All posts by pmmorris2014

Simon reports on OPS autumn Meetings:

Oxford PS

In October the energetic David Rye presented Costumes on Stamps. November saw members show off their new acquisitions, including Albania, Nicaragua, Russia, French Post Office at Zanzibar, and Nigeria and NZ covers to Joan the Wad. Simon Richards proudly showed off his medal acquisitions from Germany exhibitions: firstly at Gotha and secondly, a weighty, impressive Silver [only Gold, Silver and Bronze awarded] medal from Sindelfingen. A meeting on transport gave a chance for members to show off bicycles, airships, trams, trains, animal transport, TPOs, ships, paquebot, planes, river boats, and a range of motor vehicles from across the globe. In December, the Society had a convivial Christmas Lunch at a new venue in Oxford, complete with Chairman’s speech and quiz. Our last meeting of 2015 was devoted to the letter ‘G’, and members showed off Germany, Gibraltar, British PO abroad letters to Genoa, Greece, Ghana, GB Graphite stamps of 1957-60, and King Ghazi of Iraq, amongst many excellent displays, even Guineaworm and God!
Simon Heap


Simon Heap Reports…New Season opens with BBC2 visit!

Ending the 2014-15 programme, Tony Stafford gave an excellent display on the British Salonika Force of half-a-million men operating in the First World War and beyond. 200,000 soldiers died, but only a small proportion in battle. The new season kicked off with the important business of paying our subs and collecting our 2015-16 programme booklets, while in the background a Silent Auction was held.

I am happy to report that member Alan Hughes has completed his extensive research into our 125 year history. We hope to sure the fruits of his labours in the coming months, including in a future issue of ABPS.

In early October, members displayed material on Canada. A team from BBC2 were present to film member Vic Thorpe as part of their forthcoming documentary on Generation Lifestyles.

1510-Oxford Photo for ABPS

ABPS Summer 2015…Simon reports on OPS activities

Oxford PS

OPS9Pages 043

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;

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

Oxford Philatelic Society’s History

Founded in 1890 (the same year as Leeds, Manchester, and Brighton and Sussex philatelic societies), the Oxford Philatelic Society is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2015.

As part of our celebrations, we are researching the Society’s development over the last century-and-a-quarter. The present-day Oxford PS is in rude health, growing its membership, and it would be great to add to our knowledge of our Society’s long and rich history.

We seek more information, papers and ephemera from any period of the Society’s history.

If you can assist, then please contact our Researcher, Alan Hughes, 3 Moody Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 0DH:

ABPS News, Spring 2015…Simon reports on OPS

[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:

Dr Simon Heap

BBC Radio Oxford 15th January…Stamp discussion

Cristina Parry, BBC Oxford producer, invited David Potts to talk about stamp collecting in the light of the new issue of Alice in Wonderland stamps. Here are the details of David’s radio piece.
Move the slider along:
Start: 1 hour 34 minutes
End: 1 hour 41 minutes

Grahame Baker-Smith, who designed the Alice stamps, was interviewed earlier: Start:1 hour 12 minutes, End 1 hour 19 minutes

Then Philip Parker, head of Royal Mail Stamp Strategy, was interviewed about how stamps are commissioned: Start: 1 hour 25 minutes, End: 1hour 31 minutes

This broadcast will be available until14th February 2015

Welcome to Oxford Philatelic Society’s Website

If this is your first visit to our site, please look at “ABOUT OPS” on the top menu of permanent pages. These have been copied from our old website (items in alphabetical order!). The News page may be updated occasionally, or we may decide to use the blog-facility on this page. Other pages may be amended occasionally or updated annually. Your attention will be drawn to any matters of importance on this opening screen. Bear in mind that the full potential of this site has not yet been discovered!! Notice the links now added to the left hand side…click on them and go!

[April 2016…The blogs and links may now appear underneath any page that you have opened, instead of on the LHS (scroll down to read them). If you prefer the other setting (I do!) then press key F11]