material shown formed but a part of a highly researched and collected resource. Other studies followed with topics which included the Boer War,
WWI and WW2 and the Korean War. Prisoner of War correspondence formed a further major interest. This address to Ringwood Philatelic Society Members was another memorable moment in a
rich programme, covering dramatic moments in the country’s history with fascinating, rare and unique material.  President Colin Mount in thanking the Speaker, stated the Society’s
huge appreciation of an ‘amazing collection of material and great insight into this
slice of British history’.

Two of the Four stamp Guernsey 1987 set "Battle of Hastings - William the Conqueror" 1589 invoice for supplies "Rebuilding the British Navy afte the Spanish Armada Bob Small with part of his display

(paul barry)


Tuesday 14th January 2020
Members' Displays; Plus Bring and Buy

An increasing number of clubs and societies, philatelic among them, are turning to day-time meetings. No doubt Anno Domini plays a part in this decision to change! Adverse wintry night driving
conditions too? This departure proved worthwhile both in attendance and in interest. No less than 7 RPS Members stepped forward with an interesting assortment of topics. The following indicates the
areas presented:

  • ‘A Miscellany of Loosely Philatelic’ ...Gordon Masson - An assortment of philatelically inclined items were presented, followed by:
    ‘Keep Taking the Tablets’...a delightful consideration of the introduction of 1800s ‘tablet design’. Ceylon was the first and these bi-colour stamps certainly would have been promotional
    for both printer and Postal Authority/Empire. A well written-up presentation.
    ‘Medical Postmarks’ and ‘Red Cross-New Acquisitions’...Clarewyn Smit. Mainly on cover, these displays featured various agencies dealing with medical issues, including heart research and
    blood donating. Swiss stamps promoting disablement issues and the promotion of nursing as a career via a 1948 cover were interesting.
    David Etchells’ displays focussed very much on his current interests. A study of a cover addressed to Prof. Wheatcroft (Physics 1802-75) with a Beckington postmark was much considered by
    David, who was researching into this. ‘Treaty Ports of China’ and the 1917 overprinted stamps of Hong Kong (1917-1930) were also studied, with an emphasis on hand-stamps of which some are
    seen to be exceptionally rare. Finally, David’s ‘Burley Collection’ completed his worthy presentation. Here was an in-depth study via correspondence, covers, stamps and postmarks, involving,
    among others, such 19th century families as that of Dent (banking) and Lawrence Hill (Scottish lawyer). Various sites for the Burley Post Office were examined.
  • John Stephens’ The Halfpenny’ provided further interest. Here the emphasis was on GB stamp issues, where halfpennies were involved, eg.  the Victorian Jubilee 4½d.     (An unusual subject)
  • The Third Reich’ was Keith Clements’ specialist area. Mainly used stamps, and displayed on album pages, Keith brought his subject alive via detailed sheets covering 1934 onwards. The 1938 Olympics featured and of equal interest was an input on German horse racing up to even 1944.
  • ‘Boats’ was a well chosen theme presented by Burt Burton. This was an historical study dealing with submarines, which was underpinned by stamps, covers, prints, newspaper cuttings and
    historical documents. The main focus was on submarine design and function.
  • The concluding presentation by President Colin Mount was ‘Ringwood Post’. Here were described the early postal routes. Early pre-stamp letters from 1830’s were displayed, including
    information on an Isle of Wight ferry service started in 1420 no less! Colin’s long time association with Ringwood had spawned a huge personal interest and considerable philatelic development.
    Taking centre stage within this display was surely a cover postmarked ‘Ringwood’ which enjoyed the presence of a fine penny black!!   Find another similar!!...they are around...just!!
    Thus concluded another highly enjoyable meeting of the RPS.
Penny Black - Ringwood Post "1861 Pioneer" submarine from miniature sheet
New Zealand Air Mail censored cover 1917 Hong Kong overprint on postcard
Red Cross, Tours, France, December 1960 Selection of Hong Kong Handstamps

(Paul Barry)


To see reports and pictures of meetings from 2012 to 2019, please click here


Visitors and new members most welcome.

When they resume, meetings will start at 2:00pm or 7:30pm (see programme) at the Greyfriars Centre, Ringwood (Room to be advised)




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