Affiliated to ABPS
and to the Hampshire Philatelic Society

Stamps - Postcards - Postal History - Thematics

Visiting Speakers - Members' Displays
Club Auctions - Annual Fair

Meetings at the Ferndown Day Centre, Library Road, off Victoria Road
Ferndown BH22 9JP
at 7:30pm for 7.45pm until 10:00pm
usually on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month
Free parking behind the Day Centre
Subscription £10.00 per annum

The Club meets twice a month, usually one
evening of Members' displays plus an auction,
and one evening with a visitor.
Visits are made to other Clubs.
An Exchange Packet is circulated to Members.
The Club organises an Annual Fair in April with Dealers and an Auction, and an interclub competition. From 2019 this will be held at The Hamworthy Club, Magna Road, Canford Magna, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 3AL.

Chairman - Bob Small
Vice Chairman - Terry Kirkman
Treasurer - Alan King

For general queries contact Paul Barry, Club Secretary:- 07932 581791, or e-mail: paulrichardbarry@hotmail.co.uk

For details of Membership contact Patricia Stanley, Membership Secretary 01202 887028

For anything to do with the Annual Fair, contact Alan King, (Acting) Stamp & Postcard Fair Secretary:-
01202 064298 or e-mail....alan.king2010@hotmail.co.uk

48th Season

14th 6 in 2 - The Americas, Members; and Auction
28th "French Mandates in the Middle East" - Ashley Lawrence FRPSL
11th 6 in 2 - B is for, Members; Auction


Your Committee Entertain
SATURDAY - Milford-on-Sea - Annual Auction
11th Annual Competitions including One-sheet competition - Members; and Auction
25th "GB Stamps and Postal History" - John Roe
8th 6 in 2 - There is something in the Air - Members; Auction
22nd "South Georgia and South Shetland Islands" - Hugh Osborne FRPSL
13th A.G.M. and Trophy Presentations - Cheese & Wine; and Auction.
27th "Classic Postage and Revenues of the British West Indies" - Michael Medlicott FRPSL
SATURDAY - RINGPEX Stamp Fair, Ringwood
10th 9 in 4 - Your Choice - Members; Auction
24th "The Spitfire" - Richard Wheatley FRPSL
8th 9 in 4 -GB and the Channel Islands - Members; Auction
22nd "Czech Miscellany" - Lindy Bosworth FRPSL
12th 9 in 4 - Stamps only - Members; Auction
7th SATURDAY - Poole & Bournemouth Society Stamp Fair, Upton
9th 8 in 4 - Postcards only - Members; Auction (changed from 9 in 4)
23rd "Royal Navy Censored Mail in World War II" - Rod Vousden FRPSL
14th 8 in 4 - Thematic Evening - Members; Auction (changed from 9 in 4)
28th Southampton Society Entertain Us (alteration to original programme)
11th 8 in 4 - Postal History - Members; Auction (changed from 9 in 4)
25th SG Philatelic Terms Illustrated display - Hugh Jefferies (alteration to original programme)
Three Sheets from everybody (no excuses!) - Members; and Auction
Christmas Events, wine, mince pies quizzes, raffle, etc- Members



Reports on Club Meetings

To see reports of meetings held from 2012 to January 2019 please.... click here


11th November 2019
Members Displays - Postal History

(Report to follow)


Ferndown postcard with single ring cancel, 1904 Ferndown postcard with double ring cancel, 1924 Censored mail with sticker applied by the Scouts and identified as Scout No 3
Mail from Polish Officer in POW Camp Mail sent to Polish officer in POW Camp, but already murdered, so returned to Poland Cover from Hearts Delight, Newfoundland

Coupon on mail item sent from Shanghai during the postal strike, 1932

Letter processed by the Army Pay Office in Bournemouth, WWII The Army postal team on a postcard franked in 1905 in Boscombe



