RINGWOOD PHILATELIC SOCIETY
Affiliated to the
Association of British Philatelic Societies
Hampshire Philatelic Federation

 

Reports from previous Meetings


 

Ringpex 2012

Another interesting philatelic event in the Society's calendar was the stamp and postcard fair – ‘Ringpex' held at Greyfriars Community Centre, held earlier in June. This was popular both with dealers and with a good number of collectors looking for bargains or that ‘elusive' stamp, cover or postcard. The fair was complete with superb coffee and bacon rolls all day, and a raffle, with top prize being a superb ‘Penny Black' kindly donated by local specialist dealer Peter Mollet.

View from "Ringpex" Stamp and Postcard Fair, June 2012

 

Hampex 2012 - 20th October, Wickham, Hants

Hampex the Hampshire Philatelic Federation Convention was once again held at Wickham Community Centre, Wickham Nr. Fareham and was again a resounding success despite the fact that display frames could not be delivered until the morning of the Convention, a band of loyal supporters worked hard and had the competition entries ready for the general public to view shortly after 11.00am. But the dealers got underway at 10.00am and soon the main hall was buzzing with collectors looking for that special elusive item, and from talking with the dealers during the afternoon it was soon obvious that they were having a very good day.

Also starting at 10.00am was "Junior Hampex" and it was a great delight to see close to thirty youngsters getting very much involved with the hobby.  Children attended from schools as far away as Bognor through to Southampton and each
child was invited to submit an entry in a two sheet or four sheets competition.  Each child received a certificate for their entry and the following were judged the winners:-  The joint winners of the four page competition were Trinity Hayward (Wild Animals), Hollie Davidson (Birds) and Emily Murray (Cats).  The joint winners in the two sheet competition were Sarah Sherwood (Canada), Edward Cohman (Olympics) and Harvey Lewis (Locomotives).

Following a number of activities which included using stamps and recognising stamps of the world, the youngsters were treated to lunch which  was kindly sponsored by Portsmouth & District P.S.  The prize giving  then followed with Terry Lay from Emsworth (Special Needs) School presenting the prizes many of which had been donated by various societies and dealers, and in addition to the many prizes every child left clutching a "Goody Bag" with items most generously donated by Stanley Gibbons.


The senior competition was very competitive and was judged by four eminent and well respected judges, Chris Harman RDP,FRPSL, Christine Earle FRPSL, Patrick Reid FRPSL and David Stotter FRPSL, and following
judging, Chairman of the Judges Chris Harman commented "As usual the standard of the exhibits is very high and the judges congratulate the organisers and exhibitors for giving them such a challenging and interesting range of topics".

The winner of the Jan Kaluski Cup for the best overal entry went to F. Horsted from Waterlooville with an excellent presentation of the "Travelling Post Offices of Tanganyika" , this entry was also awarded the Postal History Salver. Other winners were
The Hiscock Thematic Trophy to J. Heyward from Camberley (The Sidecar)
The Pressland Aerophilatelic Salver to E. Harris from Camberley (Colombia- SCATDA 1929 Issue)
The Hampshire Sixteen Cup F.Horsted from Waterlooville (Post Offices of German East Africa)
The Open Philately Award J. Leathes from Petersfield (The Atlantic U Boat Bases 1940-44).


The Inter-society competition for The Howard White Trophy was won by Southampton with the best individual in the Howard White going to J. Dorrington (Southampton Inland Mail).  There was something for everyone and it is pleasing that Hampex continues to attract a very large range of collectors of all ages and it was also most pleasing to see a great number of friendships being rekindled.  Congratulations are in order for the Hampshire Federation Council, they did a great job.


Fred Horsted from Waterlooville (left) receiving his awards from
Hampshire Federation President Brian Marshall FRPSL
(Photograph courtesy of Tom Fowler, Federation Bulletin Editor)

 

       

Tuesday 11th December 2012
      
Christmas starts here yet again with the
Rev.Stuart Timbrell with a humorous look at  some
“Clerical Errors”

Ringwood Philatelic Society members and guests greatly enjoyed their December meeting, being a Xmas special with guest speaker Rev Stuart Timbrell bringing much humour with his presentation – “Clerical Errors”. He spoke out frankly on current Church matters and humorously provided a rare insight into the clerical world. Having a ‘real world' background (engineering in Barrow) and being a strong advocate of justice and fair play, plus a wicked sense of humour, it would seem that the Church had not fully grasped what his contribution to mission would be!

Stuart then outlined his initial training, part of which was spent with lively medical students, followed by his induction into clerical matters as a somewhat ‘green' young curate in a northern town. He quickly realised that as the ‘new boy' he would be engaged in countless jobs his vicar did not wish to do! After an early skirmish with the bishop no less, concerning the incorrect holding of the crosier (indicating that the bishop was dead!), whereby he disgraced himself – Stuart was moved to working with younger folk. “What do I do with all these kids?" Much wringing of hands later, Stuart decided to introduce his ferret (in bag) to his audience. Escaping and scattering children, the ferret settled on biting the teacher's hand and had to be prised off! His vicar announced that he was “a complete buffoon” (not helped by Stuart's habit of grinning at the wrong moments!) Now under greater pressure to provide appropriate instruction to his flock, he delivered a mini sermon in which balloons featured to illustrate eternal truths – one filled with helium was impressive – but did not compare with the water filled one which crashed from the high pulpit, splattering and scattering the faithful!

On the subject of funerals, our engaging speaker was told – “You will only be remembered for your mistakes.” “Do not get names or funerals mixed up” (He was involved in 14 funerals in one week!). The crematorium manager was equally intimidating
“There's two switches, one fer lights, tuther fer coffin – don't mix em up!"

Home visits featured strongly: here we have a picture of lace curtains, tin baths on hooks by back doors, knocks not being answered and old ladies with dirty cups and mislaid false teeth…..anyone for tea?!! We could go on and on…….clearly our clerical guest had made his humorous and spiritual mark on many lives.

In concluding, Stuart presented the Society with a philatelic gift – a superb Stanley Gibbons catalogue of 1899 – quite a gem – which it was agreed would be placed in the Royal Philatelic Society's London Library.

Rev.Stuart Timbrell

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2013

Meeting Report - Tuesday 8th January

Members Evening with Mini Displays

The January meeting of the Ringwood Philatelic Society saw a lively evening -a mix of mini stamp displays, philatelic quiz and ‘bring and buy'. The written up display topics were most varied. Rare postal material on the subject of 'Internal Airways of Australia' was presented by specialist Alan Whittaker. His key interest was the pioneer pilot Charles Kingsford Smith who on 19th March 1931 flew the first Melbourne to Sydney route, prior to achieving numerous aviation ‘firsts'. Two scarce first flight covers (stamped envelopes) were displayed, together with an album page clip with 3 stamps, and importantly - Smith's signature. Alan explained the difficulty experienced in locating such philatelic gems assisted by his use of the internet and site auctions.

Member Gordon Masson continued his particular interest with ‘Holiday Snaps -A Postal Portrait of Two Canadian Holidays' which covered his 2005 visit -Calgary, Banff, Jasper and Vancouver and that of 2008 -Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa, Toronto and Niagara. His presentation featured appropriate stamps, covers, postcards, maps and photos. A particular emphasis was Olympic sites and historical locations.

Wendy Buckle focussed on Latvian commemorative stamps issued 1918-1939 and this proved both interesting and attractive. Here, of special note was the variety of papers used -due to wartime shortages.

A highly specialised contribution was provided by Chairman Colin Mount with his rare printer's plate proofs of the Australian George V one penny stamp.

The amazing and humorous study of the variety of worldwide postal delivery methods was John Davis' latest occupation –a study in early stages (delivery on ice skates, stilts, arrow post, balloon and rocket mail, etc!!).

Before a challenging philatelic quiz rounded off the evening, Chris Wheeler outlined the highly skilled work of artist, designer and author David Gentleman. His GB stamp designs have spanned nearly four decades, most notable being those of Shakespeare, Churchill and Concorde commemorations. Chris' full and colourful display was a credit to this most notable of British philatelic designers.

Chris Wheeler with his display of GB and Nauru stamps, designed by David Gentleman

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Meeting Report - Tuesday 12th February

Visiting Speaker - Bob Small from Colehill with
“Napoleonic Prisoner of War Mail” and
“Nelson on Stamps”

The February meeting of the Ringwood Philatelic Society was very well attended. Chairman Colin Mount welcomed local specialist philatelist Bob Small, who in covering the period 1792-1816, superbly described his subject ‘Napoleonic Prisoner of War Mail'. He provided a large exhibit of original letters, prisoner lists, a promissory note, pictures of prison ships and buildings (‘block houses'), PoW clothing with ‘T.O.'- (Transport Office embellishments), various games- dominoes and dice and model ships(scrimshaw). The Admiralty took responsibility for all Napoleonic prisoners (200,000 at peak) and placed them according to rank, in either hulks (Medway, Portsmouth and Plymouth harbours), stone built prisons- largely in southern England, or for the officers- a parole system. Repatriation was explained, this clearly benefitting mainly the officer class. Highlights of the display were prisoner letters which gave a particular insight into their lives, as did pictures of paintings by a Captain Durrant, a Dartmoor guard.

Bob Small's second exhibit was entitled ‘Nelson on Stamps' which skilfully traced Nelson's life- marriage and mistress, through to his various and rapid promotions (10th in seniority at age 29!), ship commands, naval plans and battle engagements, personal injuries, final minutes, funeral and celebratory status. Many items supported the presentation- maps and original Times Newspaper articles, details of ships lost/captured, fleet casualties and prisoner numbers on both sides. Numerous countries printed stamps to commemorate the 175 th Anniversary of Nelson's death in 1805 and many were displayed. Of worthy mention was the speaker's eloquent description of the Battle of Trafalgar. The meeting benefitted greatly from his vast knowledge and significant collection, built up over 40 years- this rare/unique supporting material was a great privilege to observe.

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Tuesday 12th March
Annual Competition Night -Traditional, Thematic, Postal History
  and First Timers,  plus “Bring & Buy”

The March meeting of the Ringwood Philatelic Society featured a lively ‘Bring & Buy' session where many bargains were obtained.

Also included in the evening was the ‘Annual Competition Night'. Eminent judge John Campbell gave very full consideration to the material entered and later in announcing the results, spoke of excellence observed and gave members pointers to aid future competition entries.

As previously, the subjects studied were diverse -firstly a study of Australian stamps by Colin Mount, covering the QEII Baron Studios Portrait Issue 1959-62. ‘Censored WWII Naval Mail 1940-43' sought to investigate postal rates and postmarks on letters to/from RN ships despatched via Gibraltar plus Force H airmail and censor marks-this being Burt Burton's specialist interest. His second entry- ‘Exploration of the Depths' aimed to map the history of underwater technology, dating from Alexander the Great to the modern era, together with a study of the ‘coelacanth' fish discovered 60 years ago. (believed to be extinct for 65million years!) The final entry – by Gordon Masson entitled ‘Europe discovers North America' focussed on regions, discoveries, explorers and colonisers. As with the other entries, this study was well illuminated by superb stamps, postal items and detailed explanatory notes.

Never an easy task to mark such displays, winners had to be announced – Colin Mount obtained the trophy in the ‘Traditional Class', with Burt Burton being awarded the best ‘Postal History' and ‘Thematic' entries, and also winning the 'Best Overall' award –a magnificent achievement.

'Philatelic Judge John Campbell (right) observing details in
             member Gordon Masson's competition entry'.

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Meeting Report - Tuesday 9th April
Visiting Speaker  -  Ashley Lawrence FRPSL with
“The Siege of Paris” 

The April meeting of the Ringwood Philatelic Society provided members with an entertaining and informative evening – the topic – ‘The Siege of Paris' was presented by Ashley Lawrence FRPSL. Since school days our speaker had shown a keen interest in this period of French history and culture, including the works of Victor Hugo, Jules Verne and Alexandre Dumas and over the years had amassed a vast and impressive collection of related documents. The Franco/German War of 1870/1 is not a well known subject here, largely because Britain played little part in it. This pivotal European war vanquished the aggressor France with Germany becoming dominant. Ashley presented material which illuminated the build-up to the siege and highlighted conditions during its brief but desperate duration. A picture was presented of disabled bridges, cut telegraph wires, railway lines and roads. Starvation set in and disease increased. With Paris becoming totally isolated, there was a vital push to maintain morale by achieving communication with the outside world. 67 balloons powered by coal gas left the city during this period – carrying 3.5 million letters – 11 tons in total, plus homing pigeons – all but one balloon being piloted. Night time operation was essential and destinations precarious, being wind dependent. The siege saw the world's first airmail postal service and the first anti-aircraft guns being invented together with long distance and speed records being set – one balloon reaching Norway!! Inward mail reached Paris by means of pigeon post, using newly developed micro-film technology. Other means of communication were attempted – courier dogs…but none arrived (eaten en route?) and 55 ‘boules' (small welded bomb-shaped finned ‘boxes') crammed with letters, dropped in the Seine…none got through… (to date 33 have been recovered from river mud – find any of the remaining 22 and collectors will bite your hand off in the rush!!...most valuable). The somewhat quick surrender of Paris slowly eased matters, but around the corner was another misery – the period of the Communards.

Ashley's presentation told the story of the siege via newspaper cuttings, prints, documents – many original including stamped envelopes and letters, stamps of the period, postcards, certificates and microfilm, and souvenirs issued later. Of particular note were original prints of coloured cartoons by Draner, (Renard reversed) which captures the human predicament most powerfully.

 

Chairman Colin Mount thanking our eminent speaker for a most fascinating historical and philatelic evening full of great insights and unique material.

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Interclub Competition

The above pictures show John Davis receiving the Interclub Shield and Peter Owden Trophy
on behalf of Ringwood Club member winners, from Bob Small, Chairman of the Ferndown
and West Moors Philatelic and Postcard Club, who host the Annual Interclub Competition

(Full details of the results are on the Ferndown Club webpage)

 

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Tuesday 14th May
Members “One Page” Competition  plus
“Bring & Buy”

The May meeting of the Ringwood Philatelic Society featured a ‘Bring and Buy' and the Members' annual ‘One Page Competition'. The usual lively exchange of stamps, albums, covers and catalogues took place, this being followed by the display/talk of philatelic entries – four in total covering diverse topics. These included stamps depicting famous bearded/unbearded personalities (comic entry), a study of monarchy-‘The Lion & the Unicorn', a focus on the world's longest current serving monarch (Thailand), and, gaining first place – ‘Collecting Outside the Box' - a display of late Victorian GB ‘Jubilee' stamps of 1887. This entry, gaining most marks by members present, sought to demonstrate how a collection of these basic stamps could be extended. Areas considered were ‘Varieties in Printing' (eg. fault on printing plate), ‘Variety in colour/shade', ‘Error in Paper Use' (eg. Orange not yellow paper), ‘Different Printing Plates', ‘Unlisted in Catalogue', ‘Stamps used on Parcel Post Labels' and ‘Stamps used to Receipt Documents'. This display was illustrated by actual stamp examples, some items being scarce/unique.
The Society's Secretary- Jo Knott, presented the ‘President's Cup' to winner Paul Barry who was somewhat embarrassed since he had been acting in the Chairman's absence!! (‘fix!!-fix!!)

