A message to advise you that the latest September WIPSG Journal is now available on line. https://wipsg.org/west-indies-philately-downloads
Well Summer is moving into Autumn and our Guildford Convention on 14 and 15 October is not far away. We are looking forward to a most enjoyable event. Already, presentations are booked relating to the Virgin Islands. Barbados, Montserrat, the Cayman Islands, Trinidad and Anguilla. Those are all in addition to Andrew Fowles’s eagerly anticipated keynote presentation on Jamaica. It’s not too late if you plan to show a display. We are especially looking for 16-page silent displays for the Sunday morning. So, if you are someone who prefers not to present but who has something interesting to share please let us know, and bring it along.
If you have not already done so please book your attendance at the event. Here is the link https://wipsg.org/2023-convention We are hoping that the Convention Dinner on the Saturday evening will be well attended. It is always a good opportunity to catch up on everyone’s news.
The WIPSG held an informal gathering at the Great American Stamp Show which serves as the annual meeting of three of the largest philatelic organisations in the U.S., the APS (American Philatelic Society), ATA (American Topical Association), and the AFDCS (American First Day Cover Society). Many other philatelic organisations participated in the show, with a booth and/or meetings and seminars.
Among the dealers at the show were several with some great West Indies material: George Holschauer from the Colonial Stamp Company, Gary DuBro from Compustamp, David Morrison, and Willard Allman.
Included in the Court of Honor exhibits were Bahamas from the Collection of Louis Bradbury – Royal Philatelic of London and Grenada Postal Stationery – Simon Richards. The Champion of Champions exhibits included Danish West Indies Foreign Mail to UPU – Matthew W. Kewriga.
Two articles from the BCPSG journal won awards as well. John Seidl’s full report, with pictures is on the website. Here is the link: https://wipsg.org/wp-content/uploads/West-Indies-at-the-Great-American-Stamp-Show-2023.pdf
As a member of the ABPS (Ass of British Philatelic Societies) we have been asked to publicise their latest magazine available on https://www.abps.org.uk/magazines
When did you last purchase a good philatelic book?
If you collect Grenada and haven’t yet read Michael Rego’s ‘Grenada Postal and Social History’ you are missing something good! Order your copy from Pennymead Books.
Jazad Ali has published ‘The Stamp Cancelling Machine Slogan Postmarks of Trinidad and Tobago 1923-2023’. Look out for Michael Medlicott’s review of this excellent publication in the next journal. It can be purchased from firstname.lastname@example.org acting on behalf of the Philatelic Society of Trinidad and Tobago.
‘Anguilla’s Quest for Identity-the Philatelic Story’ by Susan Taylor, Julian Waldron and Graham Stockdale is off to the printers this week and will be available at the conference or from Pennymead Books in mid-October. There is an article about the book in the September Journal.
Sending you all kind regards
Susan Taylor Secretary
AGM Reports and Minutes can be viewed here
Auction results and unsold offers can be viewed here
June Journal now online here and will be in the post shortly (you need to log in to access)
Zoom meeting display on Sunday 21 May at 7pm BST - see details below.
West Indies Philatelic Study Group is inviting you to our first Zoom meeting display on 21 May 2023 at 7pm BST
James Podger: West Indies Postal History A to V (Antigua to Virgin Islands).
A tour around the West Indies with pre-stamp, Ship Letters, GB used abroad, Crown Circles and early adhesive use.
Click this link to join:
Meeting ID: 823 6904 1377 Passcode: 002363
If you cannot watch live we intend to post subsequently to our new YouTube channel at:
Three important reminders:
1. If you intend to bid for items in the WIPSG Auction on Saturday 29 April, but cannot be at the Royal in person then please visit
https://wipsg.org/auction to review the list and place your bids.
(Those of you with a keen eye for detail may have noticed a typo on the catalogue - it wrongly said Saturday 28th)
2. All members were provided with a copy of the new WIPSG Constitution. It can also be accessed on https://wipsg.org/wp-content/uploads/Society_WIPSG/WIPSG_Constitution_20230403.pdf If you are not attending the AGM on 29 April please send your vote accepting or rejecting the Constitution to email@example.com It will help me if you just make your email title 'Constitution Yes' or 'Constitution No', but clearly if you have objections to the proposed wording please put the details in your email.
3. Please click on https://wipsg.org/wp-content/uploads/Convention/WIPSG_Convention_2023_Flyer.pdf to review details of the WIPSG Convention on 14/15 October and make a booking!
Other news ...for those of you in Scotland
Best wishes for a Happy Easter everyone!
