Affiliated to the
Association of British Philatelic Societies
Hampshire Philatelic Federation

Programme 2019-2020

Saturday 7th September
Poole & Bournemouth Club Fair - Upton Community Centre, Poole

Tuesday 10th September
Members' Displays - Maximum 30 sheets; Plus Bring and Buy

Saturday  28th Septemberr
"HAMPEX" - Wickham Community Centre Nr Fareham

Tuesday 8th October
John Moody from Romsey - "The Weimar Republic 1919 to 1932"

Tuesday 12th November
Paul Skinner FRPSL - "Footsteps through the Album"

Tuesday 10th December
Christmas Meeting with Paul Leonard FRPSL - "Alice in Wonderland & Beyond - The World of Gerald King"

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

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

Tuesday 10th March
Annual Competition Night - Traditional, Thematic, Postal History, Open Philately and First Timers;
Plus Bring & Buy

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

Tuesday 14th April
Members' Displays; Plus Bring and Buy

Tuesday 12th May
Members One Page competition and Bring & Buy

Saturday 6th June
"RINGPEX 2020"
  Our own Stamp & Postcard Fair
at Greyfriars Community Centre - open 10am to 4pm

Tuesday 9th June

Gavin Fryer RDP, FRPSL - "The Western Desert Campaign, 1940 to 1943"

Tuesday 14th July
53rd Annual General Meeting followed by
"The President Entertains"


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

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




Meeting Reports

To see reports and pictures of meetings from 2012 to early 2018, please click here

Tuesday 12th November 2019
Paul Skinner FRPSL - "Footsteps through the Album"

(report and Images to follow)


Tuesday 8th October, 2019
John Moody from Romsey - "The Weimar Republic 1919 to 1932"

The Ringwood Philatelic Society welcomed John Moody to entertain its members, and entertain us he did, with a most interesting display of Germany's Weimar Republic, its stamps and postal history. John who is well known in the hobby for his impressive German collection and as the 'face' of Stanley Gibbons at local stamp shows throughout the south gave members a brief history lesson on the foundation and ultimate failure of the Weimar Republic before he embarked on his talk which was illustrated with many pages from his collection.     At the conclusion, John said he hoped members were enriched with knowledge about this particular stage in German history but if not he could guarantee that all members would be millionaires before they left as he presented each member with a 2 million mark stamp. Member Keith Clements thanked John on behalf of the club for a most interesting evening and presented him with a certificate in commemoration of his visit, in his reply John thanked the members for their interest and for the lovely meal the club had provided for him and his wife Margaret.

John Moody with Colin and Keith


Tuesday 10th September, 2019
Members Displays - Maximum 30 sheets

A satisfying balance was achieved, whereby philatelic material was eagerly sought, interspersed with interesting Member displays. Gordon Masson provided 13 sheets on the topic of Canadian stamps and mini-sheets dealing with ‘Chinese New Year’. He explained that his Canadian friend provides him with most interesting material, and this was certainly in evidence. An in-depth study of ‘GB 1841 Imperfs’ was shared by David Etchells whose 12 sheets depicting covers of the period were both fascinating and in some cases rare. Superbly written-up on cream paper, this display considered cancels, seals, registered post, ‘Late-Use’ and ‘TPO’s- Travelling Post Office cancellations, begun in 1838. Members enjoyed part of a huge study by Bert Burton on the subject ‘Gibraltar –Mail for Force H’. This was a naval force to re-place French in the Med by Churchill. Again a similar quality write-up, Bert included covers and rates, photos, military naval crests, and studies of ships, including a rare one of HMS Hood and Renown. Terry Carter’s collectable GB Elizabethan ‘Fruit Stamps’ were colourful indeed, providing an interesting and contrasting display. Early printing in Europe (Guttenberg/Caxton) was superbly studied by Wendy Buckle through her 12 exquisite, informative and beautiful sheets. Paul Dumsday considered some early Argentinian stamps and included were Zeppelin and naval ship designs. Following a lengthy break for refreshments, barter and study of the displays, there followed the final contribution, ‘New Acquisitions’’ by Paul Barry. Here were shared GB Victorian covers and postcards and a superb King Edward VII 4d value with a quality ‘Bosbury’ circular cancellation, adding to a ‘Herefordshire’ themed emerging collection.
This was a most successful evening, providing an excellent start to the Society’s busy philatelic calendar for 2019-2020.