28th October Visit from Southampton

Filling a last minute gap in the established Club Programme, four members of the Southampton PS came to the rescue, a month ahead of schedule and presented most interesting and diverse 48 sheet displays. Leading the team was Julian Jones who entertained with ‘Speeding up Transatlantic Mail’. This was indeed a highly detailed and complex study, building on preceding display, concentrating in the period from 1785, but mainly with a focus on the 1890’s to early 20th century. ‘Time is Money’…the old saying, and from the Post Office perspective, the need to speed up the sea mail was essential. Principally ‘White Star’ and ‘Cunard’ were the shipping lines involved. Using Queenstown, in SE Ireland, then using rail/boat/rail to London had been the established route eastwards, with New York being the port going west. Various short cuts were experimented with. A major endeavour was to reduce mail on/off ship times, and some ingenious developments are noted, including planes scooping mail bags by hook, air-ships (up to Hindenburg) and on-board seaplanes having catapulting facilities (used into the Hudson & New York). Julian’s study was well supported with various marks, hand and tax stamps, rates and surcharges, plus a sizeable and fascinating collection of covers/postcards, where consideration was given up to 1935.
             ‘Church Architecture ‘presented by Len Yendell, was another 48 sheet display. Its sound write-up was supported by a considerable wealth of stamps, covers and postcards, miniature sheets, photos and postmarks. The emphasis was on European architecture, and focussed mainly on abbeys and cathedrals. Of particular interest was a sizeable section on ‘Zagreb’.   The whole formed a colourful and interesting ranging display, dealing more in breadth than depth, with much scope for further development.  
            Following this presentation, there followed a major and unique collection drawn together by Mike Batty on his personal theme of ‘Bishop’s Waltham’, his Hampshire village, examined through an historical lens. Making its start in the early 1700’s, this postal history display offered numerous pre-stamp mail items, both inward and outward, including much fascinating correspondence.  Here there was much variety with plenty of evidence of covers, early postcards, maps, photos, cancels and rates. The final 8 sheets sought to examine ‘Wartime Mail’ in some depth and considered both censored and Atlantic mail and PoW items.
            The final display which was a narrow but colourful topic concerned itself with ‘Light Houses on Stamps’.  Here Mike Vokes was a true Sea Salt, full of fascinating facts concerning the locations, styles and characteristics of worldwide lighthouses. From Argentina to Ireland to Russia, with scores of other locations included, Mike was not short on philatelic material, being well supported by stamps, covers, maps and articles. Early exposure to light houses as a child had set the seeds of what was to be a passionate lifelong philatelic interest. 
            In conclusion, Chairman Bob Small was much appreciative of the quality of material, the pleasing presentations and, addressing this worthy ‘Team of Four’, showed much appreciation for beautifully plugging the hole in the Club’s autumn calendar!       

Postcard to Crewkerne, cancelled on the St Louis, 1903 Letter to Lincoln, cancelled on board, 1892 Postcard depicting Orval Abbey, Belgium, with affixed stamp, 1928
Sheet showing Orval Abbey with its stamps Two frames from the display

Paul Barry


14th October 2019 - 8 in 4 - Thematic Evening - Members

Chairman, Bob Small, opened the evening by reminding members that from 2020, not only will displays have to be in "8 in 4" format, but all Competitions will be 16 sheets. He congratulated all the winners of the trohies at the recent HAMPEX, the Club taking the majority of the awards this year.

Eleven members put up displays during the first part of the evening, starting with Chris Wheeler with a mixed collection of stamps and philatelic items relating to the ANZACS. Wendy Buckle followed with a wide variety of rare postal material on the subject of paper useage during the War years, demonstrating how the quality of paper, ink and paper size deteriorated as the years passed by, closing with some excellent examples from Latvia and Mexico (during its Civil War). John Duckworth displayed Early Aviation using postcards, covering the first aviators and their craft. Brian Quist researched the Military archives and displayed some unique material relating to the Army Services, including some humorous examples. John Garrett put up a range of novelty and pull-out cards relating to the local area, including Pokesdown and Wimborne. This was followed by some war time postcards, some with lovely tinting, and one which had had the name of the place it represented cut out by the censors. Don Seaby's theme was cricket, and a very fine display was exhibited starting with the world's first cricket stamp from Cape Verde in 1962. Hugh Jefferies put up a unique collection of New Zealand advertising stamps, reversed so the advertisements could be read, all from the 1890s issue. Finally, another thematic display was shown with examples of A for Astronomy, B for Buses and Birds, and down to Z for Zodiacs.

Reduced size telegram from 1943 Colonel Cody in his self-designed water plane in 1908 (and in which he died in 1913) Boothill's comedy card of the donkey booting out the Germans in 1945
The Army Service Corps, Blandford "Love is in the air", Pokesdown Waiting for the Mail, Wimborne
The first cricket stamps, 1962, Cape Verde Adverts on the rear of the 1890 New Zealand issue stamps C is for Copernicus

chris wheeler


Thursday 23 September 2019
"Royal Navy Censored Mail in World War II"
- Rod Vousden FRPSL

As expected of this esteemed philatelist, this meeting provided a true wealth of fascinating, scarce, rare and unique material, on a subject not previously examined in depth by Club. Very well written up and with great precision, the presentation was exceptional in content and provided Members with an opportunity to study at first hand an extensive range of philatelic gems, covering censor marks and inks, seals, postcards, stamps and superb photographic naval shipping images. This resource was further enhanced by numerous covers and correspondence, some of great historical and political interest, linked to key players (Churchill) and events (River Plate). Rod gave a detailed account of naval security with regard to ships’ mail and underlined the importance of official slogans, such as ‘Idle Gossip Sinks Ships’. Whilst many covers had been truly difficult to source, of great rarity were items of submarine mail. A particular feature of censor marks on display were those of ‘home-spun’ variety, created by individual ships at the start of hostilities, in the absence of supplies of official equipment. Essential to total security was the strict requirement that no mark or clue should indicate correspondence origin. There were exceptions where ‘good news’ was imparted, having a tonic or propaganda value. Rod spoke of the main ports of Edinburgh, London and Portsmouth which processed censored mail. For the naval WWII historian and certainly those philatelists studying GB censor marks, it is surely hard to experience a more significant collection than that presented by Rod Vousden FRPSL.