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Saturday 1st June
“RINGPEX”

The Ringwood Philatelic Society held its annual stamp & postcard fair –‘Ringpex' -at Greyfriars Community Centre on the ‘glorious 1st June', an event that certainly matched the sunshine! Most of the regular dealers took part -several travelling long distances, including some new ones. Although visitor numbers were a little down, the two halls and foyer were ‘abuzz' for much of the morning, with some wheeling and dealing continuing until the 4:00pm close. Numerous collectors stated they were very happy with their day and the majority of dealers reported sound business. Dealers valued the opportunity to trade at this popular event and appreciated the RPS members' ready assistance with porterage! (100s of crates /cases of stock is certainly not light work!) As on previous occasions, member and local GB dealer Peter Mollett kindly provided the first prize for the raffle – a suberb 1d Black – this year being won by a Ringwood philatelist. Up there with the prizes was the catering service run by the society – providing excellent bacon rolls and other delights throughout the day. So keep your diaries open for next year's ‘Ringpex' (7th June) – see you there!

 

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11th June, 2013 - Allan Whittaker presents "Australian Airmails 1921-39"

‘Australian Airmails 1921-39', the subject for the June meeting of the Ringwood Philatelic Society, was very ably presented by member and specialist collector Alan Whittaker. He provided a magnificent exhibition, tracing the development of airmail services in the inter-war years. Numerous display sheets focussed on the emerging companies, their routes, pilots and planes and uncovered this story with stamped covers- some signed by pilots, postcards, newspaper cuttings, correspondence, documents, photos, tickets/luggage labels and advertising materials, all appropriately written-up, together with a complex ‘family tree' of airlines operating during this period.

These were pioneering days- clearly there was a huge demand for services- yet establishing them was problematic- basic field runways with no facilities, fuel delivery issues, and poor maps- certain flights followed telegraph wires! Unreliability of planes added to the mix, although flying-boats were more successful, especially over water! The one positive was the availability of experienced pilots-having trained/served in WWI. The exhibit examined the Western, Central and Eastern Australian routes, links to Tasmania and later to New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Alan explained that the first operator-Western Australian Airways- was formed by Major Norman Brearley in May 1921. Railways had a mail delivery monopoly-therefore the development of air services was a great commercial challenge. Other companies followed and the network extended to connection with the Freemantle/UK mail boat. By 1934 a regular UK service had opened from Brisbane.

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith (Smithy) and co-pilot /partner Chas Thomas Ulm were ‘major players'. Both were very significant airmen, but Ulm was the business brains- together establishing ‘Australian National Airways' in 1928 and operating from 1930, commencing with 6 Avro 10's. Whilst Smithy was first and foremost a spectacular world flying ace and pioneer, frequently winning air races, a few years later he paid the ultimate price- going missing off Burma (assumed) whilst aiming for a record flight, UK/Australia (1935). Alan's high quality display provided a real insight into these aspects, and then proceeded to chart Ulm's parallel career. Ulm was highly successful in business, which rapidly acquired new routes with contracts for both industry and government mail. He too died in pursuit of his passion, experiencing navigational problems en-route California to Hawaii. (1934)

In concluding his presentation, Alan explained that his considerable accumulation of archive material, collected over many years was occasionally being added to. However locating new items is indeed a huge difficulty, stating ‘it is not so much- can I afford, but can I find?!' He has a constant eye on auctions and Amazon and keeps close links with dealers and other friends within the hobby. He is a member of various philatelic societies and researches through biographies and other historical sources.

Chairman Colin Mount, in voicing the appreciation of members, thanked the speaker for ‘bringing along an amazing exhibition.'

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9th July, 2013 - Annual General Meeting
and  the Chairman's Guest Entertains
Wendy Buckle, President of the British Thematic Association
spoke on "Getting Started in Thematics"

The July meeting of the Ringwood Philatelic Society began with the AGM (the 46th ) and the presentation of display awards.


President Rowan Brockhurst opens the 46th AGM of the Ringwood Philatelic Society

The evening's scheduled topic dealt with a fascinating subject - ‘Getting Started with Thematics'. Society member Wendy Buckle was eminently suited to address this subject being editor of ‘Themescene', the magazine of the British Thematic Association. Many stamp collectors in childhood focus on ‘how many stamps have you got?' This is often followed by single country collecting and/or specialization. However, over time, collecting thematically has achieved popularity among many philatelists – in Wendy's case some thirty years! She explained some attractions…it is wide ranging and can include any country at any period…the collector decides what to include/ignore. Choosing the theme can be work related, or may arise from an interest or hobby. It can be light hearted or serious. The choice enables the exploration of a subject already cared about and therefore provides a head start…rather than researching a completely new area.

Wendy was quick to point out that in choosing a theme it is important to bear in mind how big it is…'transport is huge but trains or motor cycles is manageable'. Her first collection was on ‘the history of printing', then thoughts arose… 'what came before printing?' She therefore started on ‘illuminated manuscripts' which led to ‘how did writing start?' And then how are written materials collected and stored…..libraries? The warning was not to let an interest ‘run away with you'. Additionally, a narrow seeming theme can soon expand considerably… in Wendy's case she can now muster 24 display pages on how printing spread through Europe!!

Working out how to tell the story is the hardest thing to do. Research in libraries, internet, catalogues and magazines all are useful tools and philatelic knowledge gained from collectors, the trade, exhibitions and club events all assist. Wendy believed it is best to start with stamps. Here there are so many sources….stamp fairs, auctions, club packets, dealers and swopping, etc. At some point the collection of information, stamps and theme related artefacts will need organising and thought given to planning and display layout. All of this is personal choice, as is the writing up, preferably on computer ‘to maintain a standard format'.

Members were greatly impressed with Wendy's display which highlighted key ideas discussed and which presented extracts from her considerable collections – the link being 'Written Communication'. Mint stamps featured… greatly supported by covers, postmarks, postcards, pictures, photos and cigarette cards - all interwoven by skilful, succinct script.

This was a magnificent prompt for members to….'get started'.

Programme 2013- 2014

2013
Tuesday 10th September
Members Evening with 5 sheets from members using the
letters  S, T and U, Plus members “Bring and Buy”
.

Tuesday 8th October
Visiting Speaker - A Visit from the Salisbury Philatelic Society

Saturday 19th  October
Hampshire Federation Convention “HAMPEX” held again
this year at Wickham, Nr. Fareham, Hants
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Tuesday 12th November
Visiting Speaker - Les Stubbington from Chichester with
“Golf Links with the World of Philately”


Tuesday 10th December      
Christmas starts here with "Confessions of a Volunteer Organist" by John Davis FRPSL
  Sherry & mince pies, Partners welcome, and members are
invited to contribute by bringing along some Christmas fare
.


2014
Tuesday 14th January
Members Evening with mini displays plus
“Bring & Buy"


Tuesday 11th February
John Davis FRPSL will entertain us with "Delivery of The Mail"

Tuesday 11th March
Annual Competition Night -Traditional, Thematic, Postal History
  and First Timers,  plus “Bring & Buy”


Tuesday 8th April
Visiting Speaker  -  Dane Garrod - "Lost Letters to Madeline"

Saturday 12th April
Ferndown & West Moors Stamp & Postcard Fair - at Ferndown
includes the Inter-Society Competition


Tuesday  13th May
Members “One Page” Competition  plus
“Bring & Buy” 
 

Saturday 7th June
“RINGPEX” Our own Stamp & Postcard Fair - 
open 10am to 4pm

Tuesday 10th June
Visiting Speaker - David Speer from Honiton in Devon with "The Harold King Collection"


Tuesday 8th July
Annual General Meeting and  the Chairman's Guest Entertains
Wendy Buckle, President of the British Thematic Association
will follow up her introduction to Thematics last year with planning your thematic collection.


Meeting Report - 10th September 2013

Members Evening with 5 sheets from members using the
letters  S, T and U, Plus members “Bring and Buy”

Ringwood Philatelic Society began its year's programme with a two-fold success; an excellent attendance ( plus two new members) and well prepared and delivered presentations, where six members displayed under the letters ‘S', ‘T' or ‘U'. Wendy Buckle produced a magnificent collection of album sheets which using the letter ‘S', showed the development of scripts and manuscripts entitled -‘The Write Stuff'. This history was well described by means of appropriate stamps, covers (stamped envelopes), postcards, photos and diagrams. In particular, attention focussed on Egyptian hieroglyphics, Chinese calligraphy and Japanese characters.

Wendy displaying "The Write Stuff"

The various branches of ‘ S cience' were Gordon Masson's subjects – again a huge area of study but skilfully tailored. He found that the world of stamps ‘did more than justice to this theme'. Aspects of psychology and sociology were covered as well as biology, chemistry and physics. Major minds were celebrated – Newton, Darwin and Marconi and a glimpse into the modern era with Dawkins, space travel, laser and DNA technologies. It became clear that… ‘science is very popular among postal authorities'. The little known topic - ‘ S tamped Stationery' was the special interest of member Geoff Hood and here a concentration was placed on letter cards in the period 1943-44. However such philatelic material was not only produced by Britain…as Geoff put it…'It always amazes me that some of the smallest countries bother to produce these elaborate items'. Paul Barry's contribution was a personal journey through the world of stamps as gifts…here moving on and using the letter ‘T', entitled – ‘ T hanks for the Stamps'. He traced some of the significant items he had received over his lifetime, beginning with a fascinating story whereby his brother had encouraged him to collect by bringing home stamps including a block of four used ‘penny reds'… a swop achieved at boarding school. Within the vast scope of stamp collecting it never surprises collectors to learn of new areas of study and so John Davis' theme was a good example! His was a detailed philatelic account of the establishment and fortunes of an unusual postal service headed ‘Niuafo'ou and its T in Can Mail Service 1882-1983'. (the most northerly of the Tonga Islands) This facility was established due to inaccessibility and required swimmers to take ‘canned' mail out to waiting ships – later using outriggers. The airport's arrival saw its eventual termination. The evening was well rounded off with Chris Wheeler's unexpected - ‘ U nderground Railways of the Americas'. Featuring stamps, miniature sheets, covers, postcards and rail tickets from numerous capitals, it was a collector's treasure trove and ‘a real interest for railway buffs!'

The second half of the meeting saw another lively ‘Bring & Buy session'.

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8 October 2013 - Visit from Salisbury Club

Husband and Wife, John and Claire Scott, visited from Salisbury to entertain the Ringwood Society with two very interesting displays.

Claire began the evening with “The Brunei 1952 Sir Omar Ali Saufuddin Issue”. After a brief introduction to Brunei and the stamp issues up to 1952, many unique exhibits were described, starting with vignettes and heads on green paper, obtained by cleaners from the wastebaskets of the de la Rue offices and sold to dealers. Part plates of the definitive issue were passed round for members to examine. The display sheets covered a wide range of philatelic material: 2 cent proofs; high value plates; errors; shift in positions; postal service department mail with cachets; dead letter mail; one scarce example of parcel post; postage dues; mis-sents; tax marks; fiscal useage and air mails. Post from various towns and villages including an example of a cover from Labi to Singapore which travelled via motor boat to Buhit Puan, and then on to the coastal town of Seria on the only railway in Brunei, run by Shell.

The amazing story of the passer-by of an office block being demolished who saw interesting paperwork in the skip and asked permission to take it. The material turned out to be from Harrisons archive and included the original watercolour artwork and the photographic proof for the Omnibus issues of 1965 and 1966, in which Brunei was the only country to replace the Queen's head with a portrait of the Sultan.


Watercolour artwork........................Photographic Proof..............................Final Stamps

After the break, John explained his display “The Postal Ephemera of the Industrial Revolution”. From collecting stamps and postal history for many years, John had now become a collector of what he described as being “Inside the Letter”. He demonstrated two aspects, the fine engraving used on this period's stationery, and the range of items that were sent in this early mail. His first sheet showed an example of a letterhead of the first Silk Mill in Derby in its then countryside setting, followed by several other Victorian factory examples with their copiously smoking chimneys (demonstrating prosperity).

Examples included invoices for wagons, soda bottles, Henry Jessop's invoices for steel sent to USA; products such as fire engines and saws. Beautifully engraved stationery covering a wide range of Brunel' work, his ships and bridges; Stevenson's Britannia Bridge over the Menai Straits and the High Level Bridge in Newcastle, opened by Queen Victoria in 1849, being the final part of the London to Edinburgh Railway.


Coloured Engraved Letterhead featuring
Brunel's Royal Albert Bridge

There were many continental invoices and letterheads, several featuring medal impressions. The Great Exhibitions of 1851 and 1862 were featured. There were price lists, bills of lading, invoices, all examples of material sent through the post. Perhaps an example of the first railway container – a horse-drawn removal van on a railway flat bed wagon! All this fascinating material demonstrating our industrial heritage, is of great interest to archivist, genealogists and industrial historians.

The evening concluded with a Vote of Thanks and Certificate Presentation by Club Chairman, Colin Mount.

 

Chris Wheeler
9 October 2013

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12 November 2013 - Visiting Speaker - Les Stubbington from Chichester with
“Golf Links with the World of Philately”

Maybe this report will be of interest - especially to golfers…..!!

Ringwood Philatelic Society Members experienced a fascinating topic at their November meeting – ‘Golf Links with the World of Philately' – presented by Chichester specialist Les Stubbington. Through this thematic approach the world of golf was explored – making excellent use of appropriate stamps from across the world, printed covers, postcards and postmarks, together with photos and advertising material whereby golfing images promoted products, events or venues. This very considerable display (179 sheets!) illustrated aspects of the golfing story – ‘Golfing Greats', ‘Golf in the Early Days', and a considerable focus on the game itself, - techniques, rules, etiquette, equipment and course architecture. A particular emphasis was placed on major events in the calendar, with world tournaments including ‘The Grand Slam', receiving a most detailed account. A particularly interesting section dealt with the mysterious world of golfing terminology – ‘birdie', ‘eagle', ‘albatross'…and did you know ‘condor'?! (meaning ‘four-under-par on an individual hole' –rare indeed!!) The entire collection was skilfully written-up and assembled over many years – the task of locating suitable philatelic/non philatelic material often being a challenge in itself: to quote our speaker –‘You need to look in various locations since you never know what you are going to come across.'


