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
A warm welcome to two new members:
2185 Gerald Laheij – The Netherlands
2186 John Digby – Suffolk
A warm “welcome back” to a member who has re-joined the Society:
2079 David Gough – Cambridge
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’.
A warm welcome to a new member:
2184 W. David Ripley III – USA
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).
It has recently come to my notice from a visit to Herm Island and via our Committee Member, John Triggs, that things have changed at Herm Island from a postal perspective. In the first place, there is now no officially paid Sub-Postmaster in situ although the Herm Gift Shop does run a counter and still has the original self-inking datestamp. This, seemingly, can be used by invitation only, evidenced by the lady at the counter being prepared to cancel the postage stamp on a postcard I sent to myself by favour.
It appears, however, that ordinarily. the mail is collected uncancelled at the Gift Shop, placed in a mail bag which is then taken by the last Trident Ferry of the day for passage to St. Peter Port where it is collected from the boat and transferred to the La Vranque sorting office. It is here that all uncancelled mail is franked but with the La Vranque datestamp being used.
The upshot of all this is that, unlike Alderney and Sark which remain as Sub-Post Offices in their own right, the new 34mm datestamp recently issued in Guernsey to the Head Post Office and Sub-Post Offices will not be available to Herm. How long the old Self Inking datestamp will be available for use is open to question.
This month, Jersey Post has also celebrated 50 years of Postal Independence from the British Postal Service. To mark the occasion, they have issued a set of eight commemorative stamps and a prestige booklet entitled “Jersey Post – 50 Years of Postal History, 1969 -2019”. In addition, they are offering a postal history themed “Offer of the Month”.
This takes the form of their 2006 Prestige Booklet “Postal History II – Postal Vehicles” which is available at half price. Usually costing £10.67, this can be obtained for £5.33 during the month of October whilst stocks last.
At the invitation of Guernsey Post, David Winnie, Chairman, was invited to attend a Reception on the 1st October to celebrate 50 years to the day since the Island’s postal service became independent. It was on 1 October 1969 that Guernsey broke away from Great Britain’s General Post Office to stand on its own two feet. A free exhibition to mark the fact is taking place at St. James throughout October. Spread over three floors including the stairway, it features 22 stamp issues that span the last 50 years.
Our Committee Member and local resident, John Triggs, was also in attendance together with his wife, and introduced me to the Chief Executive, Boley Smillie, Bridget Yabsley, Head of Philatelic and Dawn Gallienne, Head of Corporate Engagement who have been busy sorting through the original artwork of half a century’s worth of stamp designs with a view to choosing a selection to represent each decade.
This introduction provided a good opportunity for me to mention that the CISS will be 70 years old in 2020 and to celebrate, a long weekend has been arranged in Guernsey for our members from the 24th – 26th April next year. This was welcomed and Guernsey Post would like to support us with this event so “watch this space”.
The exhibition is well worth a visit and is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm until Thursday 31st October 2019. A free booklet is available to visitors at St. James.
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.