[This issue had our Christmas Party photograph on the front cover!]
The society has gained six new members over the last few months, bringing total membership close to 70. As Oxford looks forward to its 125th anniversary coming up in 2015, all the membership received a note of appreciation and a badge, courtesy of the Ursula Golding Bequest. Oxford also administers the Stan Taylor Fund aimed at young stamp collectors and was happy to transfer a third £1,000 payment to Stamp Active and be acknowledged in the latest Stamp Fun – All at Sea album.
The season started with a brisk Silent Auction. Well-attended morning meetings were held on the Mediterranean and Flags/Heraldry. Malcolm Barton and Kim Stuckey of Bath and Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group provided a superb evening on the Falkland Islands. The diverse collecting interests of our membership made sure the ‘Letter S’ meeting produced a variety of displays from Sardinia, Shanghai, and Singapore, to Snakes, Spitfires, and Specimens, and lots of other ‘S’s in between. Now a regular and welcome fixture in our programme, the Christmas lunch was enjoyed by all. Oxford’s meetings are at the Methodist Church, Rose Hill, Oxford, OX4 4HS. We have a new website: https://oxfordphilatelicsociety.wordpress.com/
Dr Simon Heap