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Hampshire Philatelic Federation

Programme 2019-2020


Notice to Members, 28 April 2020

Dear Colleagues

You will be pleased no doubt, that your Committee have been communicating during this unique and difficult time.

Unfortunately, as with the Meetings for April and May and our Ringpex annual fair, we are forced to now cancel our meetings for June 9th in the afternoon and for July 14th (evening).

You will realise that this has repercussions for two important aspects for our Society namely Membership renewal and Programme Information. Renewal will occur at our September Meeting when Terry will collect the £5 Subscription or we will write to you if you cannot attend. A printed Programme for the meetings and activities for the year to July 2021 will be given out at that Meeting but we will distribute details of meeting dates and times when finalised, before that.

However, the most important aspect of the life of the Society, is that the AGM will not be held on the 14th July... except it will?! but no-one will be there!

Let me explain .The Committee has decided that, in order to keep the Club going in as normal a way as possible, we will hold a “Virtual AGM” on the 14th July 2020. This means that we will communicate via e-mail with the Agenda, Minutes and Reports of last year’s AGM, requests for Committee nominations and requests for Proposals for discussion.  Nothing new so far because we already do that every year.

This time though, we will be asking for the Reports from the 5 officers to be submitted to me before the AGM date so that I can send them out to you before the AGM. These Reports will have information about the future meetings for the forthcoming year, details of winners of Club competitions and details of the current Committee members. At this stage we can say that all 7 Committee Members are willing to continue for a further year so there is no vacancy for any officer or Committee Member, so we do not expect any nominations!

I will be sending out a formal Notice Of Date of the AGM at least a month before 14th July 2020, and Proposals for discussion at the AGM will be requested to be submitted to me in writing before the AGM date.

On the AGM date (14th July 2020) I will write the Minutes and send them out to you with the 5 Officers’ Reports. If we have meanwhile received any Proposals for discussion at the AGM, then I will distribute these to all of you ahead of the Minutes being sent so that you have a chance to comment and for the Committee to make any decisions required as a result of the Proposal and/or discussion. In that case the AGM Minutes for 14th July 2020 would be delayed until those decisions have been made so that you will be informed of any changes with the Minutes.

This Process has been agreed with all the Committee members and I sincerely hope that you understand the process.

Please contact me if it is unclear or there are issues, including any Proposals for discussion at or before the AGM. The Committee will not be meeting before the AGM but we will nevertheless be in contact should any issues arise.

Please stay safe,

Best Wishes

Gordon D. Masson Secretary, on behalf of the Committee.


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


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

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

(paul barry)


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

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

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

(Paul Barry)


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

Who would have predicted the enduring appeal of ‘Alice...’ with all its amazing characters, circumstances and ethereal considerations? Numerous versions in both print and film have spawned, not to
mention merchandising! Just when one might have considered all was ‘said and done’, we discover an intriguing new take. Members of Ringwood Philatelic Society were recently superbly entertained by specialist philatelist Paul Leonard, Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society London, to ‘Alice in Wonderland & theWorld of Gerald King’.
Gerald King is a philatelist and talented illustrator with a powerful sense of humour. Moreover, his passion for Dodgson’s masterpiece led him to implore the Post Office in 1965 to celebrate the centennial
of the book’s publication by the issue of stamps. Considering the stuffy age, it is not surprising that a negative response was forthcoming! Gerald therefore launched his own philatelic
‘Wonderland’! Over the decades he has produced numerous special stamps, illustrated covers and postmarks, all with a mischievous and amusing slant, and all totally unappreciated by the Post Office,
who simply missed a trick!  Reference to the internet will reveal a considerable wealth of information, both about the world of Gerald King and his amazing philatelic creations.

Alice Lundy Cover - Centenary of Universal Postage

Gerald at his desk at home 50th Anniversary of the First Wonderland Stamps Paul being thanked by Colin Mount

paul barry


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

‘How many stamps have you got?’  Back in the 40s to 60s this was a common playground question among passionate young collectors. With maturity, philatelists develop a variety of differing specialisms, and in the case of speaker Paul Skinner, currently the British Library Curator, there emerged a focus, not in particular on scarce or expensive stamps, but on one stamp per country. His fascinating, unique collection now comprises scores of the unusual, including printings, inks, flaws and forgeries, papers, watermarks, gums,  perforations, the unique and rare. His far ranging presentation was underpinned by numerous supporting artefacts, all helping to unveil the story of mans’ communication systems, beginning with a clay tablet dating from 1500 BC, followed by papyrus through to velum (1255 original Pope Alexander IV letter!) and through the centuries to Georgian and Victorian postal history, then up to the modern era. Every RPS Member attending will have identified a favourite exhibit, but the section examining historical mail transportation was educational indeed, with ‘Pigeon Post and the Siege of Paris’ generating particular attention. Other contenders for centre stage were items such as ‘Disinfected Mail’, ‘Wartime Microfilm’, a ‘Colditz Entire’ (letter plus envelope!) -to quote- ‘a privilege to find this’, ‘Seawater Damaged/Salvaged Mail’ and ‘Propaganda Stamps’ and associated items. The presentation’s scope was immense, far outstripping the concept of ‘how many have you got?’.

(paul barry)


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

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