Les Stubbington with his Certificate

Chairman Colin Mount, in summarising the meeting, warmly thanked the speaker and stated…'This is a fantastic display'. It certainly was – its depth and breadth catering for both the beginner and the most experienced golfer.

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Tuesday 10th December 2013
Christmas starts here with "Confessions of a Volunteer Organist"
by John Davis FRPSL

Ringwood Philatelic Society Members held their Christmas meeting enhanced by amusing entertainment, this year being provided by colleague John Davis. Entitled ‘Confessions of a Volunteer Organist', John began by stating he was an unlikely candidate since he claimed to be ‘untrained, unskilled and limited in technical ability'…adding that he always plays the right notes – but not always in the right order!' His career had seen him involved in church music and finance and had met more than enough ‘desperate vicars' in the process!! Much of his success appears to be due to his wife digging him in the ribs when not up to scratch! John became adept at stepping in at short notice and was generally appreciated. However on one notable occasion, having given his all, he was startled to receive an official's comment…'It is amazing what comes out of the woodwork!!' John cited numerous examples of playing on unfamiliar organs - some abroad. Once he nearly got romantically entangled (or so he thought!) when attempting to play in a church on Lanzarote . An over-enthusiastic and attractive nun, no less, began extreme physical stretching exercises across his body as he attempted to play. ‘What could this mean?' he wondered. Unfortunately for John, it became clear that her actions were completely honourable…she was making sure all the right stops were engaged!! (Well that's his story!) Members were much amused by John's many tales and could have continued further, well into the evening.


John Davis being thanked by Acting Chairman Paul Barry

Following the Christmas fayre and raffle appreciated by all, the previous year's speaker Rev Stuart Timbrell, (this evening invited as a guest) passionately addressed the meeting, and thanked the Society for receipt of a much valued cheque donation to aid his outreach work in connection with psychiatric and vulnerable people in Poole…vital work as government funding cuts are impacting most keenly.

Concluding the meeting, Acting Chairman Paul Barry stated that the Society had enjoyed a brilliant year's programme, including numerous philatelic presentations and displays of high calibre. . He announced that the next meeting would be again at Greyfriars, 7.30pm 14th January…"Members' Evening with mini displays plus Bring & Buy".

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Tuesday 14th January 2014       
Members Evening with mini displays plus
“Bring & Buy"

The January meeting of the Ringwood Philatelic Society provided a ‘Members' Evening' with mini displays plus ‘Bring & Buy'. Topics varied greatly with Chris Wheeler producing the first two, beginning with ‘Alfred Rusell Wallace, 1823-1913' who developed his theory of evolution – prompting Darwin to publish. Wallace spent his last years in Broadstone. The display showed special Post Office covers with unique postmarks in celebration. Chris then examined the activities of a new postal administration – ‘Caribbean Netherlands', showing just some of their new stamp issues.

Wendy Buckle provided a highly detailed study on ‘The History of Printing', first looking at 11th Century Chinese ‘movable type' which was not observed in Europe until 1450 with the German Gutenberg developments. Details of the famous ‘Gutenberg Bible' were presented which did much to revolutionise communication together with the work of Caxton (1476). The display was supported by pictures, stamps and covers – all superbly written up.

Gordon Masson had been studying the small stamp Victorian Canadian issue 1870-97 complex and in depth…looking at papers used, shades of ink, perforations and the numerous printing plate flaws. This study was well promoted to Members with his demonstration of a digital microscope!! (To see Gordon's full talk click here)


A microscope view of a detail on laptop screen


Using the scale grid on the microscope
to measure the perforations

Chairman and long time Ringwood resident Colin Mount took the theme – ‘Ringwood Post, 1842-1911'. This New Forest market town had been an important postal area in this period. A well researched and collected topic supported his study, with photos, pre-stamped and stamped envelopes and a fascinating array of various local postmarks.


Chairman Colin Mount presenting 'Ringwood Post 1842-1911'

‘GB Victorian Parcel Post Labels' was an unusual and little known concluding contribution provided by Paul Barry. Such labels were introduced in order to aid proper adhesion. (Here stamps were affixed to the label and postmarked). Many such labels have not survived – certainly not in fine condition. A small but worthwhile assortment of these were shown, bearing 1887-1901 ‘Jubilee' stamps…the first of Britain's bi-coloured stamps.

Paul Barry, 23 January 2014

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Tuesday 11th February 2014
‘Delivery of the Mail' by John Davis FRPSL

The Society really does manage to promote a most worthwhile programme, as this evening's meeting really proved. When we think of this subject we probably have in mind…sorting offices, post-vans, bikes, trolleys, bags and rubber bands!! Oh, and orange personnel in shorts!!...and in all weather!! John's research and amazing collection took us far beyond these basic concepts…across land, air and water. For example, when did you last see mail being delivered by catapult or ice-skates?! Our speaker…one of us…is excellent at tackling unusual themes –this was no exception. At the start of John's display, ‘Delivery of the Mail' was seen as the delivery of messages – here we saw a study of stamps depicting Greek/Roman mythology –‘Hermes' and ‘Mercury'. Indeed, angles, bells and smoke signals have all played their part. He then developed the major section in A-Z mode. To give a flavour…'Arrow' mail delivery in difficult terrain. Then an ‘Archer' featured on a Mexican express letter stamp. Of some interest was ‘Auto-gyro' mail…here John displayed a postcard cancelled 8-5-34, flown on the first UK Aerial Post …Windsor to London. ‘Balloon' mail (1811 Siege of Paris), ‘Bike' mail, and Australian ‘Bush' mail followed. Under ‘C' we enjoyed amongst others - 'Cannon Ball' mail, ‘Catamaran' and ‘Clipper' mail (flying boats). ‘Diplomatic Bag', ‘Dog Sledge', ‘Donkey' and propaganda ‘Drop' mail via gliders followed on!! We then examined the worlds of ‘Elephant' mail, ‘Flying-boat' mail, ‘Helicopters', ‘Horses', ‘Hovercraft' and Hydrofoil' mails!! Postmen on ‘Ice Skates' proved interesting as was sea ‘Jug' mail!!...(cans thrown into the sea off Cape Cod in 1954) and Russian ‘Ice Breaker' mail.

The second half was eagerly awaited too…dealing with ‘L-Z' and was equally superbly supported by expert writing-up, together with a wide range of postal history and associated material. Here John kicked off with ‘Local Posts'…ie delivery on foot and ‘College' mail. The period was 1871-86 –with 8 Oxford and 3 Cambridge self-issued stamps. Beautiful coloured postcards with college coats of arms were displayed. 1886 however saw the service terminated. (in contravention of Post Office monopoly!!) Members then enjoyed ‘Microlite' (New Zealand), ‘Motor-bike' (Guatemala), ‘Packhorse', ‘Paddle-steamer' and ‘Private' mails. ‘Tube' mail brings back distant memories of vacuum tube delivery in department stores? (in my case.. a love note sent to the office Junior being promptly returned to me + red ink indignation from her manager, to the effect that I was wasting business time and if Mr- knew… then……ugg!!) I digress! Next…in the mid 1930s we observed ‘Rocket' mail, then ‘Ropeway' mail in Gibraltar. ‘Slave' mail, ‘Sling' mail, ‘Snowmobile', ‘Space', ‘Speedboat', ‘Ski' mail…(even a stamp issued by Equitorial Guinea!!) and ‘Swim' mail (Peru) further developed our theme. The concluding section had some gems too…with ‘Taxi' mail (Palestine), ‘Telegrams, and ‘Tonga'…an Indian mail cart, followed by 'Tractor' mail…Pitcairn's, and of course… ‘Tin Can' mail from Niuafoou in theTonga island group. (this was in fact a collection in its own right, having been displayed elsewhere).This was used from 1882 until 1983, when a new airport obviated the need for swimmers or outriggers to handle the post across un-navigable shores. ‘Wells Fargo' mail was celebrated with a superb cover postmarked Sacramento, California…27July, 1866 and having a beautiful ‘Wells Fargo' logo in black on the embossed envelope.

The warm vote of thanks by our Chairman Colin Mount commented on the sheer range of material in the collection…vast. For me (apart from ‘Tube Mail' for obvious reasons!) the image that clinched it was John's research into…..wait for it…... ‘ STILT MAIL' !!! …where an early postal service operated in the region of Landes, between Bordeaux and Bayonne where poorly drained heath and moorland necessitated postmen to deliver to villagers on stilts. John's wonderful sepia photo postcards are very well worth seeing!!

Paul Barry 12 February 2014

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Tuesday 11th March 2014
Annual Competition Night -Traditional, Thematic, Postal History
  and First Timers

The March meeting of the Ringwood Philatelic Society began with an unexpected but vital medical input...a detailed introduction to Greyfriars Community Centre's ‘in house' defibrillator. Volunteer staff representing Royal Life Saving Society were on hand to demonstrate this amazing (talking!) equipment which is designed to be operated by anyone by following verbal electronic instructions. Based in an increasing number of public buildings nationally, this emergency medical aid has saved numerous lives.

Members of the Society then were entertained by colleagues' competition entries. Winner of the ‘Postal History' section (and Best Overall) was Wendy Buckle's ‘Postmarks of Riga as a Russian City'. Today Latvia is an independent country but before 1918 it existed as two provinces of the Russian Empire…Livland and Kurland, with Riga capital of Livland. Wendy's study illustrated the major postmarks used by the Russian Post Office on stamped mail. This was a superbly written up display which included maps, postcards and inland stationery cards, covers and transit marks. Geoff Hood's study (gaining ‘Best in the General Class') was equally unusual with a detailed consideration of ‘The Paris Pneumatic Post' …here was examined the 1886 experimental pneumatic tube initially linking the Telegraph Office at the Bourse with the Grand Hotel in order to quickly deliver stock market messages. Later the network was opened to the general public and gradually extended to cover the whole city. The study included a variety of official cards, telegrams and envelopes, together with a look at postmarks and postal rates.

The display…'150 Years of London Underground' gained member Chris Wheeler the trophy in the ‘Novice – First Time Entry' class. Following his highly informative introduction, Chris proceeded to skilfully support his theme with the display of very colourful modern mint stamps, miniature sheets, and commemorative covers (eg.75 th Anniversary of the Waterloo & City Railway, 11 th July 1898). We learnt that the first underground railway opened on 10 th January 1863 connecting 3.5 miles –Farringdon St. to Paddington via King's X and Baker St. using the GWR broad gauge. (Now that's early!!).

Alan Whittaker scooped 2nd place in the General Class with his highly detailed study – ‘Queensland & Northern Territory Aerial Services Ltd (Qantas) 1926/34'. This riveting entry made great use of scarce material – covers, stamps, photos, airmail booklets, airline advertising items and maps – all superbly written up. The display stated that Qantas was formed on 16th November 1920. An emphasis was placed on its development 1926/34. In this period the Flying Boat Service was established, with WWII disrupting the service until 1943. Behind KLM, Qantas is the second oldest world airline. This unique collection was a privilege to view…. the airline would surely like to acquire this treasure for its own archive!!?


Geoff receiving his cup from Colin Mount; Wendy receiving her cup and plate; and Chris receiving his cup


Judge Julian Jones and some of the Competition Entries

The competition was judged by Julian Jones, Chairman of the Hampshire Philatelic Federation, who gave members a most helpful outline of good display practice, strongly making the point that the skilful writing up of ‘the first page is vital – it sets the scene for what follows…and write this up after all others are completed!'

The evening concluded with a most popular ‘Bring & Buy' session.

Paul Barry 26 March 2014

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Tuesday 8th April
Visiting Speaker  -  Dane Garrod - "Lost Letters to Madeline"

            An intriguing title!  What a story!  Another gem in the programme! Ringwood Philatelic Society, although small in membership, has an amazing ability to attract top speakers with often unique or rare material to display, accompanied by riveting presentation. The April meeting was no exception. The speaker, Dane Garrod, introduced himself as ‘a social historian using philately as a vehicle’. Any title with the word ‘lost’ in it seems to attract our attention, for by nature we all wish to redeem that which was lost. (‘The Lost World’, ‘The Lost Gardens of Heligan’, etc.) Here, these ‘lost letters’ were discovered after 70 years of neglect, found in the derelict estate buildings of a ruined mansion – ‘Edwinsford’, Carmarthenshire. Two workers found this cache of Victorian and Edwardian period correspondence and although details of the new ownership are lost in the mists of time, we know that eventually these envelopes with their letters inside found their way to a South Wales stamp fair in the mid 1980s…for sale in bin bags!

During the next thirty years or more, dispersal occurred. A chance purchase by our speaker of two envelopes, with contents, in 2003 at a London auction, led to him becoming intrigued with the contents and the background of both their author and receiver. Initially it appeared that a young woman had here written two love letters to possibly a future husband…but the story was far more than that…revolving around Madeline Drummond…half, of a born again Victorian/Edwardian love story.

So began Dane’s lengthy, determined and highly detailed investigation into these now distant lives. Born 22 August, 1847 as the eldest child of Sir Andrew Agnew of Lochnaw, clan chief, and her mother- Lady Louisa Agnew, (daughter of the Earl of Gainsborough), little is known of Madeline’s young life. Her early marriage to Harry Clifton, later MP, (only son of the squire of Lytham) brought about no less than seven children. With his death at just 35, Madeline found herself a widow, and came to live in the Capital…moving in the highest circles, being the eldest child of a Baronet. By late 1888, she had met and become engaged to Sir James (Joe) Williams-Drummond of Edwinsford…the Lord Lieutenant of Carmarthenshire, and following marriage a year later, (plus a son-‘Jimmy’), they lived there blissfully, yet somewhat briefly, following untimely, separate deaths.  Dane stated: ‘all the letters that Joe Drummond had received through the years from 1872 to 1913, and those that he and Madeline wrote to each other from at least 1888 onwards, were saved in their mansion. They reveal a fascinating story of social life of late Victorian and Edwardian times, and a love between Madeline and Joe that lasted the seventeen years of their marriage. They may be physically gone, but… a form of resurrection has begun.’

