Hastings and East Sussex Philatelic Society

AS the local stamp club news, it seems appropriate to mention the loss of a facility, much valued by the philatelists and stamp collectors of Hastings and further afield. I refer to the Crown Post Office, in Cambridge Road.

This is not intended as political comment, much has been written on that elsewhere. More a lament, for the end of a source of GB stamps and collectables for many people, society members, local people and visitors to the town. Sadness that, friendly, helpful people, who have been of great assistance to all these customers, over many years, now face an uncertain future.

March meetings have been well-attended, the 6th, Competition night, saw three entries for the Thematic competition, all of high standard. Allan Buckle judged the winner, with his entry on David Livingstone. Angela Reilly finished runner-up with James Paine third. The competition judge, Jim Etherington, then entertained us with ‘1940, a bad year for Britain’.

All aspects of the first year of the Second World War, and its effects on the population, both at home and in the forces, illustrated with censorship items, postcards and all types of mail of the period. The 20th was memorable, being the first bourse held at the club for several years. All who took part thought the evening a success, which will probably lead to a repeat next season.

Meetings at the Taplin Centre for April are on Thursday, April 17, Brian Stalker brings to the club, his display of Newfoundland Coastal Mail Steamers. The April programme also includes visits to The Ashford Society, on April 7 and on Wednesday, April 23, the society’s annual evening with the Romney Marsh Society, at Rye.

The society meets at 7.15pm at The John Taplin Day Centre, Healey House, Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards.

For further details contact Tony Calton on 01424 434496.