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 www.allaboutstamps.co.uk/stamp-festival. 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.

Guernsey Joint RPSL/CISS Meeting Programme 2020 (Amended)

The dates for the Guernsey members of the RPSL/CISS group are as follows: July 31st, August 28th, September 25th, October 30th and November 27th. All meetings are Friday evenings between 7pm and 9pm. The July meeting will be held in the St Sampson Suite, Peninsula Hotel, Guernsey. The meetings for the rest of 2020 will be held in the Andrew Mitchell Library at Les Cotils, St Peter Port. If you are on Guernsey why not go along. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE FOR AUGUST 2020 AND BEYOND.

Forces Postal History Society Free Journal Download

The Forces Postal History Society (FPHS) has provided me with the following statement.

“During these difficult times we have made the decision to make our current journal available to the widest philatelic audience possible, free of charge. We hope that your membership can make use of this facility which is available as a download from the FPHS website front page at http://www.forcespostalhistorysociety.org.uk

Richard Flemming, Secretary

Auction Lots and Prices Realized – a new link to the CISS.uk website

With the help of Nick Stuart (CISS Auctioneer) and Ed Martin (CISS Webmaster) a new link to the Auction section has been added that allows members to view previous CISS Auctions and the prices realized for each lot sold in that auction.

So if you were not the lucky winner of that special lot you can now see how much the lot actually was sold for, which may help you with bidding for similar lots in future CISS auctions.

All you have to do is log in to the CISS.uk website, click on “Auctions” in the menu options and then click on “Auctions Archive” where you will see images of lots from the last four auctions (NS9 – NS12) together with the hammer price.

Liberation of Biberach

If you’ve clicked on the “News” section of this website you will see a sub-heading titled “Liberation of Biberach”. If you open this section you will see a recent Guernsey Press newspaper article dated 23rd April 2020 about the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Biberach internment camp. If you have any similar material/article(s) about the Biberach internment camp and you would like it/them to be included in this section then please email me a scan of article/item to secretary@ciss.uk


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, social isolation and the closure of the Royal Philatelic Society London, the Executive Committee has taken the decision to cancel the AGM that was to be held on 11th July 2020. We will hold the AGM as soon as it becomes feasible to do so.



To all C.I.S.S. Members,

Following the recent government advice about the impact the Covid-19 virus is having upon the United Kingdom and the notice issued by the Association of British Philatelic Societies (ABPS) stating that all society meetings should be postponed or cancelled until the 30th April, it is with understandable regret that it has been agreed with the Chairman that the  forthcoming C.I.S.S. Members’ Weekend in Guernsey, that would have been held 24th – 26th April, is cancelled forthwith. The committee will also look at what future action will be required for the C.I.S.S. Annual General Meeting in July and beyond, as the ABPS also recommends that all member societies postpone or cancel all meetings until September 2020.

 I have contacted the Peninsula Hotel this morning regarding individual room bookings, and I have been informed that members will still have to pay the one-night non-refundable deposit. However, the hotel is waving its cancellation fees for any other nights booked. The committee appreciates that this will have cost implications on individuals and recommends that members make claims through their travel insurance policy to see if they can reclaim the non-refundable deposit.

IMPORTANT: Individuals will have to contact the Peninsula Hotel (01481 248400) and ask for Becky in Reservations in order to cancel their room booking. The C.I.S.S. cannot do this for you.

If travelling by Condor Ferries, please go to the Coronovirus section and read Customers with bookings until 30th April 2020 information which gives you three options of what to do with your booking. If travelling by air, please visit your own airline’s website for further details.

Gerald Marriner has informed me that the proposed room auction that was to be held as part of the Guernsey Weekend will now be combined with the postal auction. Closing date has yet to be determined but will be towards the end of April, with the auction list being sent to all members in due course.

Difficult times lay ahead for us all. Take care and stay safe.

Richard Flemming


Channel Islands Specialists’ Society


Twenty members and three guests attended the CISS 2020 Annual Competitions Day at the new Royal Philatelic Society building in Abchurch Lane. Alan Moorcroft, Competition Secretary, was delighted with the sixteen entries received across a range of competition classes, which were being judged by Graham Winters.

Whilst Graham and Alan were busy with sorting the competition entries out, the room auction was taking place, with some sixty-nine lots going under the hammer. In all total realized was £950, with 55% of the lots selling at or above their reserve. Following lunch, Graham provided members with an in-depth critique of competition entries, looking at strengths and weakness of each entry. This was then followed by four non-competitive displays provided by Olaf Beckeen, Gerald Marriner, Steve Wells and Simon Burke.

David Winnie, winner of Traditional Class trophy, with CISS President, Gerald Marriner.
Graham Winters providing feedback on competition entries
Left – right: Nick Stuart, Alan Whittaker and Bryan Elliston receive their 2019 certificates from CISS President, Gerald Marriner
Bryan Elliston, winner of ‘Previous Winners’ trophy with CISS President, Gerald Marriner
Robert Shaw, winner of the Ephemera /Open Class trophy with CISS President, Gerald Marriner
Ron Brown, winner of the Postal History trophy, with CISS President, Gerald Marriner