Select a stamp!!  These are from the GB 'Fruit & Veg' series

(paul barry)


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

        President Colin Mount warmly welcomed his personal mystery guest speaker, David Speers MRSPSL, to the July meeting of the Ringwood Philatelic Society. ‘Australian Philately’ was his subject, which as the new President of the BSAP was both very well presented and full of considerable interest. His collection had its beginnings some years ago, principally consisting of material from the modern era.  Commencing with ‘Australian Defence Forces’  David outlined the historical dimensions, supported by colourful stamps depicting British regiments in the period 1788-1870, produced by various postal authorities. This section included campaign medals and gallantry awards. There followed major sections covering the Royal Australian Navy and Airforce with excellent coverage of heroes, medals, types of ships and planes. Both world wars were represented and interesting campaigns explained. The whole display was richly underpinned by the presence of mint stamps, including strips and blocks, covers, including FDC, pre-stamped envelopes, special cancels and aerogrammes. An emphasis was the supporting Australian Post Office’s commemoration material, usually of annual appearance, with a special ‘ANZAC Day’ focus. The scope of presentation was considerable with further frames covering other aspects of Australian history…KG III, Capt. John Hunter, Capt. W. Blyth, Pioneers, The 1901 debate over Melbourne/Sydney for capital, Australia and the Colonies, Sheep Farming, Agricultural Fairs, Exports, Rivers, Railways and Ships.           David’s scope was huge and provided Members with a most insightful exposure to this fascinating country’s past. President Colin Mount stated that ‘this is indeed a fine and brief study of Australian social history’, and was joined by warm appreciation from the audience. It was another wonderful presentation in the Society’s programme, which richly concluded the calendar for the year.


(Paul Barry)


Tuesday 11th June, 2019
Guest Speaker - Jean Alexander FRPSL with "Supermarket Philately"

‘Lightbulb moments’ or in this case ‘hairdryer moments’ are fairly rare for most of us, but when they occur, the world can change! Ringwood Philatelic Society members warmly greeted Jean Alexander, guest speaker, to their June meeting…a big name for a small outfit! Jean, a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society London, and a past Member of the Royal Mail Stamp Advisory Committee, was pleased to share her story and collection. Whilst reading magazines under the hairdryer, Jean was drawn to a soup advert by Heinz which promised ‘New Stamps for Old’. Here was an opportunity to collect brand stamp coupons and exchange them for official Christmas stamps. Her interest in such promotions grew in tandem with an increasing publicity drive involving over time numerous company names such as –Cadbury (Chocolate Fingers), Kellogg’s with Cornflakes, Unilever, Sunday Express (Rupert Bear), Nescafe, ASDA, Boots, WHS, Woolworths, National Trust and others, and eventually The Royal Mail with its ‘Jolly Postman’ offer. These varied consumer rewards of postage stamps, special stamp booklets and packs, postal orders, vouchers and publicity gifts stimulated Jean’s collecting interests and she began to amass a large amount of related items, including associated advertising material. Her fascinating presentation provided Members with a unique opportunity to examine at first hand a wealth of ‘free goodies’ acquired over many years, some of which were rare indeed and totally unknown or now forgotten!! 

Society President Colin Mount voiced very sincere appreciation of ‘Jean’s amazing conserving contribution to philatelic study, ‘a valuable collection’ which has its roots in a quiet moment in a hairdresser’s salon!!’                                    
Free Stamps with Dairylea Free Stamps with Quick Brew
National Gallery Promotion Jean and Colin

(paul barry)


Saturday 1 June - RINGPEX 2019

Visitors arriving Bacon Butty! One of the Dealer Halls

President Colin Mount scrutinising a sheet
of Australian KGV penny reds with his expert eye,
which no doubt had a twinkle in it!

Ringwood Philatelic Society Members recently held their 2019 RINGPEX Stamp & Postcard Fair at Greyfriars Community Centre. Much planning and an early start enabled an efficient set up, on what proved to be a glorious 1st June.This was one of their most successful fairs, with an excellent attendance and much valued trade between punters and dealers, and generated a good income for RPS funds.  The highlight of the day was the Society’s raffle, where the star prize was a very fine Penny Black, kindly donated by Hon Member and local GB specialist dealer, Peter Mollett. There were 12 dealers present, providing a wide range of stock covering ‘GB’, ‘Commonwealth’, ‘World’ and ‘Thematics’, and postcard collectors were equally pleased. Another popular and appreciated feature was undertaken by the volunteer Kitchen Team with their all day refreshments, in particular, by the now famous RINGPEX bacon/sausage rolls.

             (paul barry)      


Tuesday 14th May 2019
Members One Page Competition and Bring & Buy

Just three entries were submitted for this year’s ‘One Page Competition’. Certainly no lack of interest or attendance, but other pressures and ‘garden weather ‘compete with philatelic interests!
          Following short descriptions of individual displays, the Membership were invited to vote in the Winner. Gaining most support this year was David Etchells with his entry entitled…
"Heinrich (Henry) Schliemann (1822-1890), Polymath, banker, businessman and archaeologist"
This neat compact display entry was well described. Members learnt that Schliemann began working in banking in Russia in 1846. He spoke no less than 14 languages!  By age 36 he retired with a business fortune, having dealt in a variety of commodities. He then pursued a career in archaeology, concentrating on the pursuit of Troy.  He excavated various sites, eventually discovering ‘Priam’s Treasure’ at Troy and the ‘Mask of Agamemnon at Mycenae’. Attractive stamps had been selected to illustrate this amazing life and achievement.

David Etchell's One Page Entry

(paul barry)


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

    The next event will be held on

Tuesday 10th Decemb
er 2019
Christmas Meeting with Paul Leonard FRPSL - "Alice in Wonderland & Beyond - The World of Gerald King"

Visitors and new members most welcome.

Meetings start at 7:30 at the Greyfriars Centre, Ringwood




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