ABPS Summer 2015…Simon reports on OPS activities

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Oxford Competition Winners (l to r): Colin Davies, Alan Cowie, David Potts and Mike Payne

Having being judged earlier in the year, April saw displays of our society’s thirteen 9-page competition entries. Colin Davies (GB Unperforated Line Engraved Stamps), David Potts (Fundraising Stamps of Austro-Hungary, 1906-14), Alan Cowie (Business Mail ex Japan: WW2 pre-Pearl Harbour), and Mike Payne (Turtles – an Endangered Species) are pictured with their cups and shields as winners of their classes.

Bill Jackson displayed Ireland for his President’s Evening in May. Laced with some excellent funny stories from the country, it was a presentation which both informed and entertained.

Our well-attended AGM proved a lively two hours of information and discussion. It saw Stephen Marks become our President. Alan Hughes gave a tantalising glimpse into the emerging history of the society he is conducting into our 125 year history. If any reader has any information, papers or ephemera from any period of the society’s history, then please contact him: 3 Moody Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 0DH; hughesam1@talk21.com

In July, Maidenhead Philatelic Society provided a very pleasant evening of four diverse displays on the Gulf, Nigeria, Catapult Mail and Blenheim Palace.

Every Oxford meeting begins with a vigorous bring and buy session: it is amazing how albums of priced stamps and boxes of covers can excite the membership. With fellow members looking out for things which others collect, it is a core activity which binds us together.

Simon Heap