Rod wth his display Air Mail letter card, censored by Royal Mail in World War II to Portsmouth Royal Navy censored Mail, Japanese 1945 en route to Neew Zealand
26 January 2 1949 - letter passed by censors,with the Tombstone censor mark Received fron HM Ships to Boston, Mass Rod receiving his gift and certificate formn Chairman, Bob Small

(paul barry)


Thursday 9 September: - 8 in 4 - Postcards only, Members

This was a truly eventful evening with the launch of the Club’s brand new display frames, the provision of which had been debated for some 25 years after the dawn of time! Bespoke to a high standard, the new acquisition will see Club well provided for and will certainly surpass in design/quality the best on the south coast! In up-to-date 4x4 format, Club can now compete on an even playing field, and be professionally friendly. It seemed right that the very first Member to present should be an old hand, in philatelic terms!!…Terry Kirkman. Delving into his considerable depository, a most interesting display ensued on the subject of local postcards. Chas Stanton, a Dorset builder had postcards printed by J. Tilley & Son and all benefit from the created range developed.   Re-pros of WWII featured, including Churchill themed ones and slogan cards such as ‘Keep Mum’. Of particular enchantment were very early amusing Swiss cards by Alfred Meinzer Inc. (1897-1973) on the theme of ‘Cats’. Another regular presenter was Don Seaby with his all-Dorset sepia cards, ‘A-H’, of various post offices, including Corscombe, Corfe Mullen, Colehill and Bere Regis. Bill Laird displayed 14 sheets of previously unseen material ‘Early Exhibitions’, which considered the ‘British Empire Exhibition’, and further examples from both Crystal Palace and Earls Court. Again on the subject of the locality, Julian White provided some beautiful all-colour Bournemouth cards of yesteryear. Spence Coaker continued the local theme with an interesting 1914 Boscombe Gardens postcard, sent to Shanghai. Another to Java and a 1919 card from Kowloon to UK were featured. John Duckworth completed the evening’s presentations with his early study of Christchurch Toll Bridge (1880), Bournemouth Air Show and West Moors in the period 1904 – 1943.

          Although a brief series of presentations, Club Members were well entertained, causing Chairman Bob Small to comment very favourably and welcomed close scrutiny

Detail from an early Alfred Meinzer Swiss postcard -'Cats!'

(paul barry)


9 in 4 - Stamps only - Members

Before the meeting got under way, the Chairman advised that the new display boards had arrived and would be in use from the next meeting. Unless decided otherwise, all future 6 in 2 and 9 in 4 displays would be 8 in 4s, with the format of the 9 December meeting of three sheets from everyone being amended in due course to four, if appropriate.

Seven members displayed this evening, beginning with David Parsons who put up a range of Revenue Stamps from Guernsey, tracing their history from the larger first issue of 1d and 6d values to the smaller-sized subequent isues. Examples were shown off and on documents, with changes of paper and printer, ending with the rather unique Entertainment Tax stamps. Chris Wheeler followed with a range of GB Smiler Sheets, followed by Spence Coaker with an unusual collection of Hong Kong Securuty marked stamps, some with overprinted company chops, others with perfins, these being issued by the major companies operating in the Territory up to 1841. Hugh Jefferies dispayed his collection of Mauritius Numeral Postmarks, explaining the cancellation numbering system, with examples of both the common and rarer stamps of various values.

Don Seaby covered the Straits Settlements issues during the reign of Queen Victoria and Edward VII, followed by Bill Laird with his well written-up George V commemoratives. Finally an exceptional display of the Ceres issue from France with sheets of the various values was displayed by Alan King, who went to great lengths to explain the many different forgery methods he had examples of in his display.