Our First West Indies Philately Journal has been posted out
We hope you enjoyed reading it. Please do consider writing an article yourself. If you are nervous about doing this on your own contact Susan Taylor, Secretary, who will put you into contact with someone who may be able to help, As you will have seen on the new website, we are re-establishing the country study groups, which should help this process. Members with paperless membership (who have not already done so) should log in and download the journal from https://wipsg.org/west-indies-philately-downloads
Some members will be aware that unfortunately Peter has been unwell and in hospital. His family have asked us to relieve Peter of his current duties for the time being. Paul Farrimond has kindly offered to proof-read the Journal. If any of our members is willing to step forward to help with editing books, we would be most grateful for your assistance.
Your action is needed
The attached message was posted to all 400 members of the newly formed West Indies Philatelic Study Group in February. It included:
- A request that all members log into their account on the new wipsg.org website and instructions about how to do so. We need you to check and update your details. In particular we need you to confirm your Data Protection position, as this is legally required.
- A reminder to pay your membership dues if you have not already done so
IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE ABOVE ITEMS OUTSTANDING PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW.
Annual General Meeting and Auction on 29 April at the RPSL
We are hoping for a good turnout on 29 April. You are welcome to view Auction Lots from 11.30 am onwards. The AGM will take place at 1.00pm and the Auction will commence immediately afterwards at 1.30pm. Those of you unable to attend but wishing to bid for items should check the website for details on how to do so.
The WIPSG Convention
Delegates are invited to arrive for 2 pm on Saturday. The programme is as follows:
2.00pm Arrival Refreshments available
3.00pm 'Share, show and tell' in the bar: Nothing formal but attendees are 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. You must make your own hotel booking.
6.00pm bar open at Weybourne House for pre-dinner drinks and meet ups
7.30pm 3 course dinner c£35/person
Bar will remain open after the dinner. Taxis or walk back to hotels
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.
9.00am start with 16 page displays by members
10.00am refreshment break
10.30 am Keynote Speaker Andrew Fowles (Jamaica Title to be confirmed}
12.30pm soup and baguette sandwich lunch available at c£10/person
2.00pm Member and guest presentations - with a mid-afternoon break
Need to leave by 6.30 pm
Non WIPSG member collectors of Caribbean Stamps have been invited to join us on Sunday 15th October, by applying for a ticket at an inclusive rate of £20 (soup and baguette lunch and coffee) – so if you know of a friend who may be interested in attending, please do let them know about this arrangement.
A Meeting in Hartford, USA in August 2024?
A number of our newly members from America have asked whether we shall be having meetings there. The answer is ‘yes certainly’, but we shall need your support to do so. Susan Taylor (Secretary) John Jordan, and John Seidl, all Committee members are willing to host a meeting at the 'Great American Stamp Show' 15-18 August in Hartford, Cleveland in 2024. It will be costly for Susan and John to fly across the Atlantic at their own expense so they want to be sure that about 30 members will attend. Please email Susan on firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested and willing to put your name onto the list. In addition to this, if any members are interested in setting up local hub meetings, please contact Susan with details of what you have in mind.
Separate addendum re 'Your action is needed'
All Members please log into your new West Indies Philatelic Study Group account to check it.
To log in go to https://wipsg.org
Click on ‘Log In’ (top right of screen)
Enter your email address in the ‘Username/Email’ Box
Then enter your password and ‘Log In’ …if this fails to get you in email Susan (as above) and she will be able to assist.
Click on the ‘View/Amend your details’ box (top right of screen)
Check all of your details, but in particular the GDPR permission box and the GDPR date box (put in the date on which you agree to the society holding your data)
Tick the box if you wish to receive email updates from the society (which are usually a maximum six times a year)
Check your address and all other personal details, adding or amending as you wish
The click on the ‘Update’ at the end of the form
Please pay your membership fees if you have not already done so
We have been updating and merging our records and at this time, when many of you are about to renew your membership, wanted to ask whether any of you who currently order a paper copy of the Journal might prefer to go 'paperless’? This has the advantage for you that it is cheaper, and more environmentally friendly. It also helps the society since it saves some now hefty postal charges. If, like me, you are attached to the experience of reading your paper version by the fireside, in bed, or even in the bath...then that's fine. We'll keep posting you them...but you could print a copy out at home? Please think about it. There is a link on the WIPSG site that makes it easy for you to pay your fees. Those of you who are sharp eyed may notice that the ROW fee, listed as $35 on the last communication has been corrected to $30