             Dane’s magnificent display contained numerous items from the original find, collected over the years, and although some envelopes, stamps and letters had been damaged by the ravages of time, neglect and climate, they present a mine of important social research material. His on-going detection work has taken him to Wales and numerous other parts of Britain.  Interviews with descendants and access to archives, some private, have revealed much information and although the jig-saw will never be complete, he has unearthed enough material to retell a history and a great love affair. When we read, at the end of Lady Drummond’s correspondence …‘Your Very Loving Madeline’, we gain a glimpse into a most special relationship.

 Acting Chairman Paul Barry warmly thanked Dane… ‘for sharing your unique collection, huge historical study, and an engaging story – superbly written up with eloquent delivery’, placing Dane’s detective skills….’on a par with no less a character than Poirot himself!!  Thankyou’.

Dane's title page
Some of the recovered "lost" letters


Paul thanking Dane for his excellent presentation

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Tuesday 13th May
Members “One Page” Competition

Chairman Colin Mount opened the meeting and announced the Society’s recent success…the winning of the philatelic ‘Interclub Shield’ and was able to display it for Members’ approval.

In this evenings’ competition, the 4 winning entries were again of a high standard.  In 4th place, we saw Gordon Masson’s fascinating display…’Great Britain, Queen Victoria Used Stamp Identification’. Here was a small collection of stamps, each accompanied with digital microscope detail. This exercise promoted the valuable assistance that electronic technology can provide…especially useful where heavy postmarks on Victorian issues prevent accurate detection of detail, such as printing die and plate, sheet position, etc…all important matters for the keen philatelist.

Member Chris Wheeler produced an interesting focus on South Africa’s ‘Bible Society Issue’…19th November, 1987. (3rd place) A certain scarcity surrounds one of the four values, that of the 40cent stamp, which in fact was displayed along with the other three values. Due to religious objections (the name of the Deity should not be written on anything disposable), post offices were instructed not to sell the 40c. stamps.  Most were therefore destroyed making surviving copies somewhat ‘sought after’.

The next display was presented by David Etchells. This was a study of two local (Ringwood) GB Victorian envelopes, each with a ‘Penny Red’ (imperforate)….nothing unusual about these until it is realised that incorrect numerical postmarks had been applied by the Ringwood Post Office….both early dates…’Oct. 15,1846’ and ‘Mar 9, 1852’.

Overall winner was Colin Mount whose entry would fascinate many, especially those for whom German aviation studies are important. Here was displayed a commercially flown ‘Graf Zeppelin’ airmail cover, (flight no. 9384) sent from Brazil 24th July, 1934, via Rio…arriving Stuttgart 31st July…flight time 79.04 hours!! 


The four one page competition entries

Paul Barry, 30 May 2014

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Saturday 7th June
“RINGPEX” Our own Stamp & Postcard Fair - 
open 10am to 4pm

This year’s stamp & postcard fair took place on 7th June at the usual venue…Greyfriars Community Centre. There were a good number of dealers representing wide collecting interests, with visitors enjoying time out for their hobby, particularly in the morning. The social side of philately/deltiology was well exploited too!!  Part of the pleasure of fairs is the unexpected. Whilst it is seldom possible to buy according to a shopping list, the unexpected can happen. Take for example the surfacing (and then prompt sale) of a GB Victorian cover 1/- red & green, postmarked JU 24, 00 British Army S. Africa Field P.O., addressed to Scorrier, Cornwall.   Scarce indeed….find another one!!

Refreshments (‘Ringpex bacon/sausage rolls’) all day were a real bonus, especially as some people had started the day at 6am!!, such is the Fair’s popularity.

The Penny Black Raffle (lovely stamp kindly donated by local GB specialist dealer Peter Mollett and won by a Romsey collector), was most popular, and this, together with a further 10 prizes have been delivered to the lucky winners.    See you next year..it may be your lucky day!!


Gordon Masson with Australian stamp dealer Brian Trindall (right)

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Tuesday 10th June
Visiting Speaker - David Speer with "The Harold King Collection"

One shared and strong characteristic of philatelists is that desire and ability to preserve. This fact was none more apparent than that observed in this evening’s display presentation by our speaker David Speer. David who is a member of the BSAP (‘British Society of Australian Philately’) was tonight’s custodian of an amazing personalised collection designed and belonging to the late Harold King, who died in 1992. Harold’s original collection was vast, containing a huge quantity of Australian philatelic items – frequently superb and well documented, with elaborate pen and ink script and hand drawn illustrations. Sadly the collection had to be auctioned off…but this is where the BSAP came to the rescue, acquiring part of this unique archive. Tonight’s display of 180 sheets contained no scarce philatelic material – its riches existing within the extensive artistic creative work employed across the pages, literally telling Australia’s history via reference to philatelic material.

            The study began in the Greek period and traced Australia’s exploration and development through into the modern era. Here indeed was an impressive history lesson of a quality far in excess of any taking place in the writer’s 1950’s classrooms!!  Key figures were highlighted, supported in each case by superb write-up and commemorative stamps on/off covers…including Van Diemen, Cook, Tasman, Bligh, etc. Of notable local interest, a most pleasing display sheet focussed on Sir Joseph Banks (1745), naturalist and patron of science (see below).



            The second part of the evening, whilst Australian in content, took on a different theme. Leaving history a little to one side, the presentation centred on stamps and the story behind them. Special hand-stamps, often featured on first day covers, were highlighted, together with a section relating to the Australian Post Office, and various minor, out of the way offices. Of particular interest was the special hand-stamp ...’The Summit, Mt. Kosciusko, NS Wales, together with a photo of the post box. Uluru, (also known as Ayers Rock), was a separate study and unique correspondence was exhibited, between Harold King and the Postal Administration.

            In thanking David for a most interesting Australian journey through both time and space, Chairman Colin Mount observed…’This collection is quite remarkable…. full of interest’. He stated that Harold King loved research as evidenced in this outstanding collection/display.  There can be no better custodian of these treasures than the BSAP!!


David Speers being thanked by Chairman, Colin Mount

Paul Barry, 23 June 2014

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Tuesday 8th July
Annual General Meeting and  the Chairman's Guest Entertains:-
Wendy Buckle, President of the British Thematic Association,
followed up her introduction to Thematics from last year with:
"Planning your Thematic Collection"

The 47th AGM, chaired by President Rowan Brockhurst, took place with all reports being accepted and officers being thanked for their dedication and success in helping the Club to grow again during the past year.  Another promising programme for 2014-2015 was announced, with the first meeting being on Tuesday 9th September, a  Members Evening with maximum 15 sheets from members using the letters  V, W and X.


Getting started

The President then presented certificates to the four winners of the 2014 Society Competition.

Geoff receiving his certificate Wendy receiving her certificate
Chris receiving his certificate Colin receiving his certificate


The Chairman’s Guest this year was club member Wendy Buckle who followed up her excellent talk of last year with an illustrated disposition on “Planning your Thematic Collection”.  The emphasis was on thematics for displays and collections rather than for competitions.  The three major components were analysed: what can be collected; choosing a title
and making a plan.

Using several pages of examples and lateral thinking, Wendy explained some of the suggestions:
the key is to tell a story; use material gained from every source possible (find the material to tell the story, not vice versa); join a study group associated with the theme; look for illustrations as well as stamps and stamp tabs; think broadly about what is incorporated in the stamps, for example the seeds in Jersey’s recent poppy issue; look at the back of the stamps; what they are printed on; non-postal issue stamps; cinderellas; watermarks; FDC envelopes and maxicards; meter marks and slogans; perfins; telegrams, air letters and airgraphs.  She reminded the audience to narrow the topic, for example instead of “transport” select “steam trains from the GWR during the war years” or instead of “planes” select “flight covers from the 1930s”, and then expand within that choice.

Wendy showed several examples of the plans from her own and other philatelists’ displays to illustrate how they should be used to help in telling the story and choosing a title.  Write the plan then choose a title!  There were several questions from the audience and Chairman Colin Mount also suggested that stockbook pages could be used to compile a list of headings, to assist in focusing the collecting of material.

Wendy illustrating use of meter marks Some meter marks on display


In thanking Wendy for her excellent presentation, Colin noted that although many in the audience had experience in writing up collections and displaying them, Wendy’s simple but in-depth guidance was invaluable to everyone, and much appreciated by all present.

Chris Wheeler, 9 July 2014

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Programme 2014 - 2015

2014
Tuesday 9th September
Members Evening with maximum 5 sheets from members using the
letters  V, W and X, Plus members “Bring and Buy”
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Saturday 13th September
Poole Fair and Somerset & Dorset Federation Competition
Upton Community Centre, Poole


Tuesday 14th October
Poole Philatelic Society visit us

Saturday 18th  October
Hampshire Federation Convention “HAMPEX”
Wickham Community Centre, Nr. Fareham, Hants
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Tuesday 11th November
Visiting Speaker - Christine Earle FRPSL - "The Post Office Goes to War"

Tuesday 9th December      
Christmas starts here with the Rev Stuart Timbrell.
  Sherry & mince pies. Partners welcome, and members are
invited to contribute by bringing along some Christmas fare
.


2015
Tuesday 13th January
Members Evening with mini displays plus
“Bring & Buy"


Tuesday 10th February
Wendy Buckle presents "The Write Stuff"

Tuesday 10th March
Annual Competition Night -Traditional, Thematic, Postal History
  also First Timers,  plus “Bring & Buy”


Thursday 2nd April
We visit Poole Philatelic Society

Saturday 11th April
Ferndown & West Moors Stamp & Postcard Fair - at Ferndown
includes the Inter-Society Competition

Tuesday 14th April
Norman Hudson from Chester with "Scottish Islands"

Tuesday  12th May
Members “One Page” Competition  plus
“Bring & Buy” 
 

Saturday 6th June
“RINGPEX 2015” Our own Stamp & Postcard Fair - 
open 10am to 4pm

Tuesday 9th June
Guest Speaker from Crewkerne in Somerset with "South Georgia"

Tuesday 14th July
Annual General Meeting and  the Chairman's Guest Entertains
Hugh Jefferies MBE FRPSL "Catalogues"

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Tuesday 9th September
Members Evening with maximum 15 sheets using the
letters  V, W and X

This was an occasion when Members provided in-house entertainment…in the form of displays of stamps and related philatelic material and a diverse range of topics was enjoyed. The first subject was related to Lithuanian (the country's Capital being Vilnius) stamps, from early 20th century. Presented on 15 sheets, member Wendy Buckle provided a high quality study display which included scarce covers…one being considerably rare…a commercially used envelope addressed to Wien…Warsaw to Vienna, 19 Nov. 1921. Taking the subject ‘War Artist’, Chris Wheeler displayed a well written up, topical theme…making reference to the work of George Washington Lambert (1873-1930) who specialised in the Australian Light Horse Brigades and their Middle East conflicts. These were mounted troops with characteristics of both cavalry and mounted infantry.  2008 saw the Australian Post Office produce miniature stamp sheets which depicted Lambert’s amazing artistic abilities….these being displayed together with a first day cover, postcards and photos.

The little known subject of ‘Newspaper Wrapper Stamps’ followed…Geoff Hood being a specialist on the subject. This display referred to the development of these British Post Office gems …a lengthy history, with the famous printers De la Rue being the principal contracted partner. Earlier (1712) a ‘newspaper tax’ had been levied to part fund military adventures. 1870 saw the ‘Post Office Act’ with the introduction of postcards and wrappers with printed stamps on them. These early wrappers were printed by letter-press, but were also embossed, such was the Victorian concern over forgery!   ‘Gibraltar’ was the chosen theme by Burt Burton who well illustrated his display with covers and postcards…some with interesting enclosures…including one with naval messages and much personal correspondence sent by a Lt. Commander ..William Camidge (21/3/34) on ‘The Glorious’….to his wife. Taking a very different theme, member Paul Barry presented ‘ ‘Philatelic Material in the Late Victorian Era’. Although a small display, this covered a range of related material…two overprinted stamps supported by Royal Philatelic Society expertised documents, parcel post labels with stamps, including a scarce shade, two revenue stamped Herefordshire documents, a neat Xmas card cover Lymington – Salisbury and a unique cover from South Africa (Boer War postmark) to England bearing the 1/- red and green Victorian stamp.

The next contributor, Gordon Masson, presented ‘Victoria & Victorians’. This depicted the first ‘Christmas’ stamp…that of 1898….which portrayed a world (Victorian) map, having British interests in red. This stamp, together with the majority of others were Canadian. His various sheets viewed different aspects…Victorian founded organisations…..The Red Cross, The National Trust, etc….another ‘Science and Invention’….another ‘Discoveries’….and a fascinating one entitled ‘Development of Culture’….poets, writers, photographers, painters and art forms. Chairman Colin Mount concluded the evening with ‘The Australian 1d Red’ stamp which examined in great detail some of the numerous printing plate varieties…some scarce indeed. These were from the King George V period and explained how so many varieties/shades/watermarks appeared….due to shortages around WWI …all ink having been obtained from Germany and paper from a small mill in Kent… together with rusted steel plates.

In summing up the meeting Colin thanked the contributors ‘for the great variety on display…which makes our hobby and meetings so interesting’.

One of Geoff's Wrappers Another of Geoff's Wrappers, different shades
Bert's Display Wendy's Display
Paul's Display Gordon's Display

Paul Barry, September 2014

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Tuesday 14th October
Poole Philatelic Society visit us

The October meeting of the Ringwood Philatelic Society was hugely popular taking the form of most interesting presentations from members of the Poole Philatelic Society. ‘Transatlantic Mail’ was Brian Cropp’s contribution - a 45 sheet display covering the period from early 1840s onwards. Here was a well written up in-depth study, highlighting different postal rates applied by both GB and USA postal administrations, surcharges, including ‘Late Fees’ (posting after official deadline) and ‘Unpaid’ where no, or insufficient postage was paid. Fabulous Victorian and USA covers were presented…covering numerous sailing routes. Bob Small examined fascinating postal material relating to WWII.   Via stamps, covers, photos and pictures he traced the chronological progress of the conflict…from the invasion of Poland, Russian convoys, Battle of Britain, Dam Busters and the Atomic Bomb… through to V-J Day.

Brian and "Transatlantic Mail" Bob and "World War II Postal History"

 Philately can lend great insight into any theme and the third display provided just that…’Railways and Lakes’…was indeed well covered by Barry Hobbs’…a lesson in South American history, geography and politics, this display examined postal services across land and water, maps, the railway routes taken, the ‘Travelling Post Offices, trains, steamers, covers and postmarks. ‘Airmails of the British Isles’ from 1911 through to the present was the final theme…..presented by David Lockwood. Here was presented a considerable array of supporting material relating to both London and provincial airways…air letters and stamps, first day covers, including flying boat, helicopter and railway air services, (even rocket mail!), brochures of routes and fares, with newspaper cuttings further enhancing the display.