Guernsey Revenue States Stamp Early Hong Kong Perfins Indian Surcharged Stamps
1924 One Penny B.E.E. stamp Rare B65 Cancellations from Mauritius 1850 France Ceres, black on pale yellow, on piece

chris wheeler


Monday July 22, 2019 - "Czech Miscellany" - Lindy Bosworth FRPSL

This was a highly specialised collection, eloquently presented and superbly written-up. In appreciative mode at the conclusion, Chairman Bob surely voiced the feelings of all, stating ‘this is a most interesting and special display of high quality’ and thanked Lindy for sharing it with Club. Drawing on a rich resource of maps, covers, airmails, postcards, letter cards, stamps of all periods –mint and blocks, with consideration of papers and perforations, the display covered much ground. Lindy began her presentation with a detailed historical assessment, beginning with the State when part of the Austrian-Hapsburg Empire. Detailed information was provided on early stamp issues, then to Prague where subsequent printings produced scores of varieties.  Perforating was first a business operation, subsequently followed by the Post Office. The study of this aspect alone is a minefield, waiting for the expert eye to examine. A fair section dealt with colours, gums and also overprints, the first of which were the 1920 Czech Red Cross issue, lasting a very short period. Details of the first airmail stamp were examined, together with early postcards depicting the first aviators. 1930 saw an issue of airmail stamps and this received a major focus, reflecting the considerable increase in aviation activities. There followed a substantial section devoted to 1939 German occupation stamps and associated charges. The post war sections of this fascinating philatelic treasure trove centred mainly on the diverse subjects represented, revealing Czech culture, industry and agriculture. An important contribution was the work of stamp engravers, which included work by K. Seizinger. Members were fascinated by a signed original pencil drawing for the 50h green value, which had additional remarks for the design, in the margin. The printed stamp’s design, displayed alongside, accurately followed the designer’s intentions.  The final frame considered the 1993 establishment of the Czech and Slovak Republics.    This was indeed a fine presentation not to be equalled in its subject’s content, range and rarity.   

Original Pencil Drawing of 1930 stamp First Airmail stamps, 1930 Czech soldiers in enemy uniforms "Torch Bearers of War"
1923 Cover with 1922 "Agriculture and Science" Overprints The first stamps engraved by Josef Hercik, 1962 Lindy being thanked by Chairman, Bob Small

paul barry


Monday 8 July:- 9 in 4 -GB and the Channel Islands - Members

Presenting an interesting selection of GB covers was Don Seaby, with material from 1888 onwards. All provided local flavour having Bournemouth postmarks. Chris Wheeler by contrast was right up to the minute, having uncovered a Post Office plot to bankrupt the lot of us!!  25th March saw the second class postal rate increase to 61p, an increase level which contravened OFCOM regulations. The charge should have been 60p up to 1 April. Chris sent a range of covers to himself showing the new illegal rate, together with details of an official apology and associated charitable donation! Moving quickly back in time was John Garrett’s contribution featuring seldom seen ‘Newspaper Tax Stamps’ in the period from 1757/1789 (William Pitt). A detailed study came from John Duckworth with his ‘GB Dorset’, a look at early covers/postmarks, rates and fees.   Fair examples of content would be his 1783 cancellation, Sherborne to Blandford, and that of 1846 Wimborne to Salisbury. David Parsons shared some of his Guernsey material –occupation licences, permits and forms. Charles Lennard looked at WWII ‘Rates and Routes’, sharing his covers and map. Rob Greer displayed on the subject of PO inspection marks surcharges, yellow labels and mobile post offices. Paul Lear in contrast shared most colourful material with numerous mint stamps depicting birds, including raptors and a beautiful section on butterflies. Eminent scientists featured as did a brief philatelic comment on the world of his namesake, Edward Lear!! Concluding the evening’s entertainment was Bob Small with a close study of one of his passions – ‘KGV Shades’. This all mint display featured 3d lilac and 4d green values with controls in the period 1912–1924.    Another diverse and fascinating set of contributions -much enjoyed.

1 October 1870, first day of use of a postcard in GB, this one with a pre-printed ½d stamp Reverse of the postcard 1951 letter by air to Tripoli, with Postage Due stamps and Tripoli Tax Marks (rare)
1924 Postcard from Bournemouth to Australia, wth double ring cancellation, Tax marks and Postage Due stamps Stamps of Britain, showing the Tyne Bridge Error in calculation of Postage Due, resulting from use of the E stamp
Letter to Board of Trade, OHMS, charges but overruled 1757 1d Newspaper Duty Rate (½d + ½d) 1783 letter from Sherborne to Blandford marked "turn at Sarum"

(Paul Barry)


