Between March 2020 and mid-September 2021, our society went online with regular Zoom meetings. The packet in lockdowns was suspended but since March has circulated very satisfactorily to all concerned, as rising, indeed record, sales indicate.
With a risk-assessment of the Rose Hill Methodist Church Hall and Covid-safe measures in place, like the draught of open doors and windows, the society reopened for business. It was agreed that the society donate £150 to the church’s extra cleaning costs incurred by Covid. A few additional philatelic additions, like signing a register of attendees and not congregating around a specific frame of stamps, added to our safety and built confidence that we can return to some normality.
The first meeting concentrated on AGM business over the past difficult period, the paying of our subscription and some Bringing and Buying. 24 members attended, close to half our membership, including new members gathered during the online displays of the previous months. Your reporter was duly elected as President and Paul Dickinson as VP. With a strong set of officials, the society continues to be in rude health.
After the AGM there was a lot of tea/coffee and biscuits consumed amongst the chat and organised philatelic lucky dip/lucky sort. No matter the country, the period or the theme being collected, the return of the boxes of 5p stamps and 20p covers proved how much many of us have missed a good rummage. Digging and delving, getting your eye in and spotting, picking and choosing nuggets of paper is a satisfying skill!
At the next meeting, having missed his opportunity to show his own Presidential display during the earlier part of the year’s lockdown, David Potts presented, Austria since 1933: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous? Ranging from the noted charity stamps to contemporary corporate sponsorships, and with a handout to accompany the very model of a measured, interesting talk, we were all grateful for a real three-dimensional display.
The society looks forward to a full, exciting, in person, normal season ahead, with Zoom as our backup if we need to.
Dr Simon Heap