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.

A big welcome to you all to our NEW CISS WEBSITE

Your Executive Committee together with our Website Administrator have worked hard during the lockdown to review the content of our existing website for the first time for some years. At the same time, we registered a new web address,, some seven letters shorter than our previous address.

We are therefore very pleased that you have chosen to visit our relaunched and redesigned website. Along with a new modern design, you will also find the website easier to navigate. The website has been designed to be viewed on a range of devices including computers, mobile phones and tablets.

New features include:

  • Easier logging in – you can log in from any page via the login box on the right hand side.
  • Updated Channel Islands Topics pages
  • Members Discussion – you can post a reply to our newly added discussion board
  • Latest News feed directly on the right hand side of the page.

And, of course, you have already discovered that your existing login will continue to work.

I hope you will find the changes we have made interesting and user friendly.


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.

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.