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MEMBERS’ WEEKEND IN GUERNSEY CANCELLED

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 deposit.

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 further details.

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 safe.

Richard Flemming

Secretary,

Channel Islands Specialists’ Society

CISS ANNUAL COMPETITIONS DAY AT THE ROYAL

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.

David Winnie, winner of Traditional Class trophy, with CISS President, Gerald Marriner.
Graham Winters providing feedback on competition entries
Left – right: Nick Stuart, Alan Whittaker and Bryan Elliston receive their 2019 certificates from CISS President, Gerald Marriner
Bryan Elliston, winner of ‘Previous Winners’ trophy with CISS President, Gerald Marriner
Robert Shaw, winner of the Ephemera /Open Class trophy with CISS President, Gerald Marriner
Ron Brown, winner of the Postal History trophy, with CISS President, Gerald Marriner

C.I.S.S. COMPETITION DAY

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.

David Winnie’s Display to Salisbury and District Philatelic Society

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’.

September’s Members Meeting at the Union Jack Club

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.

Richard Flemming

Society Members in the philatelic press

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.

Richard Flemming