Hastings and East Sussex Philatelic Society

With the society’s 91st season well under way there is much to report.

The visiting speakers so far have been of very fine quality and Angella Reilly, our programme secretary, is to be congratulated on her selection once again.

The season commenced with a members night on September 4, followed by President’s night with an auction on September 18. New Zealand King George 6th to the present was the subject of a very fine display by Brian Stonestreet on October 16.

Thursday, November 6, competition night, saw John Wright sweep the board winning the Mackenzie-Lowe Cup with his George 6th Canadian booklets. Second was Alan Buckle with his entry entitled, Mozambique Trading Company. John won the Postal History cup with Early Canada, second in this competition, John Priestly with Brazil.

Judging the competitions, distinguished philatelist and international competition winner, Peter Cockburn, occupied the rest of the evening displaying the British Military Administration in Malaya.

This was classic material from the philatelic top drawer, most of it very rare, some unique, such as a first day cover, (only one known), a forged 50cent green stamp, the colour derived from crushed grass. First flight covers, prisoner of war mail and communication on a mutiny were all explained to an enthralled audience.

On November 20 the society was entertained by Josh Spoor, with his display Sussex in the Air. This traced the history of early flight in Sussex, Cecil Pashley taught himself to fly at Brooklands, he moved to Shoreham to train pilots for the First World War.

Shoreham became one of the nine original UK airfields, (now the oldest operational airfield). On the outbreak of the Second World War, Shoreham became London Airport as Croydon was closed, various European airlines used the airfield, for as long as commercial flights were possible. All aspects of Sussex aviation was illustrated with postcards, mail that passed through Shoreham, leaflets on air displays and races, plus photographs and correspondence from famous aviators.

On December 18 the club has its Christmas social, which includes an auction and (light-hearted) single-sheet competition. all are welcome to attend, new members and guests always welcome. The society meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month at Healey House, Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards. More details available from Tony Calton on 01424 434496.