Barry with "Railways and Lakes in South America" David with "Airmails of the British Isles"
One of Brian's fabulous Covers Roosevelt's 4 Freedom Speech Covers

Chairman Colin Mount highly commended these superb contributions,
stating this was indeed…"a most fascinating" philatelic evening.

Paul Barry

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Saturday 18th  October, 2014
Hampshire Federation Convention “HAMPEX”
Wickham Community Centre, Nr. Fareham, Hants

As can be seen from the pictures below, Hampex 2014 was very well attended, with many dealers and visitors coming many miles to enjoy the Exhibition. With 27 Dealers selling a wide range of stamps, postcards, potal history and specialist material, there was a wide choice for those wishing to buy items for their collections and future displays and competitions. A separate hall was available for the Competition Entries, which were on view for everyone to enjoy throughout the day. The announcement of results and prizes took place at 11:45 precisely, though sadly very few attended these presentations.


The busy trading hall

Examining the Competition Entries Presentation of Awards

Chris Wheeler 19 October 2014

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Tuesday 11th November
Visiting Speaker - Christine Earle with
"The Post Office Went to War"


          The November meeting of the Ringwood Philatelic Society hosted a well-timed military theme, looking in depth at various aspects of WWII, with the Post Office’s role closely scrutinized. Specialist speaker, Christine Earle, provided a unique display of frequently scarce and fascinating philatelic material which highlighted the work and influence of the Post Office (the largest UK employer), in this desperate period. Beginning with ‘Mobilisation and Evacuation’, which massively disrupted the lives of millions, the posting of letters took on a new urgency and importance.  ‘Air Raid Precaution', 'the Blitz' and 'the Blackout’ were further themes. The display emphasised that despite this turmoil, the mail, although frequently disrupted or damaged by enemy action, usually got through without excessive delay.

‘Censorship’ was then examined and postal correspondence received huge restrictions. The Post Office played a crucial part in propaganda as it did in ’Salvage and Savings’… a section which highlighted another vital contribution.  ‘Repatriation and Reconstruction’ concluded this fascinating presentation with a focus on ‘Victory’ and new 1946 stamps entitled ‘Peace & Reconstruction’. The display made superb use of stamps, original letters, envelopes (one partially burnt in an air raid), registered mail, telegrams, postcards, official marks and deletions, such as ‘Opened by Censor/Examiner’, printed matter, ration books,  public leaflets, including ‘War Savings Campaign’ and  ‘The Spitfire Fund’, propaganda items (‘Dig for Victory’), photos, newspaper cuttings and black-out samples, Home Guard artefacts and ‘Victory Celebration’ certificates… awarded to all children…signed by the King.

Colin Mount, the Society’s Chairman, was clearly moved by the breadth and depth of the material presented and warmly thanked Christine for her ‘magnificent display…full of great interest’.

The Title Page Christine Displaying Two Billeting Certificates Ration Book
A Censored Letter A Sugar Bag Used Envelope War Damaged Letter Evacuation Return Label


Christine receiving her certificate from Chairman, Colin Mount

Paul Barry

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Tuesday 9th December

Visiting Speaker - Rev Stuart Timbrell
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“Discovering Dorset, Part 8”

Following the most enjoyable talk given by Rev Stuart Timbrell to the Society at the Christmas meeting in 2012, it was a delight to be able to welcome him back again this year to entertain the Club Members with his talk on one of the aspects of Dorset, a County that he continues to research by exploring the buildings, people and heritage of the County, through discussion, visits to historic places, both well known and unknown, and internet research.
Always mischievous in his approach he has unearthed many true stories of intrigue in the County, and this talk “Discovering Dorset Part 8” focused on the Cecil Family from the time of Bosworth Field in 1485, through Henry VIII’s time until the present day, and how through research he had visited many of the historic places where they had lived or had associations with in Dorset through the centuries.  To discover more about how Robert Cecil was involved in the Gunpowder Plot, he joined the Gunpowder and Treason Society to get access to their records, and then resigned!  He found that Robert Cecil had been involved in the setting up of the Plot in order to discredit the Catholics, but then on its discovery he became the “good guy” releasing the names of thirteen ringleaders, thus saving a more detailed investigation and the massacre of many more Catholics.  Through this he also endeared himself to James I, and received benefits as a result.  He went on to talk about the Drax Family, and how they had altered the alignment of the main road and built the longest wall in England to give themselves privacy form the public.  There is a plaque behind the wall just inside the Lion Gate commemorating that achievement.
He talked about the Cecil Family Chapel opposite the Woodland Burial Ground near Lytchet Matravers which he visits, so beautifully maintained, and then to James Hugh Cecil, recently deceased, much respected and whose property he couldn’t get pictures of for his talks, but now with Google, was able to show its magnificence.
  He then went on to tell about his experiences with many talks around Dorset, dropping clangers everywhere by relating the secret misdoings of members of the Dorset Families, not realising that sometimes members of those Families were in the audience, and did not take kindly to being reminded of the facts.  His mother once said of Stuart that “he only ever opens his mouth to change feet”!!
On one occasion he was being interviewed about the trend in the Anglican Church to more modern versions of the Prayer Book, and Liturgy, of which he disapproves being a fan of Cranmer’s more traditional ways, only to be asked what he thought of the new Book of Common Prayer, to which he replied “yes, it is what it says on the cover”!!

Chris Wheeler

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Tuesday 13th January 2015
Mini Displays – Members

          Five displays covered diverse collecting themes. Victorian GB stamps from the 1887 series -’Jubilee Issue’ -were presented first…these formed part of a small parcel-post label collection, an area which until fairly recently ‘was somewhat neglected’ and covered most denominations.  Paul Barry explained some of the characteristics of these labels, including colour/use, originating post office, postmark types and varieties in stamp, their condition and scarcity. He commented on the rich Victorian heritage and shared beautiful Sevres china photo portraits of the Monarch and Prince Albert which enhanced the display.   Geoff Hood shared an interesting study of Persian stamps 1898-1926 which covered a turbulent period, with power succession and unstable economy. Philatelically these issues are ’complex’ with numerous re-prints, invalid originals, Dutch and local (Tehran) print runs and overprints included.

‘The Salvation Army’ was Chris Wheeler’s chosen area, incorporating single stamps, blocks and mini-sheets from around the world….from Antigua – Zaire!  These colourful issues celebrated achievements and special events from 19th /20th centuries in the Army’s astonishing humanitarian history.   ‘Gibraltar’ is member Burt Burton’s ongoing interest. He presented 40 Naval crests depicted in various issues, which are hard to find other than mint or philatelically used on covers. This collection received a greatly detailed write-up and included ship photos, and some censored mail and airmails…all in the period 1938-41. The final display …from Chairman Colin Mount was entitled ‘Australian Forces Postmarks Used Abroad During Wartime’. In this highly informative presentation, numerous letters/covers featured which had been posted from base camps in Egypt, New Guinea, North Borneo and Syria to home addresses in Australia.  The evening concluded with a popular ‘bring & buy’ ….a ‘good start to the year’.

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A hard to find 1/- on a parcel post label Salvation Army freepost in Canada

 

Paul Barry

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Tuesday 10th February 2015
"The Write Stuff" – Wendy Buckle

There can be no doubt, if one wishes to learn about the history of paper making and printing, that philatelist Wendy Buckle has it at her finger-tips!   Postage stamps have an amazing capacity to tell just any story and when skilfully collected, along with themed material, the results can be highly rewarding.  Members of the Society were certainly not disappointed with Wendy Buckle’s quality display. Being a greatly respected member and Past President of the British Thematic Society, Wendy possesses all the skills to create superb presentations…here telling of the worldwide development of paper production and printing. Despite promises of the ‘paperless office’ we still use paper in countless forms and purposes. Through a range of stamps, envelopes, postcards, letters, watermarks, banknotes, newspaper cuttings, diagrams, photocopies and artefacts, including examples of typeset, the developing story of writing materials and printing was examined. Looking first at stone, clay, wood, leaves, and animal skins, the display moved to 100AD with the Chinese invention of paper and its closely guarded 600 year secret.  11th century Europe experimented with various raw materials – linen rags, silk, cotton, jute, flax, hemp and eventually wood pulp. Monasteries with flocks of sheep developed parchment, but it was the industrial revolution which saw real headway with the mechanisation of paper mills and the move from single sheet to huge rolls.

Within the display, various types of paper were presented. Modern themes were considered…recycling and the photographic/electronic challenges to paper use, including microfilm and computers.  In tandem with paper development was the progress of printing with moveable type in the 15th century (German Johann Gutenberg).  Spreading to England in 1476, this knowledge was further developed by William Caxton.  1814 saw ‘The Times’ being produced by the world’s first steam-driven press. Exhibits included examples of lithography and photogravure methods, with typesetting moving from a hand to highly mechanised and now computerised processes.   Wendy concluded the evening, ‘we are all printers now!’

In thanking Wendy, Chairman Colin Mount observed… ‘thanks a million, I’ve never seen the whole display before…quite remarkable!!’  Society members then examined the extensive exhibits and were equally impressed.

Austria miniature sheet using gold foil Stamps featuring Ts'ai Lun, and early printing scenes
Postcard from Levroux, a parchment making town Cover with the Northwick factory image

Paul Barry

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Tuesday 10th March
Annual Competition Night -Traditional, Thematic, Postal History
  also First Timers

While judging took place, the Society’s publicity officer presented a short display entitled ‘New Philatelic Acquisitions’ (GB Victorian) which sought to share the on-going enjoyment of sourcing unusual, scarce or bargain additions to collections through friends, dealers and the internet.  Members were then entertained by a most interesting range of topics for their annual competition night. Taking first place in the ‘traditional class’ and the evening’s overall winner was Wendy Buckle with her very detailed study of Latvian ‘sun’ design stamps. Many were issued, but there is scarcity of used stamps and especially used on cover. Other entries were ‘Persian stamps 1898-26’…definitive and provisional stamps which reflect the turbulent politics of the period and a study of ‘dies’ used in stamp printing. In the ‘postal history’ section with just one entry was Alan Whittaker’s study of Australian pioneers of aviation…’Aerophilately’, which achieved 2nd place. This was a display of very scarce material, mainly covers. The three ‘thematic’ entries saw 2nd and 3rd places going to ‘Salvation Army’ and ‘Panama Canal’ respectively, with the winning entry – ‘U –Boat Campaign’ by Burt Burton. Here the exhibit aimed to demonstrate action in the conflict with German U-boats in the Atlantic and Allied efforts to combat the threat during 1939-43. This was skilfully achieved by stamps, covers and related documents, together with a superb write-up. The meeting concluded with an insightful report from a most experienced judge, John Campbell of the Hampshire Philatelic Federation, who commended excellence and pointed the way for further quality displays.                                           
                                                                                                                                  

Paul starting his display A multi-franked example The Salvation Army entry
The Panama Canal entry Wendy receiving her trophy The silver salver being presented to Alan

                     Paul Barry

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Tuesday 14th April
Norman Hudson from Chester with "Scottish Islands"

Norman Hudson, the speaker at the April meeting of the Ringwood Philatelic Society had travelled from Chester to enthral Members. This was a highly specialised display revealing but a small part of a unique collection amassed over some 35 years. Answering a small ad in the Guardian in 1979, Norman booked into a Scottish island mini-break, not realising that experience would mark the start of a love of the region in general and associated philatelic material in particular. The stunning displays commenced with a large map of the islands of which Norman had visited no less than 54 times!

Part one dealt with 29 islands in the Hebrides, with the second presentation considering the Orkneys and Shetlands. Material on view was far reaching and included picture postcards, stamps, covers and photos of islands and personalities in the period Queen Victoria – QEII. There were letters, burnt mail, studies of island postmarks, luggage labels, whisky related items from Isla, an old ordinance map and a Harris Tweed hat to complete!  Island names evoked feelings of stunning beauty, remoteness and silence, except for where sea winds gusted and the singing of telephone wires were evidenced. Names alone promoted members to seek northern holidays…Islay, Jura, Barra, Mingulay, South & North Uist, Eigg and Rum, Mull, Canna..…!    Where possible, Norman had collected philatelic items of all islands having (had) a post office. To name but a few…the earliest known St Kilda postcard complete with news and postmark; a cover from Foula, pop. 30, the only known from this island to survive; an item from Fairisle -the most isolated, yet populated island; a stamped envelope addressed to the Marchioness of Londonderry (damaged in a ‘Rocket Post’ experiment at Scarp, Harris in 1934!!) and a fabulous 1840 Victorian envelope having a strip of four 2d Blues!!!  Rare, indeed unique…find another one!!  Of great contribution was a strong collection of ‘Thomas Kent’ photographer postcards, and of Shetland, a lovely array of ‘Jack Rutter’ photo cards, covering every aspect of island life.  The sub text to the presentation was of course the dwindling of populations and particularly the closures of post offices, often the life blood of communities. This was an amazing and privileged glimpse into a rare subject, a presentation which would grip any group or society interested in fascinating social and glorious natural history.

Colonsay Postbus Envelope with four 2d blues

Burnt Mail

Norman Hudson receiving his "rewards" from Wendy Buckle

 


Paul Barry

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Tuesday 12th May
Members “One Page” Competition

This meeting boasted the contrasting themes of competition and sell/buy – the former a short one-page competition allowing members to show recent acquisitions, research or interests in the stamp collecting hobby.
The bring-and buy sale which followed, enabled a lively discussion and exchange both of stamps and philatelic material and accessories, as well as keeping up-to-date with colleagues’ progress in our fascinating pastime.
The Competition, judged by the members themselves, concluded with the President’s Cup being awarded to Gordon Masson for his entry entitled “Queen Victoria- Over-printed and Under-charged”. This was a short insight into the price-reducing surcharges of British Empire stamps during that volatile period of our history.