Monday 24 June: "The Spitfire" - Richard Wheatley FRPSL

Along with train driving or being a retired bank manager!! -flying Spitfires was the dream occupation for many boys, and not a few girls, in the 1940’s …and into the 50’s I recall.   Our speaker Richard Wheatley FRPSL, had been similarly enthralled and eventually gave way to his passion some 20 years ago to start his thematic philatelic collection. He pointed out that really he considers himself to be a ‘postal historian’ who has always desired to collect for fun and felt no call to be drawn into the world of competitions. A pity some might argue, since the breadth, depth and scarcity of his material was beyond all expectations and would certainly present a huge challenge in any competitive postal history environment. Well ‘fun’ it was…from amusing commentary to unique Spitfire related philatelic material, some of which had been acquired with considerably difficulty, cost or sheer good fortune. Richard began by tracing the ‘Spitfire’ story from its early roots in 1912 with the Schneider Trophy connection. Unknown to many Members, I guess few would have known the earliest ‘Spitfire’ image appeared on a wartime South African stamp depicting not one, but two such aircraft along with pilot in full flying gear. The story gradually unfolded with Richard providing insights into development, production and even money-raising activities (‘The Spitfire Fund’) to aid the war effort, both at home and abroad. A Manchester tram ticket in fiscal support was a good example, along with ‘Your Spitfire’  heart-felt appeals. Major emphasis was placed on the actual wartime deployments and successes of this amazing aircraft, including an important section on the theme of ‘Victory’. His display was beautifully embellished with worthy write-up and celebrated by diverse material which included scores of Spitfire depicting stamps, singles and blocks, covers, (one, a Douglas Bader signed FDC) postcards, airgraphs/aerograms, photos, newspaper cuttings, microfilm and propaganda literature. Unexpectedly, in the mix at the presentation’s conclusion, was to be seen a sizeable table-top collection of ephemera – ale cans, bottles, glasses, beer mats, tiepins, DVD’s mouse-mats and plane models, to name but a few examples! Very considerable interest and appreciation was in evidence as the presentation drew to a close…an eminent study and most memorable evening in the Club’s programme.   

John Davis being awarded the Open Class
Competion shield

Jacques Schneider The Schneider Trophy Cover from Calshot to France Cover from Australia to England
Mayor of Manchester's Tram Ticket 0001 for the Spitfire Fund Lundy's first set of eight stamps with the "V" for Victory overprint Lundy Victory Proofs South Africa cover with RAF pilot on the stamp
Battle of Britain rejected designs Douglas Bader signed Cover Half crown stamp on cover from Leeds to USA, with "VP" mark Richard Wheatley showing "Spitfire" related items

paul barry


Monday 10 June: 9 in 4 - Your Choice - Members

The evening was opened with the display by Spence Coaker of his recent Postal History Class competition entry on the tiny island sandbank Shameen in the Province of Canton. It was established in 1860 when traders and consulates had to move from the city, and they built up this sandbank into an Anglo-French enclave. Only 1250 by 325 yards in size it is now preserved due to the colonial architecture it features. Arench Indo-Chinese stamps overprinted Canton were used.

Chris Wheeler then displayed postcards telling the story of the plague in Eyam, Derbyshire, followed by John Duckworth showing examples of mail used on the South Atlantic route between 1934 and 1939, and pictures of the refuelling ship in action, with its crane and catapult mechanisms for getting the seplanes into the air again. Some excellent covers were used to enhance the story. David Parsons brought along some examples from a sale lot of South African essays and proofs, the like of which we had not seen before. Charles Leonard showed examples of mail carrying pre-printed Express Labels of various types issued by Finland. Bill Laird entertained with local history, showing many brochures printed to publicise Shows in Bournemouth from the 1950s, including one of the latest types of Horizon Label.

Terry Kirkman displayed facsimile stamps of Australia used initially for the 1984 Ausipex. These were in different colours to the issued stamps and all the more interesting because of that. Hugh Jefferies concentrated on the early issues of Newfoundland, all with wide margins and he include some forgeries for added interest. Don Seaby showed the early French Colonial issues of IndoChina from 1889 to 1927, before Vietnam issues started. Alan King showed early stamps from the Canadian colonies from 1851, before the Dominion of Canada was established in 1926 absorbing the majority of these issues. Finally Bob Small put up 9 sheets of the various shades of the 2½d blue, in various multiples and with their correct colour descriptions.

1908 Shameem Cover with Canton cancellation Air Mail letter to South America with 24/- postage The Westfalen seaplane catapult refuelling ship
South Africa "Edward Coronation" essays Finland cover with Express label 1956 Programme for the Pavilion, Bournemouth
Australia, Facsimile of 6d Kookaburra stamp Great Britain 2½d in various shades of blue

(chris wheeler)


Monday 27 May 2019
"Classic Postage and Revenues of the British West Indies"
Michael Medlicott FRPSL

