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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
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.