Gordon Masson

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Tuesday 9th June
Guest Speaker from Crewkerne in Somerset with "South Georgia"


            Until the 1992 Falklands Conflict, many people were unaware of South Georgia’s existence, but perhaps philatelists were more informed. At the June meeting, the visiting speaker provided members of the Ringwood Philatelic Society with a highly detailed account of the geography, history and economics of this far flung South Atlantic island, underpinned by superb and frequently scarce/unique philatelic material.  On display were a feast of stamps, covers including letters, lettercards, airmails, informative postcards and a variety of postal items from whalers, sealers, customs, expedition members and tourists (cruise ships), together with business and legal documents. Much of the island’s terrain is inhospitable, but northern areas are flatter having accessible bays with just one community. Early visitors were the whalers and sealers, following on from James Cook’s discovery. As early as December 1909 mail was posted. The then postmaster was both the Magistrate and Shipping Officer! An airmail service was established in 1945 via Montevideo. Initially overprinted Falkland Island stamps were used, later followed by issues of the Falkland Island Dependencies, with South Georgia receiving its own from 1986. The display included a study of postal rates, inland and outgoing mail and a sample of rare registered mail. The utter remoteness of the island has always highlighted the value and excitement surrounding the arrival of mail which in earlier times was the only source of links with the world beyond, apart from limited radio contacts. Of all the exhibits, perhaps the most appealing was a 1936 airmail from the island to Argentina, then on to Europe carried by airship, the Hindenburg  L Z -129…rare indeed!

In thanking the speaker and commending the display to members, Chairman Colin Mount said it had been a privilege to see this incredible presentation.


Chairman, Colin Mount thanking Club Members for their assistance with Ringpex 2015,
with the first half of the Guest Speaker's display in the background

P. Barry

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Tuesday 14th July, 2015
Annual General Meeting

and the Chairman's Guest Entertains
Hugh Jefferies MBE FRPSL "Catalogues"

Ringwood Philatelic Society held its 48th AGM at the July meeting, this being followed by the Presentation of Display Awards and ‘Chairman’s Guest Entertains’ – Mr Hugh Jefferies MBE, FRPSL, until recently ‘Stanley Gibbons Monthly’ and Catalogue Editor. His subject ‘Catalogues’ proved most rewarding. The speaker traced the early development of Edward Stanley Gibbons’ business in Plymouth. In his father’s chemist shop in 1856, Edward began to trade in stamps, the naval context proving to be most lucrative, especially when he bought cheaply (£5) from sailors, two kit-bags full of now most valuable ‘Cape Triangulars’!!!  By 1865 he had established a world-wide price-list service of GB and Empire stamps, the cost being a very competitive ‘one penny’. Business soon expanded, first to Clapham and then to Gower Street. Edward himself had established his famous ‘SG’ numbering system by which every stamp produced is identified. In 1890, such was his success that he sold out to a Chas. Phillips of Birmingham. Catalogues continued to be published, but still under the original ‘Gibbons’ brand name. Shops were opened, ‘SG Stamp Monthly’ launched and catalogues revamped. By the turn of the Century these catalogues were a familiar part of the philatelic landscape. As a longstanding and highly regarded SG Catalogue Editor, (due to receive the MBE for Services to Philately) Hugh was well placed to provide a most comprehensive account of ‘back-room’ catalogue history knowledge, editing decisions and pricings and sometime heavy debate with collectors over contentious exclusions…’catalogues are not perfect’. He presented a range of original catalogues, including the famous SG Simplified in orange cover, first published in 1934. Later to the hobby came the highly successful ‘One Country’ series. Later still, in 1940 came the blue covered ‘World Semi-Specialised’ with an identical one printed in China!!  Numerous other catalogues have since been published. Members were challenged to tell the difference!! He observed that on-line catalogues are emerging but hoped that paper editions will not become an obsolete publishing tradition. Although officially ‘retired’ Hugh continues to advise the SG brand. The meeting concluded with a very lengthy question & answer session, such was the interest generated. Chairman Colin Mount warmly thanked Hugh for ‘a most fascinating, informative and interesting evening’.

Wendy receiving her Certificate for her entry "Sun Design of Latvia" Alan receiving his Certificate Bert receiving his Certificate for "The U-Boat War in The North Atlantic 1939-1943"
Gordon receiving his Certificate for winning the One-Page Competition Chris receiving his Certificate for Services to our Society Bert and Wendy receiving the winners Inter-Club Shield
1862 Mount Brown Catalogue Cover 1862 Mount Brown Catalogue Title Page Stanley Gibbons 1940 Whole World Catalogue

Paul Barry

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Tuesday 9th June
Guest Speaker from Crewkerne in Somerset with "South Georgia"


            Until the 1992 Falklands Conflict, many people were unaware of South Georgia’s existence, but perhaps philatelists were more informed. At the June meeting, the visiting speaker provided members of the Ringwood Philatelic Society with a highly detailed account of the geography, history and economics of this far flung South Atlantic island, underpinned by superb and frequently scarce/unique philatelic material.  On display were a feast of stamps, covers including letters, lettercards, airmails, informative postcards and a variety of postal items from whalers, sealers, customs, expedition members and tourists (cruise ships), together with business and legal documents. Much of the island’s terrain is inhospitable, but northern areas are flatter having accessible bays with just one community. Early visitors were the whalers and sealers, following on from James Cook’s discovery. As early as December 1909 mail was posted. The then postmaster was both the Magistrate and Shipping Officer! An airmail service was established in 1945 via Montevideo. Initially overprinted Falkland Island stamps were used, later followed by issues of the Falkland Island Dependencies, with South Georgia receiving its own from 1986. The display included a study of postal rates, inland and outgoing mail and a sample of rare registered mail. The utter remoteness of the island has always highlighted the value and excitement surrounding the arrival of mail which in earlier times was the only source of links with the world beyond, apart from limited radio contacts. Of all the exhibits, perhaps the most appealing was a 1936 airmail from the island to Argentina, then on to Europe carried by airship, the Hindenburg  L Z -129…rare indeed!

In thanking the speaker and commending the display to members, Chairman Colin Mount said it had been a privilege to see this incredible presentation.


Chairman, Colin Mount thanking Club Members for their assistance with Ringpex 2015,
with the first half of the Guest Speaker's display in the background

P. Barry

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Tuesday 14th July, 2015
Annual General Meeting
and the Chairman's Guest Entertains
Hugh Jefferies MBE FRPSL "Catalogues"

Ringwood Philatelic Society held its 48th AGM at the July meeting, this being followed by the Presentation of Display Awards and ‘Chairman’s Guest Entertains’ – Mr Hugh Jefferies MBE, FRPSL, until recently ‘Stanley Gibbons Monthly’ and Catalogue Editor. His subject ‘Catalogues’ proved most rewarding. The speaker traced the early development of Edward Stanley Gibbons’ business in Plymouth. In his father’s chemist shop in 1856, Edward began to trade in stamps, the naval context proving to be most lucrative, especially when he bought cheaply (£5) from sailors, two kit-bags full of now most valuable ‘Cape Triangulars’!!!  By 1865 he had established a world-wide price-list service of GB and Empire stamps, the cost being a very competitive ‘one penny’. Business soon expanded, first to Clapham and then to Gower Street. Edward himself had established his famous ‘SG’ numbering system by which every stamp produced is identified. In 1890, such was his success that he sold out to a Chas. Phillips of Birmingham. Catalogues continued to be published, but still under the original ‘Gibbons’ brand name. Shops were opened, ‘SG Stamp Monthly’ launched and catalogues revamped. By the turn of the Century these catalogues were a familiar part of the philatelic landscape. As a longstanding and highly regarded SG Catalogue Editor, (due to receive the MBE for Services to Philately) Hugh was well placed to provide a most comprehensive account of ‘back-room’ catalogue history knowledge, editing decisions and pricings and sometime heavy debate with collectors over contentious exclusions…’catalogues are not perfect’. He presented a range of original catalogues, including the famous SG Simplified in orange cover, first published in 1934. Later to the hobby came the highly successful ‘One Country’ series. Later still, in 1940 came the blue covered ‘World Semi-Specialised’ with an identical one printed in China!!  Numerous other catalogues have since been published. Members were challenged to tell the difference!! He observed that on-line catalogues are emerging but hoped that paper editions will not become an obsolete publishing tradition. Although officially ‘retired’ Hugh continues to advise the SG brand. The meeting concluded with a very lengthy question & answer session, such was the interest generated. Chairman Colin Mount warmly thanked Hugh for ‘a most fascinating, informative and interesting evening’.

Wendy receiving her Certificate for her entry "Sun Design of Latvia" Alan receiving his Certificate Bert receiving his Certificate for "The U-Boat War in The North Atlantic 1939-1943"
Gordon receiving his Certificate for winning the One-Page Competition Chris receiving his Certificate for Services to our Society Bert and Wendy receiving the winners Inter-Club Shield
1862 Mount Brown Catalogue Cover 1862 Mount Brown Catalogue Title Page Stanley Gibbons 1940 Whole World Catalogue

Paul Barry

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Tuesday 8th September, 2015
Members Evening, 5 Sheets using the letters A, B or C

Seven members contributed to the evening with displays on a wide variety of topics, making an enjoyable start to the new Club Year.  Wendy Buckle commenced with Cancels on Latvian military and field post mail from World War I, much of it under German Occupation, all Censored.  Civilian mail used German overprinted stamps.  She explained that during this period no mail was delivered, everyone had to go to the post office to ask if there was any mail for them.  Examples of the use of dumb cancels in 1917 were illustrated. Gordon Mason followed with an expansive display of the stamps of each of the Australian States during the period from 1901 to 1913, with a very interesting commentary on their design and longevity.  He explained that this display represented the progress he is making on his collecting theme.
Chris Wheeler chose Azerbaijan for his display, beginning with the first issue of ten stamps in 1919, during its first very brief period of independence from the Russian Empire. The Bogus Issue of 1920, and the Famine Relief of 1921 were displayed.  In 1991 following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Azerbaijan regained its independence and a variety of issues up to 2015 were included in the display.  Colin Mount ended the first half of the evening with five sheets from his Australian Penny Red collection, some rare plate proofs, rusty clichés, and bisects being included.
Paul Dumsday displayed five sheets on various topics: a block of four 1/- kangaroos from Australia;  a South Australia letter On Service; a four value set of Victoria On Service from Ceylon; a postcard with postmark of the Congo Caves from the Cape of Good Hope and finally the set of six unissued Barbuda & Antigua 1981 stamps featuring Albrect Durer.  Maritime Mail and some Censored covers from Gibraltar featuring a range of Cruisers on which it was carried, was Bert Burton’s theme.  The period covered was from 1899 to 1917.  Finally, John Davis displayed an extract from his huge collection Innovative Ways of Delivering the Mail, by selecting examples such as Adam (the first message), Barrel mail, Bathascape mail, Bicycle mail, Cadillac mail and Cat mail (from Belgium).

Dumb cancel KD Feldpost, 1917 South Australia definitives Australia Penny Red bisect
Congo Caves, Cape of Good Hope Maritime Mail, carried by a Cruiser Adam, the first message sender
Azerbaijan, 80th Anniversary sheet Azerbaijan, error - missing country name

 

Chris Wheeler

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Tuesday 13th October
Guest Speaker - Gavin Fryer RDP, FRSPL with "Victorian Junk Mail"

Ringwood Philatelic Society members greatly enjoyed a deep rummage through ‘Victorian Junk Mail’ at their October meeting – but sadly were not allowed to keep their finds!! This was an exquisite philatelic display by visiting speaker Gavin Fryer, RDP FRPSL which traced the development of different types of mail. Such historical items included official documents –tax notes, court summons, election publicity – Parliamentary wrappers, voting papers, proceedings and petitions, registration fees, the huge area of newspapers and cuttings and a rich variety of advertising mail - charities’ printed circulars, printers’ patterns, paper samples, race course events, book post items, letters, envelopes and of course stamps. Numerous penny blacks and reds and two-pence blues were in evidence, all on cover. A considerable focus was concerned with the complex postal rates of the period. While the emphasis was on the Victorian era, the speaker mentioned the period Queen Anne to the early 20th century. This was a highly detailed, superbly written up unique collection of philatelic documents, eloquently presented. Although regarded as ‘junk’ after their purpose was expended, today such items present as often scarce or unique and frequently of considerable value.  In concluding and thanking the speaker, Chairman Colin Mount stated, ‘I think you will agree this display puts a new slant on ‘junk mail’, this has been an extremely interesting and fascinating evening’.

Ireland Charity Mail with a Symbol instead of a Stamp Undelivered Court Summons, Returned to Sender 8d orange on a Label attached to Book Post for an item weighing up to 32oz
Letter and Cover sent to Despatching Postmaster of Office asking for payment for deficient postage amount Sheet Music sent at Book Post rate Post Magazine sent at concessionary rate
Carlisle County Gaol: Rules for Prisoners sending Mail, 1854 Gavin Fryer being thanked by Colin Mount

Paul Barry

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Tuesday 10th November
Guest Speaker - Bob Small from Colehill with "Napoleonic War Mail" and "Battle for Britain"

To deal efficiently with one vast historical subject in less than two hours was some feat, but to address a second was hugely memorable. At their November meeting Ringwood Philatelic Society members welcomed specialist Bob Small to present the topic ‘Napoleonic War Mail’, followed by ‘The Battle for Britain’. In the case of Napoleonic material, the speaker had begun his collection some 40 years previously, when such philatelic material was more easily tracked down and less costly. The display was substantial, very well written-up and frequently revealed scarce, unique items. Covering the period 1793-1815, members were provided a considerable insight into the series of wars fought between France and a number of European countries, including GB. Original newspaper cuttings from ‘The Newcastle Chronicle’, ‘The Times’, ‘The Globe' and others, strongly supported the philatelic content, including envelopes, letters –some military maps, routes for mail, charges levied, pictures and photographic images. This was a most complex historical episode involving personalities, politics and battles and the correspondence presented provided graphic reading.

After the break, ‘Battle for Britain’ focussed on this momentous historical episode, beginning in 1940 with Dunkirk and riveting quotations from speeches by Churchill (‘the Few’) and Air Chief Marshall Dowding, through to Hitler’s invasion of Russia, Pearl Harbour, ‘Bismarck’, ‘Graf Spei’, the U-Boat and V-1/2 menaces. The display included stamps, covers and letters from the period, together with maps and modern philatelic items such as mini-sheets and special commemorative covers.
The two presentations were superbly aided by the speaker’s most informative style.

Chairman Colin Mount in thanking Bob Small stated that the Members had enjoyed a brilliant historical tour, supported by ‘wonderful stories’ and fascinating philatelic material.