This much awaited presentation in the Club’s programme was an undoubted success. Michael Medlicott FRPSL traced his interest in stamp collecting from a young age, a particular influence being a friend from a family of planters in Barbados, (sugar trade) and ‘the bug’ has fascinated him ever since, describing himself still as ‘a very active collector’. He has no interest in competition, but enjoys the sharing process. And what a sharing!! His eloquent presentation was supported by a rich display, making use of cream sheets and sublime hand written text. There was both depth and breadth in this large display, made up of mint and used stamps…singles, blocks, overprints, essays, revenues, cancels, including specimen hand cancels, ‘Too Late’  and ‘Fees’, plate proofs, colour trials, varieties, plate flaws, perforation considerations and forgeries. Superb covers were present, together with fascinating letters. The presentation also contained details of the printing companies involved, from Perkins Bacon (with stunning colour), Waterlows to De la Rue. Numerous items were either rare, unique or indeed both. Members were whisked across a good number of countries, plus islands in the West Indies, including in particular Barbados, British Guiana, British Honduras, Grenada, Jamaica, Nevis and St Vincent, Tobago…just to name a few! Numerous wonderful philatelic display sheets could be highlighted, but perhaps one of the most memorable is that depicting beautiful revenue stamps of Tobago, issued June, 1879…take a look!!!

          Michael was presented with an engraved presentation whisky tumbler by Chairman Bob, who was almost lost for words…
a truly wonderful display, we have indeed been most fortunate…’

Custom stamps on Affidavit, dated 1857 Double perforations on top and sides Essays
Colour proofs on unwatermarked paper Ocean Mail, 1859 Thank you!

paul barry


Monday 13 May 2019 - A.G.M. and Trophy Presentations

A well attended AGM was initially addressed by each of the Committee Members giving their reports on their past year's activities. These reports indicated a hard-working Committee, doing its best to support the Club and benefit each of its members, as well as all of them collectively The members showed their appreciation for the work of not only the committee but those non-committee members who had made signifiacant contributions during the past year. The Chairman emphasised the need for more members to use the packet service and to attend more of the meetings where outside speakers had been invited to show us material that was unique and of incredible quality, even if the topic was not one of their collecting areas.

The main item for discussion was whether to replace the existing frames with new ones. Reasons for this and the best options were debated and the conclusion voted by members was to go for six double-sided perspex protected (for the Fair) sixteen sheet boards on legs in 4 by 4 format, with space for A4 sheets in their protectors. It was further agreed that the significant cost of these boards be paid for from the Club's current account balance, and be proceeded with immediately. Next year's programme will have club displays of "8 in 5", instead of the current "6 n 2" and "9 in 4" formats.

A social break followed and then the presentation of awards for the recent Competition, ending with a short auction.

Alan explaining the Accounts Bob complimenting the competitors Carpenter's design of the adopted new 16 frame double-sided board

Wendy with Best in Show award Don receiving the Postal History Award John receiving the Postcard entry award

chris wheeler


Monday 22nd April
South Georgia and South Shetland Islands" - Hugh Osborne FRPSL

This meeting was not well attended; one of the reasons emerging was that this is ‘a somewhat obscure topic’. As a collecting area, there is little doubt that this Antarctic region creates limited interest… perhaps this is due to the paucity and expense of philatelic material? At the Club’s AGM, Chairman Bob Small pleaded with Members to attend these minority interest evenings which frequently involve eminent speakers, superb presentation/display and frequently feature rare and unique gems, sometimes ‘hardly seeing the light of day’. From the writer’s viewpoint, there is the additional matter of respect for such material, its presentation and perhaps not least, a matter of respect for such speakers, some travelling considerable distances to share collections of immense philatelic importance. True, we can’t all attend every meeting. What had folk missed?!
Hugh Osborne first traced the history, economics and politics of the Southern Whaling Centre (est. 1904) and personalities involved. This industry was highly lucrative and workers incredibly well paid. Social isolation was the main corrosive element in the whole operation, and it was clear that a well organised postal service was crucial to morale. 1909 saw the opening of the South Georgia Post Office, heralding in a period of stability, indeed up until the 1939 hostilities. Mail in and out of South Georgia was intermittent and Stanley, in the Falklands became a vital link in the postal chain, however links out were seldom more than 2-3 times per year. South Georgia was quickly established as an important ‘launch pad’ for southern polar exploration. Early activity had been precarious, with some expeditions being fatal. Emerging strongly into the 1930s were those of scientific intent. Here essential safe practice was promoted, for example in areas of clothing and rations. Hugh’s extensive collection had its origins in Falkland Islands philately in the 1980s, with developments into South Georgia material emerging ten years later. The presentation enjoyed by Members was but a fraction of Hugh’s philatelic empire.  Included were studies into stamp issues, their printing and varieties. Also present were cancellations and censor markings, airmails, registered and insured mail, and of course… correspondence. Many items were very rare, indeed unique.  Here were presented great insights into a largely unknown area of southern hemisphere philately, presented by Hugh Osbourne, the expert in his field… what a display!!, what a memory!!!

