GBPS Programme 2019-2020
Saturday 14th September 2019
Autumn Stampex MeetingBusiness Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington N1 0QH (map)
Tony says "It was the British Navy’s use of aircraft early in the war which precipitated the formation of squadrons of land based armoured cars, the forerunners of the tank. This will be explained. The focus of the display will be the campaign of a division of three such squadrons under the command of Locker Lampson, who fought on the southern boundary of Russia in a show of solidarity with our allies.
In his foreword in a book chronicling this campaign, the Duke of Edinburgh wrote : '..The idea that a party of sailors should take a number of armoured cars to Russia is fairly remarkable in the first place, but for them then to become involved in the drama and confusion of the Bolshevik revolution turns the story from bizarre adventure to a grim struggle for survival'.
This extraordinary campaign is described with postal history items as the thread and brings the military, economic and political aspects of these times into sharp focus, supplemented with additional descriptive material."
Tony Walker FRPSL
Max says: "The RNAS & RFC combined to form the Royal Air Force on 1 April 1918. As the war ended, troop numbers in Eastern France and the army of occupation on the Rhine caused a large increase in mail. To cope with this, the Army Postal Service and RAF joined forces to solve the problem. Bombers, no longer necessary for that purpose, were adapted to carry mail with suitably large baskets being provided by the Postal Stores department to form APO S40 Cologne.
With Demobilisation, ex RAF pilots became involved with civilian companies forming such as AT&T and Handley Page. The government developed an airmail despatch service with various landing grounds or if necessary air drops."
Max says: "When the individual rail companies took back control after WW1 there was unrest with post war conditions of employment and soon it became evident that a strike would be called. The government was well prepared; the despatch service and civilian companies operated an ‘Emergency Air Mail Service’ involving London, Bristol, Birmingham, Newcastle & Glasgow. Flights took place over six days until the strike was settled.
Fewer than 100 covers are known to have survived and the display is an attempt to record all routes and as many flights as possible."
Saturday 12th October 2019Royal Philatelic Society, 15 Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BW (map)
Ken Burr FRPSL
Saturday 19th October 2019
'North East Group' Regional MeetingCavendish Philatelic Auctions Ltd, 153-157 London Rd, Derby DE1 2SY (map)
Saturday 23rd November 2019
'King Edwards Day'Royal Philatelic Society, 15 Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BW (map) (Meeting Notes
This is an opportunity for you Edward collectors out there to bring along some gems from your collection to show to members, be they scarce varieties, errors, usages or whatever. Do you have a new theory to air with your peers? Do you have a problem with which you would like some help? The only restriction for the day is it must be GB King Edward VII or VIII related material.
Please bring along something to show and it would help plan the day if you could email Andy Donaldson (via email@example.com) or ring him on 020 8542 4226 (there is an answerphone if he is unavailable) to let his know how much you plan to bring and the topic.
Wednesday 11th December 2019
Stanley Gibbons Christmas Evening ReceptionStanley Gibbons, 399 Strand, London WC2R 0LX (map) (Meeting Notes
This will be the annual Stanley Gibbons Christmas Evening Reception from 6:00pm-8:00pm at their premises, 399 Strand, London WC2R 0LX. They are good hosts, providing a variety of food and drink as well as generous discounts on their stock on the night.
An invitation from Stanley Gibbons to the event is included within the Nov/Dec mailing. Please remember to RSVP (to S.G. not the GBPS) in good time so they know how many people they are catering for.
Members are invited to bring up to two frames (of 12 sheets per frame in 3 rows of 4 sheets) of material to show during the evening. Please dig out something to bring along, as it is a highlight of the evening to see a mix of material from as many members as possible. As usual, if bringing a display it helps if you can let Andy know ahead of time so he can get a head start on a running order and determine the number of laydowns we will need, so please email or phone.
Saturday 25th January 2020Royal Philatelic Society, 15 Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BW (map)
Saturday 22nd February 2020Royal Philatelic Society, 15 Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BW (map)
Tony Stanford FRPSL
Saturday 21st March 2020Royal Philatelic Society, 15 Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BW (map)
Ray Simpson FRPSL & Karl Louis FRPSL
Saturday 4th April 2020
'North East Group' Regional MeetingBillingham (details of venue to be confirmed)
Saturday 18th April 2020Royal Philatelic Society, 15 Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BW (map)
John Davies FRPSL
Wednesday 6th May 2020
London 2020 MeetingBusiness Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington N1 0QH (map)
Saturday 20th June 2020Royal Philatelic Society, 15 Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BW (map)
Wednesday 12th August 2020
Stanley Gibbons Summer Philatelic GatheringStanley Gibbons, 399 Strand, London WC2R 0LX (map)