Ship Letters with Portsmouth Marks Pearl Harbour Map Chairman Colin Mount thanking Bob Small


PAUL BARRY

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Tuesday 8th December 2015
Guest Speaker - Rev Stewart Timbrell

Another delightful and entertaining evening was enjoyed by Club Members as Rev Stewart Timbrell related intriguing stories about his life as a chaplain to the psychiatric services, some of his great frustrations as he fought against many adverse changes in these services due to political reasons, but detrimental to the patients describing some of the harmful actions.
He related stories of the Cecil, and in particular the Portman families over the centuries, with some intriguing tales of their exploits.  The story of Bryanston School was told, and of its construction, as well as the self-contained chapel there which was built of the Portland stone stolen from the quarry and intended to be used for the House, before it was sold and became a school.  Lord Portman was trying to appease his troublesome wife by building this stunning property for her, but it seemed when she first saw it she was disgusted.  After discussion with the architect a massive extension was built at the back, which then became the front with famous landscape gardeners setting it off beautifully!
He related how there were many occasions when he was chased away for trespassing on the private land of the rich and famous to get photos of their houses and buildings for his research.  On one occasion, he explained, it was probably not a good idea to go as a single man wearing his dog collar to be found in the bushes with his camera on a tripod in the private property of a boy’s school!
His illustrated and jovial talk was followed by a social, celebrating another successful philatelic year.

Colin introducing Rev Stewart Timbrell Pouring the Drinks Drawing the Raffle

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Tuesday 12th January 2016
Members Evening with mini displays

The evening provided a good opportunity for Members to share interesting aspects of their collections or their latest acquisitions.
The first display was of a fascinating cover dating from the 2nd World War. This local item had a back story…because of the devastation being caused by Battle of Britain activity, the GPO established Ringwood as the distribution centre for New Forest deliveries, in place of Southampton. This cover was posted ‘South Cave, Yorkshire’ and diverted 10th September 1940, to Ringwood for Brockenhurst delivery. (In manuscript marked… ‘Out of Course and delayed owing to Air Raids’). The second contribution was a considerably detailed study of King George V GB Jubilee stamps (1935). The design is something of a classic now and has numerous varieties, such as flaws, watermarks and marginal printing control numbers. Not in the collection and of great scarcity is the two and a half-pence ‘Prussian Blue’ a major gem in philately…check your copies for this amazing shade!! Few postal items can be found postmarked ‘Fanning Island’ but members this evening were able to appreciate such an envelope with a pair of one penny King George VI Gilbert & Ellis stamps, addressed to Westcliff on Sea, Essex.

On a very different theme were ‘Horizon Labels’. A label from each of the 125 post offices in Great Britain was displayed. These are under-collected, some hard to find, GB large size parcel post adhesives currently issued by main post offices. They are over-printed to identify the office number, date, amount in cash and purpose. (eg A=Airmail, 1L=1stClass Large). The final contribution was a superbly written-up 15 sheet display on ‘Historic Libraries’.  Enhancing the subject were stamps, postcards, pictures/prints and line drawings. Religious libraries, (including chained and monasteries), circulating and public libraries were presented, culminating in Carnegie Libraries.

The meeting concluded with a busy ‘Bring and Buy’ session and a lively philatelic exchange of information, fairs to attend and forthcoming regional and postal auctions. Chairman Colin Mount thanked the display contributors ‘for a most interesting evening, an excellent start to the year’.

Ringwood Delayed by Air Raid Cover Detail on the Ringwood Cover Cover from Fanning Island
Horizon Labels from every GB Post Office Vatican Library miniature sheet Selection of red Silver Jubilee variants

Paul Barry

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Tuesday 9th February 2016
Wendy Buckle and Chris Wheeler with
"Buying and Selling Philatelic Material On-line"

Many stamp collectors will clearly recall distant days wheeling and dealing on the school playground, in some cases adding considerably to pocket money or occasionally acquiring a bargain via some fellow urchin’s elderly aunt or grandfather or a child’s lost interest!! Ah well!! For years keen philatelists have discovered the best means of enhancing collections or releasing items for sale...dealers being a principal port of call. The internet now provides philatelists with countless global opportunities for studying or sourcing/selling material, but not all collectors are familiar with purchasing in this manner...still less the whole world of selling on the net. It was then a most suitable and timely moment to include expert advice in Ringwood’s programme of events. The February meeting of the Philatelic Society was well attended and members greatly appreciated the evening’s presentation, ‘Buying and Selling Philatelic Material On-Line’. Chris Wheeler provided a much informed presentation on ‘Buying’  -which coved all essential aspects from how to register on E-Bay, Pay-Pal registration, sourcing stamps and related philatelic material and principles of managing auction sites, including timing of bidding, currency and means/timing of payments. Useful take-home handouts were available to guide members in the processes involved and sequences to adopt when making purchases or achieving sales on computer.
It quickly became clear that ‘buying’ on-line is a far less complicated process than that of ‘selling’!  In the second half of the evening, speaker Wendy Buckle provided clear instructions and advice based on some years of successful trading. A scanner for sound accurate images is an essential tool, not a camera. Setting up an auction is a good system but takes longer to set up. Pay-Pal was recommended as secrecy of accounts needs to be maintained. There is a need to work out post/packing and returns policies. Wendy questioned if members would sell world-wide…clear advantages were noted. She pointed to good practice by reminding that as a buyer, one knows what works well. Precise search terms are essential. Scan the back as well as the front of material and on black backgrounds. There was a need to set realistic prices.  7 to 10 days auction exposure was seen to be worthwhile. Automatic re-listing’ is a well worthwhile free choice. Other tips included …keep proof of postage, (Pay-Pal will honour), elect for ‘feedback’, how to deal with unfair feedback, and do post within the specified period. It was reassuring to hear that once options are set up, the system remembers choices made for next time! Both speakers encouraged members not to shrink back, but ‘have a go’.  
In concluding, Chairman Colin Mount warmly appreciated the presentations and stated ...’for those who are not technics –it’s all a bit scary…thank you both very much, this has been really helpful’.

Members reading the coloured version of the handouts

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Tuesday 8th March 2016
Annual Competition Evening

This was Ringwood Philatelic Society’s Annual Competition Night which saw, in Judge John Campbell’s words, ‘a good standard of entry’. Various themes featured…the winner in the Postal History Class was Alan Whittaker with his study of ‘Keith Allison Virtue MBE, the Pioneer Australian Aviator’. (Alan was the overall winner too). Also within this class was his ‘Aero Philately…Airmails Down Under’, 1919-39.  Colin Mount provided his fascinating ‘Ringwood Post’…a local Victorian study and Wendy Buckle followed with ‘German Field Post in Latvia during WW1’. Chris Wheeler won the Thematic Class with ‘The Story of the Panama Canal’…although strongly challenged by John Davis with ‘The Volcanic Eruption of Niuafo’ou in 1946’. The Traditional Class saw Colin Mount’s study - ‘Australian Baron Series’…a presentation which considered the stamp designer’s work. Displays were skilfully designed and were supported by not only stamps, but covers, postmarks and watermarks, historical research, newspaper cuttings, photos, documents…and in some cases unique or scarce philatelic material.

This was one of the Society’s most interesting and well supported meetings.

Traditional  
  The Australian Baron Series
Postal History  
  German Field Post in Latvia
  Kieth Allison Virtue During World War I
  Ringwood Post
  Airmail Down Under
Thematic  
  The Story of the Panama Canal
  The Volcanic Eruption of Niuafo'ou in 1946
First Timers  
  No Entries
Judge John Campbell The Ringwood Post Entry
1797 Free Post Letter, from Ringwood to London, endorsed by Sir William House MP Replica of the First Aerial Post Stamp, 1919 Alan Whittaker receiving the Overall Winner Trophy from Chairman Colin Mount

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Friday 1st April 2016
Club Displays given to Bridport Stamp Club

Four members of the Ringwood Philatelic Society put up displays during the evening, which was attended by 23 Club members.  The evening opened with John Davis presenting 42 sheets of material from his Stampex award-winning entry on the “Tin Can Mail of Niuafo'ou Island, Tonga”.  A detailed description of the 101 years history of this unique service was given with an array of scarce examples of the mail carried by the swimmers and canoeists of the Island.  A range of cachets used on the mail from 1930, when Walter Quensell’s imagination popularised the tin can mail service to the world at large, and two examples of the unique Carl Louis watercolourist’s hand-painted covers sent from his home in Japan for onward transmission were featured.  The island was evacuated in 1946 after the volcanic eruption and resettled in 1958, when the service continued until the airstrip was constructed in 1983.  Chris Wheeler followed with “World of FRAMA labels”, by putting up 50 sheets illustrating the development and use of these labels in 43 countries from around the world.  These have now mainly been replaced by Post & Go labels.  Many of the FRAMA labels were quite plain, others very colourful.  The labels were of variable amounts and the public could obtain them from machines in post offices to relieve pressure on counter staff. The Post & Go labels are for fixed values.

After the break, Colin Mount displayed “Ringwood Post”, a wide selection of postal material on 40 sheets, featuring the postal history of the town of Ringwood which was a horse changing point for the mail routes to Poole and Salisbury.  A wide range of post marks, some very rare, were displayed, also Parliamentary and Free post.  Duplex, squared circle and other cancellations were shown, and also the incorrect use of the “120” cancellation, belonging to Bridgend, which continued from 1849 to 1874.  Cancellations on mail from post offices in the area were shown, and special postmarks, Ringwood slogans, registered post and to pay examples were displayed.  He closed with an example from Ringwood, Australia – a miniature sheet produced by the Ringwood and District Philatelic Society on the occasion of their 40th Anniversary in 1992.  The fourth presentation was “Medieval Illustrated Manuscripts”, which Wendy Buckle described.  A most colourful display of stamps and postal material on 50 sheets featuring the history of this art form was displayed.  An explanation of how the manuscripts were designed, prepared and executed, together with the sourcing of the inks and other material needed, the progression from scrolls on vellum to bound books on parchment was described.  Examples from psalters, hymnals, missions, bible illustrations, and books of hours, and non religious works such as the Magna Carta, poetry and legal works were all explained.

Waterproof Tin Can Container for carrying the Mail Cover posted to Walter Quensell, an example of mail carried into the Island
The Straight Ringwood Postmark of 1797, on letter to Salisbury with 5d rate An example of a cover from Ringwood with the Bridgend "120" cancellation code 1992 Ringwood, Victoria, Australia - Philatelic Society's 40th Anniversary commemorative miniature sheet
1984 cover from Austria to England with "illuminated initial" cancellation French stamp with detail from the Traite D'Andelot manuscript
1985 cover with valid Frama labels, but incorrect To Pay instruction Three Taiwan Frama labels on cover 2007 Frama label from Japan

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Tuesday 12th April 2016
Club Displays given by Bridport Stamp Club

The Club’s two speakers were warmly welcomed by Ringwood Members, who proceeded to enjoy most interesting presentations. Brian Hunt presented ‘Falkland Islands’ and began with a brief geographic outline, assisted by a 1982 ‘battle map’. He then displayed a range of Victorian stamps, commencing with the first issued - 1st August, 1861. This was a detailed study of first early, and then the later stamp issues, mainly mint with various printings, different watermarks, papers, perforations, shades, overprinted ‘War Tax’ issues and mini-sheets. Airmail rates were considered along with various designers, printers and the considerable range of beautiful QEII stamps, of which the speaker strongly felt there had been poor post office judgement in promoting too many issues.

The second speaker, Bernard Paull presented ‘Alfa Romeo –Rhapsody in Red –the First 100 Years’. This input was not just a treat for philatelists but for the entire Alfa marque following!! The display consisted of documents, correspondence; magazine articles and extracts, stamps, covers, postcards, cigarette cards, and models. Bernard provided an interesting insight into the company’s history, including 1930s development, the racing programme and Hitler’s humiliation with an Alfa victory in the 1936 Coppa Ciano Race, in the shape of the recently UK auctioned 80-35, and other motorsport achievements, including Italian Grand Prix wins. The 1950s/60s saw the re-emergence of car production, commercial vehicles and racing involvements and further progression. The speakers were much appreciated by Chairman Colin Mount, who invited members to study the superb displays.

"Black Frank on piece from about 1869 1913 cover from Falkland Islands to Birmingham 1971 decimalisation overprint
Registered cover to Alpha Romeo, 1942 with receiving marks Argentina commemorative cover, for Alpha Romeo driver, Fangio Mian postmark, 1910, the year Alpha Romeo was founded
Two value strip, with label, commemorating Alpha Romeo's Centenary in 2010

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Tuesday 10th May 2016
Members “One Page” Competition

This completion saw just seven entries, but quality and interest were much in evidence. The event required members themselves to do the voting, but as in the rules, they were not allowed to self-vote!! Subjects ranged from general themes, as in the case of ‘Bridges over the Grand Canal’, featuring in particular the ‘Ponte di Rialto’, to highly technical -‘Various Positions of dots in the Maltese Cross Cancellation’, a study of aspects of postmarks on GB Victorian penny-red stamps. The historically challenging subject ‘Deplored Explorer –Capt. James Cook (1728-1779)’ gave rise to considerations of the damaging effects of European culture and health issues on native populations. A fascinating display looked at ‘Postmen with Transport –Various Types of Boat’. Here were included stamps depicting a Solomon Islands’ cruise launch, Equatorial Guinea’s canoes, a galley used by the Indonesian Republic and a Falkland Islands’ schooner…and numerous others. Some stamps are rare/scarce because of printing inaccuracies resulting in official stock recall. An example was available within the competition, that of ‘The recalled UNESCO Dinosaur Provincial Park Stamp, Canada 2015. Such a stamp was exhibited alongside the re-printed, reinstated example. ‘The 150th Penny Black Anniversary’ and a postal service where mail coaches, camel post and a Russian courier from the Middle Ages were presented. The final entry and overall winner was member Paul Barry’s ‘New Acquisitions –GB Queen Victoria 1887 Jubilee Issue’, who was awarded the ‘President’s Cup’ by the Society’s Chairman Colin Mount. This entry included 1/- green stamps, the 6d. purple/rose on a Wareham parcel-post label and a beautiful advertising envelope promoting the talents and services of a German art design company operating in the latter part of the 19th Century. The competition was much enhanced by a range of supporting material…stamps mint and used, mini-sheets, covers, photos, drawings, maps, good write-ups and quality presentation.

The seven competition entries
The winning entry with 16 points The runner-up with 15 points Paul Barry receiving the Winner's Trophy from the Colin Mount, Club Chairman

(Paul Barry)

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Saturday 4th June
“RINGPEX 2016”

The main event in the Society’s calendar is RINGPEX and this stamp and postcard fair was again greatly popular. The venue - Greyfriars Community Centre at Ringwood is ideal as it provides two modern halls and a foyer for lively trading, together with a friendly volunteer kitchen team providing the famous ‘Ringpex’ bacon rolls and hotdogs!! The highlight of the day was the Society’s Raffle, with superb prizes…the first prize being a wonderful Penny Black kindly sponsored by local GB specialist dealer Peter Mollett…this year being won by a Wimborne philatelist. Numerous other prizes were generously donated by Stanley Gibbons.