Registered Parcel to England from South Georgia via the Falkland Islands, 1935 Registered Letter to the Falkland Islands, cancelled on 1 July 1910 Registered Letter from the Falkland Islands to London, 1939

paul barry



Ferndown Interclub Results 2019

Terry with the Winners' Shield Wendy with the Winner's Trophy One Happy Charles!



Monday 8 April - "6 in 2 - There is something in the Air" - Members;

The evening’s eleven displays covered a wide range of topics under an ‘Air’ theme. Member David Sadler presented mainly 1930’s covers including Hong Kong to Holland and Manilla and a couple of New Zealand airmails of ‘Jubilee Airways’.  Terry Tuck considered aspects of postal history relating to Bournemouth and District, in particular Hurn Airport, and included an early airport map. David Parsons presented APEX covers, promoting the International Airport Exhibition of May, 1934. Receiving a truly magnificent write-up, Wendy Buckle’s display -‘Introduction of Airmail Services,’ which began in Latvia in 1921, was well worth studying. A small but fascinating selection of 1930’s mail, postcards and photos, supported the theme. Routes and flight periods were explained. Chris Wheeler provided a largely mint display which covered for example the 1997 China Telecom ‘Air Waves’, ‘German 1977 Telecom Equipment’ and ‘Iran 2008 Telecom Mast’. On a very different tack was Spence Coaker’s ‘Early Airmails of the Far East & Hong Kong’ which celebrated various mailings covering a variety of companies/routes – KLM Dutch East Indies to Amsterdam, Imperial Airways from Singapore and Hong Kong based routes. Providing great description was Albert Jackson’s 1944 ‘Allies Invasion of Greece’ presentation -the Inselpost Greek Islands’ Service to Rhodes, Kos, Leros, Samos and Crete (propaganda cover). Among slogans in German were ‘Keep a Stiff Upper Lip!’, ‘Stand Firm!’ and ‘Never Surrender!’ - these being only in use for a week, 9th-16th March 1945, prior to defeat! Closer to home was John Garrett’s ‘Bournemouth Centenary Air Show’ which demonstrated good write-up, photos and rare postcards. Included was information on Chas Rolls, who died in the first GB aero accident.  Charles Leonard addressed ‘The Sea-plane Service on West Coast of Africa’ with first flights from March 1937, its purpose being to link up the French Colonies. The service was short lived with the fall of France in 1940. Covers and a fine brochure accompanied.   ‘Bournemouth Aviation 1910’ was well defined by Don Seaby and supported strongly by his sepia postcards. Concluding proceedings was Bob Small with photos, covers and postcards, who shared his study of ‘Hitler’s Vengeance Weapons’ …the V One and V Two rocket programme.
Again Club Members had been well entertained ‘in house’ and as Chairman, Bob congratulated participants on ‘an excellent evening’.      

Top half of the Agreement for Sale of land for the development of Hurn Airport, 1942 Lower half of the Agreement for Sale of land for the development of Hurn Airport, 1942 First Flight cover from Hong Kohg to Manila, 1937
Se-tenant labels for the Air Post Exhibition in London in 1934 Air Mail cover from Hong Kong to London, by sea to Singapore, 1934 Inselpost Greek Islands Post, air mail cover, 1944, used during the Allied Occupation
1910 Bournemouth Air Show postcard showing aviator Barnes preparing for a flight with the temporary hangars in the background An example cover from Belgium to the Ivory Coast via Dakar on the partial East African air route Front of first day flight cover from London to USA from London Airport (Hurn), 1945
Back of the first day flight cover from London to USA from London Airport (Hurn), 1945 Grenada miniature sheet showing a Spitfire approaching a V1 rocket to tip its wing and make it crash First Day Cover from Majuro, Marshall Islands showing a V1 on its dive bombardment on London, June 1944

(paul barry)


Monday 25 March 2019
"GB Stamps and Postal History"
- John Roe

This was certainly one of the most detailed and comprehensive of all GB presentations seen in Club in the past decade.  Summing up this outstanding specialist evening, Chairman Bob Small stated ‘A wonderful display of GB Victorian, a marvellous exhibit’. He was particularly drawn to the superb display of the 1880’s lilac & green issue, ‘in true colours’. Members would have willingly turned out just to see this exhibit alone, however this was merely a small part of an extensive display covering pre-stamp correspondence, early covers and pre-paid envelopes, an extensive 1d red study, plates, postmarks, machine cancels, postcards, parcel post labels, printing varieties, errors, inks, postmarks and machine cancels. There were official lists of ‘Delivery Offices’ and ‘District Offices’ in London. The entire presentation was highly researched and the clarity of presentation in top category. There were numerous unique philatelic items of which probably the most stunning was the 1887 ‘Jubilee’ issue… 1/- green & carmine marginal copy with inverted watermark. (Can you find another?)    Magnificent!!

