All Go for Members’ Meeting, 4th December 2021.

 I am pleased to inform you that the Royal Philatelic Society London has confirmed with me this morning that, despite the outbreak of the new Covid-19 variant, all meetings being held at the Royal for the foreseeable future will go ahead as planned. Please be reminded that the latest government guidelines request that you wear facemasks when inside buildings, etc. You may also wish to do a lateral flow test too, prior to arrival at the Royal.
I have also received notification this lunchtime that the lift at the Royal is currently out of action and may be so this Saturday. It has been confirmed with me that, because we will be using the Royal’s Zoom equipment at 2.00pm, our meeting will be held on the second floor, so please be mindful for those of you intending to be at the Royal in person that you will probably need to climb a few stairs.


Reminder for the Members’ Meeting, 4th December 2021

Just a reminder to members that if you cannot attend the members’ meeting at the Royal Philatelic Society London, 15 Abchurch Lane, EC4N 7BW on Saturday, 4th December, then you may wish to view the two main displays of the afternoon via Zoom, starting at 2.00pm (14.00) GMT prompt. For further information please see the notice published on the ‘News’ page at www.ciss.uk dated 31st October. You will need to login with your password to access the Zoom login details.

For those members attending in person, you may want to bring along a display (up to 24 sheets). The theme for the day is “Letters Q, R and/or S”

Regards, Richard Flemming, Secretary


NEW SUBSCRIPTION RATES FOR 2022

At the Annual General Meeting on 25 September 2021, revised levels of subscriptions were agreed for future years, beginning with 2022. These new subscription rates are shown in the table below.

ResidencyANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION RATES (in pounds sterling)
UK and Channel IslandsMember aged over 18, £15; or if choosing electronic copy of quarterly Journal, £10; Junior (under 18), £1.
Europe and Rest of WorldMember aged over 18, £20; or if choosing an electronic copy of the Journal, £10; Junior (under 18), £1

Will members please note that these new rates are applicable for 1st January 2022. Further details will be available in the December 2021 Les Iles Normandes journal.


WHY NOT JOIN THE DECEMBER’S MEMBERS MEETING via ZOOM

As part of the forthcoming 4th December 2021 Members Meeting, for those members who are unable to attend the Royal Philatelic Society London in person, arrangements have been put in place with the ‘Royal’ for members to view the afternoon’s two displays in person via Zoom.

David Winnie, Chairman, will be providing a display titled “The Post Office in Sark” and Richard Flemming, Secretary, will be providing a display titled “Routes and Rates for Channel Islands Mail into and out of the Channel Islands”.

Each display will last approximately 30 – 45 minutes. The afternoon Zoom session will commence at 14.00hrs GMT.

We hope that as many members from home and overseas will be able to attend.


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 2022

Dates and Programme for 2022

Please note that dates for 2022 meetings are subject to the UK Government’s Covid-19 guidelines.

Please note, unless stated otherwise, all Members Meetings will be held at the Royal Philatelic Society London, 15 Abchurch Lane, London, EC4N 7BW. All meetings commence at 11.00am.

5th February 2022 Annual Competition Day

22nd – 24th April 2022 Members Weekend Meeting at The Three Swans, Market Harborough, Leicestershire

9th July 2022 Annual General Meeting

24th September 2022 Subject to be determined

3rd December 2022 Members’ displays Theme: Letters T, U and/or V

Each Members Meeting at 15 Abchurch Lane starts with tea/coffee served at 10.30am with the formal meeting commencing at 11.00am. There is usually a 50-lot room auction to start proceedings. If any member wishes to bring any material for auction (small lots only please) please contact Gerald Marriner at president@ciss.uk.


BOGUS HERM OVERPRINTS

It has been brought to our attention that members need to be aware of the recent appearance of Herm stamps with unlisted/unofficial overprints on a well-known on-line auction site. Please be aware that these are unofficial overprints and do not appear in any of the official Herm stamp catalogues. It is not the intention of the C.I.S.S. to stop any of its members from purchasing any of these items if they so wish. Bear in mind that these overprints are printed off a computer. They are not genuine stamps, in the true sense, with an unofficial overprint. It also appears that other Channel Islands philatelic material of dubious origins periodically appears on the same on-line auction site; so, buyer beware. If in doubt, please seek advice by emailing info@ciss.uk.





NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Dear Member,

I hereby give due notice that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Channel Islands Specialists’ Society will be held at the Royal Philatelic Society London, 15 Abchurch Lane, London, EC4N 7BW on Saturday, 25th September 2021 commencing at 11.00am.

Please watch the Society’s website (www.ciss.uk) for further information on the agenda, annual accounts, proposed [simplified] changes to membership subscription levels and officers’ reports.

As per Society Rule 8(c) all Full Committee members, as defined in Rule 8(b), will retire at the AGM but may stand for re-election. If any member of the Society wishes to stand for any of the Full Committee positions, as defined in Rule 8(b), please notify me at secretary@ciss.uk at least one week before the AGM, together with the names of proposer and seconder. If there are two or more nominees for any of the Full Committee positions then a secret ballot will be held on the day of the AGM. No proxy/postal votes can be accepted.

Please note that we are in a position of requiring a new Competitions Secretary. If any member is interested in the position then please contact me at the above email address.

If you are intending to attend the AGM can you please email me at the above email address as it will help with room arrangements, given any Covid-19 regulations that may be in place at the RPSL. Again, I will notify you via this website, prior the event, of the situation in place there.

Richard Flemming, Secretary