This is always a popular event with dealers, some who travel considerable distances and appreciate the Society’s porterage help… and of course with collectors who regard ‘Ringpex’ as a major diary date, providing excellent opportunities for discovering elusive material.

(Paul Barry)

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Tuesday 14th June
Guest Speaker - Bill Pipe from Poole with "Dorset Postal History"

Although, as Chairman Colin Mount stated in his opening welcome, ‘we all know Bill Pipe’, his subject ‘Dorset Postal History’ proved to be somewhat obscure. Postal history emanating from such a rural county from the period 1606 through to the Victorian era (and beyond) was bound to be affected. Bill referred to ‘a fairly illiterate county of sea farers and labourers’. Trade was centred mainly on Poole and Weymouth, with Bridport, Lyme, Blandford, Shaftesbury and Sherborne playing smaller roles. The earliest cover presented, was coach sent being dated 23rd June, 1606 - Winterbourne to Baynards Castle (Surrey). Early letters were in the display, one written 4 months after Cromwell’s death. The earliest postmark presented was 1726. There was a predominance of naval and agricultural mail. The majority of postal gems were from 1840 onwards. A lovely orange Maltese cross cancel (Corfe Castle) on a penny black was enjoyed, together with a cover to London bearing a superb strip of 4 penny blacks –plate 4 AI to AL –the entire having 4 red Maltese cross obliterators, dated 16-10-40, Poole.  Other penny blacks followed together with an abundance of two-penny blues and penny reds and numerous later issues, many with interesting cancels –registered, late-use, numeral, thimble, cds and inspector cancels. One cover catching the eye was bound for ‘Marnhall’, (Marnhull) being cancelled ‘Blandford’ –Ap. 4. 59 with code letter ‘C’.

The second half of Bill’s presentation was equally rewarding. Here there were early ship mail, Mulreadys, railway cancels (a love of Bill’s), Dorset Regiment, wreck and strike post mail. Of particular note was a superb unique Victorian Twynham (the dead village thanks to the Military) parcel post label, (find another one!!) The riveting evening drew to an end when Publicity Officer Paul Barry was called upon to provide the vote of thanks. He paid great tribute to this ‘Aladdin’s cave of treasure with all its rich variety and rarity’. In concluding, he highlighted a selection of the wonderful rural Dorset post office names which had featured, such as Blandford St Mary, Hinton Martell, Long Bredy, Marnhull, Nottington and Punchnoll. Thanks Bill.

23 June 1606 cover from Winterbourne Abbas to Baynards Castle, Surrey Fifth Clause Post from Castle Cary to Dorchester, 1826 Penny Post Cancel on Wrapper from Wimborne, 1839
Dorchest to Hong Kong with squared circle cancels on four values Wimborne Temporary Skeleton cancel on 1844 cover with Poole Receiving Mark Last Day Cover for use of 128 cancel from Beaminster
LNWR Railway Letter 2d Stamp on Mourning Cover to West Moors Flying Boat Service from Las Palmas to Poole Airport, 1944 Cover to London from Dorchester, marked with label re Snail Damage in Postbox

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Tuesday 12th July 2016
49th Annual General Meeting and the Chairman's Guest Entertains
Hugh Jeffries MBE FRPSL "The Life and Times of Stanley Gibbons"

No one could be better placed to entertain on this subject than Member Hugh Jefferies. Until recently Hugh has been Editor of Gibbons Stamp Monthly and has overseen the collection of numerous artefacts connected to the life and times of this most prominent international stamp dealer. Hugh gave a highly detailed and entertaining presentation relating to the professional and more private life of this fascinating character. This illuminating account threw light, not so much on the Company, but on the Man.  Stanley was born in 1840, the ‘Penny Black’  year, the 5th child of a Portsmouth dispensing chemist. At 15 he went to work as a junior clerk in ‘the Naval Bank’. Being responsible for mail, he developed an interest in postage stamps from around the world and as his expertise grew, in 1853 his father provided a small counter space at the back of the shop to trade in stamps, the collection of which was becoming a major Victorian hobby. Soon Stanley had a brisk business running with a good source of material being via the city’s naval connections. The legendary story of the ‘Cape Triangulars’’ was retold, whereby in 1863 two seamen emptied a couple of sacks of these now iconic stamps onto the shop floor which Stanley promptly purchased for a small figure! Advertising and mail order developed, cheap packets being popular. A move to London was well timed, however the (saucy?) mix of office girls arriving for work at the suburban Clapham address, followed soon afterwards by wealthy men to see Mr Gibbons did not suit the neighbours too well! A move to Gower Street was then to be overtaken by the establishment at the famous address -391 The Strand.  At age 50, he sold his business and led the rich life, having it is believed, numerous ladies in tow!!  Another part of Stanley’s ‘secret life’ were his marriages, 5 in all, with number 6 being lined up just before his death!  Visits in ‘company’ to the Savoy, opposite 391 were apparent, his final visit (1913) resulted in a heart attack, whereupon the managers of this top hotel and of Stanley Gibbons together arranged for his body to be rolled up in a carpet and quietly removed to a modest address nearby to avoid unwelcome publicity!!

Chairman Colin Mount and Members were most appreciative of Hugh’s rich presentation, which included much ‘insider’ knowledge and unique archive ‘scrapbook’ material…brilliant!!

The AGM about to start Colin receiving the bouquet Rowan with his Lifetime Award
Treville Street where Stanley was born and started his stamp business Extract from Stanley's Birth Certificate Stanley as a Young Man The sailors unloading the sack of Cape Triangulars

(Paul Barry)

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Programme 2016 - 2017

Saturday 10th September
Poole Fair - Upton Community Centre, Poole

Tuesday 13th September
Members Evening with a maximum 15 sheets from members using the letters
D, E & F, plus members bring and buy

Tuesday 11th October
Guest Speaker - Christine Earle FRPSL from Surrey with “Open Philately”

Saturday  15th October
"HAMPEX" - Wickham Community Centre Nr Fareham
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Tuesday 8th November
Guest Speaker - John Davis from Highcliffe with "Tin Can Mail"

Tuesday 13th December
Our Christmas meeting with a fun quiz.  Sherry and mince pies. Partners welcome and members are invited to contribute
by bringing along some Christmas fare. (Please note there is no speaker this evening).


2017
Tuesday 10th January
Members Evening with Mini Displays plus a Bring & Buy

Tuesday 14th February

Guest Speaker - Colin Baker from Warminster with "British East Africa, its Postal History,
Postal  Stationery and Stamps up to Independence"

Tuesday 14th March

Annual Competition Night - Traditional, Thematic & Postal History
also “First Timers” and a Bring & Buy

Saturday 8th April
Ferndown & West Moors Stamp & Postcard Fair, Inter-Society Competition

Tuesday 11th April
Guest Speaker - Michael Elliott FRPSL  from Sussex with “Finland at War”

Tuesday 9th May
Members One Page competition and Bring & Buy

Saturday 3rd June
"RINGPEX 2017"
  Our own Stamp & Postcard Fair
at Greyfriars Community Centre - open 10am to 4pm

Tuesday 13th June

Guest Speaker - Malcolm Price from Sussex with
"Australian Forces in Northern Territory during WW II and their subsequent involvement with the BCOF in Japan"

Tuesday 11h July
50th Annual General Meeting followed by
"A Look at Pillar Boxes" by Rowan Brockenhurst, our immediate Past President

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Tuesday 13th September
Members Evening with a maximum 15 sheets using the letters
D, E &F

Eight Members displayed on a wide variety of topics in this, the first meeting of the Society’s year.  Presentations focussed on the letters ‘D, E and F’ in the title.  Paul Dumsday had selected stamps from such countries as the Dominican Republic, Eire and the Falkland Islands, incorporating both old and new issues, mint, used and covers.  Bert Burton’s displays were well researched and written up topics under ‘Gibraltar’ – all having naval connections. HMS Dwarf (1898-1916) featured strongly, underpinned by
stamps, postcards and photos.  ‘EUROPA’ was Chris Wheeler’s study and here Members learnt that numerous issues had been produced. Although not written up, the presentation was most informative and conveyed very colourful images with superb
stamp design. Of particular attraction were issues from Cyprus, Latvia and Isle of Man. David Etchells provided an excellent focus on ‘D’…for ‘Disability of Blindness’ via a superb literary and verbal commentary, combined with a wonderful range of stamps
which very successfully traced in brief, the story of deafness. They spanned the period 1921 to the modern era and depicted white sticks, guide dogs and German Shepherd dogs. The work of Louis Braille featured along with sections on eye diseases and
diabetes. Famous ophthalmologists were examined along with the renowned local specialist Harold Ridley of Salisbury.

‘The Federation of Australian States’ (1901-1913) was a thoroughly researched subject by Gordon Masson. Using a digital microscope, he demonstrated clear images of early issue Victorian stamps together with insightful commentary. Postage rates and overprints were a particular focus. Wendy Buckle shared a high quality display tracing the development of handmade paper through to machine generated. A particular element dealt with the importance of the Victorian paper maker John Dickenson. The presentation contained postcards, covers, embossed envelopes, articles, photos and an aerogramme, together with antique paper sample books. Colin Mount made a strong technical contribution with his 50 year personal study of Australian 1d red KGV stamps. ‘E’ for Errors was his specialised consideration,
covering perforations and flaws. ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ was Paul Barry’s topic. Here were presented mainly mint copies of the GB 1887 ‘Jubilee’ stamps, together with various covers having international destinations. This most colourful set was the
Victorian Post Office’s response to the much criticised previous dull ‘green and lilac’ issue.

Wearing his newly acquired ‘Chairman’s hat’, Paul commended Members for their participation in ‘a fascinating evening’ and commended the magnificent displays for close scrutiny.

stamps depicting use of the white stick cataract disease on stamp from Nepal diabetes detection on stamp from Austria United Nations stamp featuring the use of Braille
 
cover sent from a crew member on HMS Formidable cover sent from a naval officer based in Gibraltar a John Dickinson produced embossed stamp on envelope Lake Marion on Tasmania stamp, part of the Empire

(Paul Barry)

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Tuesday 11th October
Guest Speaker - Christine Earle FRPSL from Surrey with “Open Philately”


          Members of Ringwood Philatelic Society were greatly entertained at their October meeting with a fascinating presentation by international judge, Christine Earle. Her subject ‘Open Philately’ described a collecting/display method in which stamps and associated philatelic material are incorporated into an exhibit together with other items such as maps, photos, posters, official notices, newspaper cuttings, plus 3-D items such as badges, ration books and coins. Christine brought her subject to life by sharing a section of one of her own exhibits which dealt with ‘World War II Britain’. Here the rules of ‘Open Philately’ were in evidence with firstly the subject being developed in ‘an imaginative and creative manner’. A points system was explained in which four essential areas need close attention. These include ‘Treatment and Importance’, including a title and clear plan of development, ‘Knowledge and Research’, ‘Material’ which celebrates condition and rarity and finally ‘Presentation’ where the exhibit must be appealing by sheet, by frame and in overall appearance.

The allowance of a larger paper format, eg A3 provides much greater scope, say for the presentation of large covers or official documents such as in this example –wartime posters and maps. She explained that collectors are free to display their material in any format/content/quality, but if entering serious competitions, then these rules must be followed. The material members were able to study included a fascinating focus on ‘Slogans’ …’Dig for Victory’, ‘Careless Talk Costs Lives’, wartime employment for women, and a number urging good recycling habits. Members were greatly impressed by the quality of items on display, some of considerable rarity, and all written-up and organised in an eye-catching way to tell a story. Collecting, selecting and mounting ‘a rule friendly’ exhibit appeared to members at first to be a most daunting undertaking, but through Christine’s eloquent delivery, richly stimulating display of fine material and the first rate discussion following, a feeling of ‘can do’ was certainly achieved…all much reflected in President Colin Mount’s concluding vote of thanks.   Another excellent RPS evening!!   


Example of effective use of an A3-sized page

Victory Celebrations Demobilisation War Time Slogans

    
PAUL BARRY

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Saturday 15th October
"HAMPEX, 2016"

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Tuesday 8th November
Guest Speaker - John Davis from Highcliffe with "Tin Can Mail"

Members of the Ringwood Philatelic Society enjoyed an unusual topic at their November meeting –‘Tin Can Mail’. This proved to be a huge display of unique philatelic material, supported by related artefacts, which had been collected, written-up and presented by member John Davis. His focus of study centred on Tonga in the period 1882-1983 and the small northerly island of Niuafoou which had been ‘discovered’ in 1616 and first charted by Captain William Bligh of ‘The Bounty’ fame. Needing to communicate with the outside world, a system of watertight mail carrying metal canisters was established, promoted by one William Travers. These were taken by swimmers (in later years by outriggers) the 1.5 miles to passing ships in deeper water, with incoming mail being transferred to land by the same means. This remote coconut producing island, close to the international dateline, benefitted hugely from this basic service and it was not until as late as the early 1980s, with the building of an air-strip that this service ended. John’s display included covers- many illustrated, letters, photos, maps, newspaper and magazine cuttings. A special study was made of cachets (postmarks) of which some were exceedingly rare, an example having the wording ‘Damaged by salt water in Tonga’. A considerable range of fascinating covers formed
the display’s central development with ‘destinations’, ‘wartime censored’ cartoons’, ‘underpaid’, ‘volcanic evacuation’, and the inevitable more recent ‘cruise ship’ mail. In addition, Niuafoou’s proximity with the International Date Line had produced numerous
‘meridian’ illustrated covers, some ‘entires’ having revealing correspondence, as in the example – ‘yesterday was also Tuesday’!! An interesting range of island commemorative stamps also featured in the superbly written up presentation. The final element in the presentation saw John in debating mode, considering the finer points of relevant material inclusion. In concluding the meeting, fellow Member Wendy Buckle, herself an international philatelic exhibitor, delivered an eloquent vote of thanks, paying tribute to John’s speed of collecting (4 years!) ..’what a dedication, a very fine and lovely collection...very enjoyable’.

Map of the Islands Examples of Tin Can Mail Two Tin Can Mail HumourousPostcards
Building the Airstrip "Beware of the Sharks" John receiving his Certificate from Wendy

(Paul Barry -Chairman/Publicity Officer)

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Tuesday 13th December 2016
Our Christmas meeting

There was an excellent turn-out for this evening's celebratory event. Chairman, Paul Barry opened the meeting and set the scene for members to enjoy the refreshments that they had brought along.

 

 

 

 



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