Hastings and East Sussex Philatelic Society

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ON April 3 the society played host to The Cinque Ports Philatelic Society, of Folkestone.

Four of their number gave an interesting and varied display for the 18 Hastings members present. Roger Dickinson, Canada; Barry Knight, The Orient Express; Alan Rye, Cigar Bands, (a first for the club!); Paul Cahill completing the evening with a part of his Aircraft thematic collection.

On Thursday, April 17 society members were treated to a superb display by Stampex Gold Medal winner, Brian Stalker.

Entitled, Newfoundland Coastal Steamers, Brian explained how, in a land which is mostly a rugged frozen wilderness, a railway was constructed but little used. The only logical solution, a fleet of steamers, built on the Clyde, operated by the Reid family, (they also operated the railway).

The communities of Newfoundland dotted around the coast, were linked by this fleet, (when frozen seas allowed), a postal officer on each vessel, therefore TPO cancels, Brian displayed a comprehensive collection of these, some extremely scarce.

On Wednesday, April 23 the society maintained its link with The Romney Marsh Society. This annual get together, held at Rye Community Centre, was well-attended, two members of each society displayed. After a refreshment break, an asuction took place.

On Thursday, May 15 is the society’s Annual General Meeting, which also includes an auction.

Meetings usually take place on the first and third Thursdays of the month at the John Taplin Centre, Healey House, Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards. Guests are always welcome, further details from Tony Calton 01424 434496.