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Eighty - and still going strong

Congratulations to Guildford Philatelic Society who have just celebrated their 80th anniversary.

For the special event they were joined by Nicola Davies (RPSL Head of Collections), James Podger (RPSL & West Indies Philatelic Study Group), Peter White (Surrey Federation), three

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past Presidents and representatives from other local societies and the WISG.

After opening remarks by Susan Taylor, Barry Stephens gave a brief history of the Society from its first meeting on 2nd October 1943 at 146, High Street. James Podger congratulated the Society on its remarkable achievement. Barry Stephens and Charles Smith were each presented with a Surrey Federation Diploma of Merit by Peter White. The formal part of the meeting concluded when Nicola cut the magnificent Anniversary cake and guests/members were invited to view the display.


Several of the participants  brought pages for the display entitled “One Stamp, One Page, One Story”. The topics ranged from a missing colour on a Churchill commemorative from Montserrat to Rosalind

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Franklin and included pages on: 1905 Liege Universal Exhibition; Alan Turing; Anguilla Boxed Cancels; Australian Arctic Territory; Blue Nose Schooner (Canada); Carteret Packet Ship Letter; Che Guevara (Eire); Camel Postmen (Sudan); Disaster at Sir Lowry’s Pass; Indian Fiscals; New Hebrides; PO Tower; Sir John Marriott (T&T); Social Distancing & Vaccination (Austria); Uganda Protectorate; and Van Riebeck’s Ship (RSA).


In addition, thanks go to Michael Miller

who showed a small part of his collection of covers to/from Surrey Post Offices. Graham Stockdale highlighted a Penny Black on cover, the subject of the first display at the Society, and a letter to Bletchley Park dated 1943, the year of the Society’s foundation. Past President Michael Lockton spoke about the erudite membership and somewhat intimidating formality of the Society when he joined in 1968 and became President in 1972.

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