Penny Post cover sent by the Bishop of York on 29 January 1798 with a Bishop Mark, top left 11 July 1830 Free Frank cover from London to Lancashire Cover dated 23 January 1860, showing the Inspector's marks of 2d for undelivered mail
Bristol sideways duplex cancellation on four penny reds on a letter sent to the speaker's grandmother Very early envelope produced by Edwin Hill, controller of stamps from 1840 to 1872 1888 - £1 brown-lilac surface printed by de la Rue on white paper (SG186)
1882 - £5 orange Specimen on blued paper (SG133) Very fine used example of the embossed 1/- green, die 1 cancelled 716 (Sleaford, Lincs) (SG55) 1883 engraver's die proof for the lilac and green stamps from de la Rue, mounted for exhibition purposes

(paul barry)


Monday 11 March 2019
Annual Competitions including One-sheet competition

Results of the Competition

  John Davis Venice 75*
  John Garrett Bournemouth 63
  Spence Coaker Shameen 63
  David Parsons Channel Islands 84*
  Wendy Buckle First Commemorative Issues of Latvia 86**
  David Parsons Jersey 83
  John Garrett Bournemouth Air Show, 1910 67
  John Garrett Paddling across the Bay 69*
  John Garrett Christmas 67*


Monday 25 February 2019 - Your Committee Entertain

        Displays were presented by Committee Members and proved to be on diverse areas and themes and were certainly ‘entertaining’!   A most colourful presentation on ‘Seychelles’ contained a mix of stamps, a first flight card of Air Seychelles , official government invitation documents, royal visit items and newspaper cuttings. ‘Australia’ followed and focussed on Post Office innovations including ATM stamps, stamp booklets, replica and pictorial cards, experimental and promotion booklets for Ausipex ’84 – National Stamp weeks. The next theme was ‘Rupert’ and here Members were enthralled with the presenter’s eloquent historical background information which traced the emergence of this famous journalistic bear. The presentation included a Stanley Gibbons stamp album having a front cover ‘Rupert’ logo. Supporting material was considerable, with many books featuring, including the famous annuals -some delightful early editions. ‘Britain at War’ followed. Here was a superb write-up in support of very early unique documents. A 1588 Armada related letter was a gem! But so too were a number of letters linked to the ’30 Years War’ of 1634, the English Civil War, the Monmouth Rebellion and the War of Spanish Succession to name a few. The Club’s habit of presenting rare, unique and fascinating material is well documented, and the presence of a sizeable collection of ‘Cape Triangulars’’ was yet another treat. This was an in depth, well researched study of these iconic stamps which celebrated via no less than 19 sheets, the range of shades, printings, including woodblocks, watermarks, papers and forgeries. ‘Bechuanaland’ came alive in the following display, having the advantage of the presenter’s personal connection with this most interesting slice of East Africa, having worked there in minerals for some years.   Members enjoyed a short geography lesson combined with numerous stamps. These included numerous overprints across three reigns, a section on railway material and a wildlife study. A colourful humorous postcard presentation also was much appreciated. Here the card artist Rupert Besley took the floor! Forming part of a considerable specialist collection was ‘Refugee Mail’ which focussed on the 1940’s, with Polish soldier’s correspondence home being well evidenced. The presenter shared a number of very human stories, just part of a rich historical account. ‘Victorian GB’ took a very different stance, being home grown with the theme of ‘Herefordshire’ promoting an interesting selection of covers and revenue documents. This evening of entertainment, courtesy of the Committee, concluded with ‘Tora,Tora,Tora’ and the Pearl Harbour attack of 11th December, 1941. This episode of USA naval history was well traced via a mixture of coloured photos, stamps, maps and facts and figures, all enjoying a skilled write-up.
A fascinating philatelic evening indeed which managed to avoid the lynching of the Club’s hard working Committee!!    (Safe for another year no doubt!!)

Selection of Invitation Cards to Official Parties in the Seychelles Part of the Rupert book collection Australia, 1934, Centenary of Victoria Stamps, issued at AUSIPEX, 1984
Army Official cover from Ladysmith, Natal during the Boer War, dated 28 February 1900 (Ladysmith Siege Post) A four pence blue pair of the 1853 Cape of Good Hope triangulars Letter sent to his wife by a refugee on his way to a German POW Camp from Romania, 9 February 1941
A Dixon-drawn postcard marking the opening of the Channel Tunnel A page from a shop ledger showing the change from Revenue to Postage stamps Cover marking the centenary of Botswana's postage stamps and cancellation marks, 1985

(paul barry)

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Forthcoming Events

Monday 25 November 2019
SG Philatelic Terms Illustrated display - Hugh Jefferies (alteration to original programme)



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