IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING MEMBERS’ WEEKEND IN GUERNSEY AND BEYOND
To all C.I.S.S. Members,
Following the recent government advice about the impact the
Covid-19 virus is having upon the United Kingdom and the notice issued by the
Association of British Philatelic Societies (ABPS) stating that all society
meetings should be postponed or cancelled until the 30th April, it
is with understandable regret that it has been agreed with the Chairman that
the forthcoming C.I.S.S. Members’
Weekend in Guernsey, that would have been held 24th – 26th
April, is cancelled forthwith. The committee will also look at what
future action will be required for the C.I.S.S. Annual General Meeting in July
and beyond, as the ABPS also recommends that all member societies postpone or
cancel all meetings until September 2020.
I have contacted the
Peninsula Hotel this morning regarding individual room bookings, and I have
been informed that members will still have to pay the one-night
non-refundable deposit. However, the hotel is waving its cancellation fees
for any other nights booked. The committee appreciates that this will have cost
implications on individuals and recommends that members make claims through
their travel insurance policy to see if they can reclaim the non-refundable
IMPORTANT: Individuals will have to contact the Peninsula
Hotel (01481 248400) and ask for Becky in Reservations in order to cancel their
room booking. The C.I.S.S. cannot do this for you.
If travelling by Condor Ferries, please go to the
Coronovirus section and read Customers with bookings until 30th
April 2020 information which gives you three options of what to do with
your booking. If travelling by air, please visit your own airline’s website for
Gerald Marriner has informed me that the proposed room
auction that was to be held as part of the Guernsey Weekend will now be
combined with the postal auction. Closing date has yet to be determined but
will be towards the end of April, with the auction list being sent to all
members in due course.
Difficult times lay ahead for us all. Take care and stay
Twenty members and three guests attended the CISS 2020 Annual Competitions Day at the new Royal Philatelic Society building in Abchurch Lane. Alan Moorcroft, Competition Secretary, was delighted with the sixteen entries received across a range of competition classes, which were being judged by Graham Winters.
Whilst Graham and Alan were busy with sorting the competition entries out, the room auction was taking place, with some sixty-nine lots going under the hammer. In all total realized was £950, with 55% of the lots selling at or above their reserve. Following lunch, Graham provided members with an in-depth critique of competition entries, looking at strengths and weakness of each entry. This was then followed by four non-competitive displays provided by Olaf Beckeen, Gerald Marriner, Steve Wells and Simon Burke.
The dates for the Guernsey members of the RPSL/CISS group are as follows: February 28th, March 27th, May 29th, July 31st August 28th, October 30th and December 18th. All meetings are Friday evenings between 7 – 9pm. Meetings are held in the St Sampson Suite, Peninsula Hotel, Guernsey. If you are visiting the island why not go along.
CISS member, Alan Whittaker gave a talk on the German Occupation of the Channel Islands to the Romsey U3A History Group with forty people in attendance. Alan must have been popular because he has been invited to talk to the Romsey Probus group later in the year.
Alan is also displaying to the Milford on Sea Philatelic Society on 14th April 2020.
Saturday, 8th February 2020 is the C.I.S.S. Annual Competition Day commencing at 11 am. Venue is the Royal Philatelic Society (NOTE NEW VENUE), 15 Abchurch Lane, London, EC4N 7BW. Details of competition classes can be found on page 5 of the December 2019 edition of Les Iles Normandes.
Leo Mayr was presented with the Joan Flood silver salver for his monograph title ‘waists getting waspish’ by CISS President, Gerald Marriner, at the members meeting held at the Union Jack Club on Saturday, 14th December, along with David Winnie, CISS Chairman.
Copies of Leo’s monograph are available from email@example.com
Channel Islands Specialists’ Society Chairman, David Winnie, provided the Salisbury and District Philatelic Society with an insightful display titled “The Small Channel Islands” on Wednesday, 20th November . Photographs and a write-up of his display, as provided by the Salisbury society, can be viewed on their website at salisburyphilately.org.uk and click on ‘Rolling News’.
Our President, Gerald Marriner FRPSL, has been awarded the prestigious ABPS Congress Medal (2019). This award is presented to just one person each year in recognition of dedication and voluntary service to British philately at national level. Former holders of this award in the CISS are Brian Sole FRPSL (2002) and Phil Kenton FRPSL (2012).
Seventeen members attended the CISS Members Meeting held on Saturday, 21st September 2019 at the Union Jack Club, London. As per tradition, the meeting commenced with room auction of seventy lots. Although slow to start with, bidding soon picked up and only a few items remained unsold, some sold items selling well above reserve.
Members’ displays were provided by: David Winnie, Nick Stuart, Richard Flemming, Brian Sole, Mark Bailey, Jon Aitchison, Alan Whittaker and Robert Corden.
For more information on members’ displays please see the forthcoming December issue of Les Iles Normandes.
Three Channel Islands Specialists’ Society members have been providing the main philatelic press with articles relating to the 50th anniversary of Channel Islands Postal Independence. Brian Sole provided the October edition of Stamp Magazine with an 11- page article that provided a significant overview of fifty years of Channel Islands stamp issues. Gerald Marriner provided the October edition of Gibbons Stamp Monthly with an article titled “Celebrating 50 years of postal independence” that provides “a definitive guide to the definitive issues of Guernsey”. Finally, Richard Flemming provided Stamp Collector with two articles, the first being “Fifty Years of Postal Independence”, looking at the 1969 issues of Jersey and Guernsey, with the second article focusing on the postal history of Jersey’s explanatory charge marks.