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- Antigua and Barbuda
- British POs Abroad
- Cayman Islands
- Greater Antilles
- Leeward Islands
- Netherlands WI & Suriname
- Saint Kitts Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent
- Thematics etc
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks Caicos Is
- Virgin Islands
Delighted to be able to advise you all that our 2023 Conference is now booked. It will take place at Weybourne House, Hitherbury Close, Guildford GU2 4PR.
Delegates will be invited to arrive for 2 pm on Saturday 14th and there is free secure overnight parking for up to 50 cars. The draft programme is as follows:
2.00pm Arrival Refreshments available
3.00pm 'Share, show and tell' in the bar: Nothing formal but attendees will be encouraged to bring albums etc and to arrange meet ups with other members.
4.00pm Committee Meeting to decide awards etc
5.00pm people walk or taxi to local hotels (an 8 minute walk into Guildford centre where there is a selection of hotels. The Mandolay Hotel has agreed to offer discounts if more than 12 people book rooms quoting BWISC
6.00pm bar open at Weybourne House for pre dinner drinks and meet ups
7.30pm 3 course dinner c£30/person (will accommodate dietary intolerances)
Bar will remain open after the dinner
Up to 6 stall holders will be invited to attend and there is room for them to be in the same area as the theatre style seating and tables for presentations and displays (on one side where there is a dance floor) Charge for attendance £25 including lunch and coffee. Dealers also welcome to join us for dinner on Saturday if they pay for their meal.
9.00am start with 16 page displays by members
10.00am refreshment break
1030 am Keynote speaker. Andrew Fowles has accepted our invitaton to make a presentation on Jamaica.
12.30pm soup and baguette sandwich lunch at c£10/person (will accommodate dietary intolerances)
2.00pm Member and guest presentations - with a mid afternoon break
Need to leave by 6.30 pm
North America Events See APS Events Calendar
August 8 to 11 2023 Great American Stamp Show 2023 Cleveland, OH https://stamps.org/great-american-stamp-show
UK Events See ABPS list
27 – 30 September 2023 Autumn STAMPEX 2023
In order to reduce stock of books held, several publications have been reduced in price - See publications page.
Early BWI Covers Perkins Bacon Adhesives – Barbados
Compiled by Peter Ford FRPSL; Letter size, perfect bound (softback), (vi) + 236 pages
Price: £28; BWISC Members’ Discount £2.
The original idea of recording as many covers as came on to the market must go to Michael Hamilton; his listing of philatelic events and covers posted at the time is a goldmine!
The next plaudit must go to Fitz Roett; from his lair in deepest Alberta, he has over the years amassed a fine collection of items from the island of Barbados. In 2013, he collaborated with that fine philatelist, the late Charles Freeland FRPSL and Peter Longmuir to produce a book entitled ‘BARBADOS –The Britannia Issues’.
The list that follows emanates mainly from these two sources. Other collectors have contributed as well and I list their names in alphabetical order: Graham Booth FRPSL, Jonathan Guy, Joseph Hackmey RDP FRPSL, Christopher Harman RDP Hon FRPSL, Stefan Heijtz FRPSL, Michael Medlicott FRPSL, Michael Rego, Simon Richards FRPSL, Ray Stanton, Richard Stupples and Takashi Yoshida FRPSL; all of these collectors have fine collections of Barbados covers.
Acknowledgement must also go to dealers and auction houses who have generously supplied me with high resolution scans of covers in their keep. These have been noted beneath the illustrations.
As with all these lists, it is a work in progress and we do not expect that we have listed all covers; others will no doubt exist and we would hope that collectors seeing this list will add to it with items we have failed to record.
The Untold Story of the Lady McLeod by Susan Taylor (December 2021).
This well researched book delves inside the prized Lady McLeod covers, untangling the family and business history that seeded their existence. It gives a detailed account of the Lady McLeod Steamer. The study takes a closer look at the contents of Lady McLeod letters, and raises questions about their markings. It links David Bryce, Alexander Taylor, Edward Bacon, James Graham Taylor and even King George V to the Covers, describing the stamp enthusiasts and forgers of the time. Readers are transported to Glasgow and Trinidad in the 1800s, where merchants using the steamer for communications, ran their businesses. There is also an updated census of the covers. A fascinating read for philatelists and a ‘must’ for any cover owner.
With sadness, we report that Chris May, former Treasurer of the BWISC (1993-1998).
He was a collector of Leeward Islands.
Chris's funeral will take place on 29 March at 12 noon, St Mary's Church, Liss
Nick Statup says:
You will be interested to know that we have Charles Freeland’s collection. This will be appearing in our 29 March Stamps and Covers of the World auction.
I must say that it is probably the best collection that I have dealt with. Apart from the Missing Virgin, he pretty much has everything.
West Indies Philatelic Study Group
The WIPSG was formed on 1 Jan 2023 when the BWISC and BCPSG societies merged.
The transition of all aspects will take a few months and in the interim period the previous society names will need to continue for certain functions.
British West Indies Study Circle History
The BWISC was formed in 1954 by Philip Saunders.
British Caribbean Philatelic Study Group History
The BCPSG was formed in 1961 by Bob Topaz, Reg Lant and Al Johnson.
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