Notice of C.I.S.S. Annual General Meeting Saturday, 5th December 2020

As Secretary of the Channel Islands Specialists’ Society I hereby give notice of the Society’s Annual General Meeting that will be held via Zoom conferencing on Saturday, 5th December 2020 commencing at 11.00am (GMT).

Please use the links below to access the Agenda and two proposed amendments to the Society’s Rules.

AGM Agenda 5 December 2020

Please find the proposed amendments here:

Amendment to Rules 8(b) and 8(c)

Amendment to Rule 9

You will find the Zoom login details at the bottom of the Agenda. If you wish to attend the meeting will you please inform the Secretary at so we know how many will be present at the meeting. If you have any problems please contact me.

If any member wishes to stand for any of the Society’s Full Committee positions they will will need to provide me with their name, position they wish to stand for, name of proposer and name of seconder on, or before, the 28th November 2020.

Richard Flemming, Secretary

Guernsey’s Main Town post office is on the move.

The main town post office situated in Smith Street is to close in the Spring of next year and will be operated from two Co-op stores.

The outlet in the Markets will be modernised and will become the main town post office, offering traditional post office counter services from its four counters, including a self-service kiosk. The Markets post office will also offer Guernsey Post’s collectable philatelic items. The second post office will open at the Co-op’s Terrace store, and will be the hub for business services, including PO boxes.

Talk by Gerald Marriner on the Disruption of the Mail Services during the Occupation of the Channel Islands 1940-1945

On Thursday 12th November 2020, the Society’s President, Gerald Marriner, gave a presentation on the subject of the disruption to mail services during the occupation of the Channel Islands.

This was a live event hosted by the Royal Philatelic Society London on Zoom. Gerald presented to an international audience of 130 people (from 13 countries), including 27 members of the CISS.

A video recording was made of the event, and this can be viewed on YouTube. The address for the video is

Death of C.I.S.S. Treasurer, Robert Porter

It is with deep regret that I inform you of the death of our Society Treasurer, Robert Porter. Robert passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, 14th October from cancer. Robert joined the society in 1988 and served as Treasurer from 1999 until his death. I am sure that you will join with me in passing on our condolences to his wife, Pauline, and family.

Richard Flemming




  • This is the first comprehensive history of aviation in the Channel Islands
  • Every known flight to, or within the Islands recorded and illustrated
  • Biographies of the aviators and other famous characters involved
  • OVER 1100 original photographs and images from the author’s own lifetime collections illustrate the two volumes
  • Size A4, soft cover
  • Volume 1: The Dawn to 1933 consists of 278 pages (ISBN: 978-1-8382059-0-4)
  • Volume 2: 1934 – 1947 consists of 306 pages (ISBN: 978-1-8382059-1-1)

Both volumes are priced at £30 each plus £5 post and package per volume. Overseas buyers will pay the appropriate overseas postage rate.

SPECIAL OFFER FOR CISS MEMBERS: Each volume priced at £25 plus £5 post and package. BUY BOTH VOLUMES AT A SPECIAL PRICE OF £40 plus £5 post and package per volume. Overseas members to pay the normal overseas postage rate. REMEMBER TO QUOTE YOUR CISS MEMBERSHIP NUMBER.

To order contact or write to Richard Flemming, 64 Falconers Green, Burbage, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 2SX, United Kingdom.


Due to the current UK Government Covid-19 pandemic guidelines the committee took the decision to move the Members Weekend, due to be held in April to the 23rd – 25th July 2021. Venue remains the same: The Three Swans Hotel, Market Harborough. As this weekend meeting was very close to the April AGM, it has been decided to move the AGM to September 2021. For further details regarding actual dates of the 2021 meetings programme please look on the “Programmes” page of the website.


Due to the continuing situation with the Covid-19 pandemic and the Society unable to hold its Annual General Meeting on the 11th July as intended, it has been agreed by the Executive Committee to cancel the Members Meeting due to be held on Saturday, 5th December 2020 and hold the Annual General Meeting via Zoom conferencing on that date instead.

Information regarding the AGM, including login details, will be made available in due course on this webpage (an email will be sent notifying you when available). If you wish to join the AGM via Zoom conferencing please ensure that you have the latest version of Zoom downloaded on to your computer, tablet or mobile phone. You will need to be able to access audio and video screen on your computer, tablet and/or mobile phone to join in with the meeting.


Following yesterday’s Full Committee, held using Zoom conferencing, it was decided to cancel the September 26, 2020 members’ meeting that was due to be held at the Royal Philatelic Society London (RPSL). This decision was taken due to the current Covid-19 pandemic situation and the uncertainty as to when the RPSL will be fully open for society meetings.

Please watch this page for information regarding the December 2020 meeting.

Stamp Collector magazine “Summer of Stamps Festival” 9th July – 18th August 2020

The Stamp Collector magazine is holding a month-long virtual “Summer of Stamps Festival” on its website from 9th July until 18th August. I am pleased to inform members that the Channel Islands Specialists’ Society is one of the featured societies represented in this Festival. To view the society’s listing please log-in to Click on “Featured Societies” and scroll down through the pages to find The Channel Islands Specialists’ Society entry for the Festival. Enjoy.
Keep safe. Keep healthy.