Society News


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


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 and click on ‘Rolling News’.

Herm Island Postal Arrangements

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.

David Winnie