MEMBERS’ MEETING AT THE ROYAL PHILATELIC SOCIETY LONDON, ON SATURDAY, 24th JULY 2021

As previously advised, we are pleased to now confirm that the Society will be holding a Members’ Meeting Day at the Royal Philatelic Society, London, 15 Abchurch Lane, London, EC4N 7BW on Saturday, 24th July 2021. The meeting will commence at 10.30am with tea/coffee and biscuits and will proceed officially at 11.00am with our traditional room auction of 50 lots. This will be followed by members’ displays, the theme for the day being “The Smaller Channel Islands”. You can also bring along any new acquisitions to display.

This meeting will be dependent upon the Government’s Covid-19 restrictions being lifted on the 21stJune 2021 and we are hopeful that this will be the case.  We do, however, anticipate that we will still be subject to social distancing rules and the wearing of face masks.

Restaurants, pubs and cafes in the locality should be open by this time for you to make your individual lunch arrangements.

We must emphasise at this point however, that should there be any change to the Government’s Covid regulations, then this meeting may need to be cancelled at short notice.  Please keep an eye on the “News” page of our website www.ciss.uk for up-to-date information.

For any further enquiries on this matter, please contact me at secretary@ciss.uk.


The Parcel Post of the United Kingdom including Crown Dependencies by Dr Max Melrose and Nick Wraith

Forty years after James Mackay wrote the first comprehensive book about the UK Parcel Post, this is the first of two volumes that brings the story up to date. This has been compiled by our member Dr Max Melrose together with Nick Wraith. There is a comprehensive 52-page section covering the Channel Islands including Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney and some of the islands’ Sub-Post Offices. Volume 1 is a 335-page paperback, published by the Scottish Postal History Society and costs £28 plus £4 postage for the UK. Contact Lyn Robinson via Email at lyn@myreton.com for further details and overseas postal charges.


POSTPONEMENT OF MEMBERS’ WEEKEND 23RD – 25TH JULY 2021, AT THE THREE SWANS, MARKET HARBOROUGH

Given the continuing Government Covid-19 restrictions, and the uncertainty for these being lifted on the 21stJune 2021, our long weekend planned for July has regrettably been postponed. I know this is disappointing, but it is essential that the Executive Committee makes this decision now to advise you in good time.

However, I am pleased to inform the membership that we have re – booked the Three Swans Hotel, Market Harborough for the 22nd – 24th April 2022, this being our historical and traditional month for our CISS long weekends. Please note these important dates in your calendar.

As an alternative to the long weekend, we are sure you would wish to know that we are in discussion with the RPSL, London to establish whether it would be possible to hold a Members’ Day meeting on Saturday 24th July 2021. Naturally, this will be dependent on Covid-19 restrictions being lifted at that time. When and if arrangements are firmed up, we will let you know and provide details of the theme for the meeting.



Exciting new book by Gilly Carr titled NAZI PRISONERS IN THE BRITISH ISLES: POLITICAL PRISONERS DURING THE GERMAN OCCUPATION OF JERSEY & GUERNSEY 1940-1945

Published in 2020, this 232 page book is the first systematic study of sources relating to prisoners in Jersey and Guernsey during the German Occupation, including memoirs, diaries, letters, poetry, graffiti and autograph books. Describes the treatment of political prisoners at the hands of the Local Authorities and the Geheime Feldpolizei, who acted as the Gestapo in the Channel Islands.

Available from Pen and Sword Books at www.pen-and-sword.co.uk priced at £20.00 (reduced from £25.00).



Beware ‘fake’ Channel Islands Occupation covers and stamps

David Gurney has kindly produced an article that will appear in the March 2021 edition of Les Iles Normandes which I am reproducing here. “I am very grateful to Leo Mayr for reporting some more ‘rubbish’ recently appearing on a German language EBAY site as illustrated below. Even the ‘stamps’ used are the well known facsimiles from the 1970s!! Do not waste your hard earned cash on these four ‘constructed’ items unless you wish to have examples, as they are worthless. Interestingly both covers shown below were listed at very nominal prices by a dealer in the Netherlands on a German language EBAY site. The ‘Guernsey’ cover was sold for Euro 1,99, which was the starting price, while the ‘Jersey’ cover remained unsold.


C.I.S.S. Makes History with its First Annual General Meeting held using Zoom Video Conferencing

Above is a screenshot of those C.I.S.S. members who attended and contributed to the 70th Annual General Meeting on Saturday, 5th December 2020, historically the first ever via Zoom Video Conferencing

Top row, left – right; David Winnie (Chairman), Gavin Wood, Mark Bailey (Membership Sec and photograph taker), John Triggs (Packet Sec. – Guernsey) and Richard Flemming (Secretary).

2nd row from top, left – right: David Laurillard, Mark Liquorish, Nick Stuart (Auction Sec.), Leo Mayr (Austria), David and Moira Edwards.

3rd row from top, left – right: Bryan Elliston (new Treasurer), Gerald Marriner (President) Nick Martin, Ian  Mitchelson and David Ackroyd.

4th row from top, left – right: Peter Viscusi (Missouri, USA), Robert Shaw, David Rolf, Mike Moody and Julian Bagwell.

Bottom row, left – right: Trevor Nichols, John Payne and Roger Harris.


C.I.S.S. Website – “Searchable Journals”

Your Society is pleased to announce an excellent further advancement to our Website.

Today sees the roll-out of Phase 1 of our “Searchable Journals” project. Members will now be able to search our Journals from 2013 to date in a choice of user friendly different ways.

We believe this will be a very useful source of information for our members but, if we are to progress to Phases 2 and 3 whereby ALL of our Journals back to 1985 will be searchable (this will involve a considerable amount of work) then the ball is in your court. We will be monitoring usage by our Members as a way of determining whether to press on with Phase 2 and then Phase 3.

We would, therefore encourage you all to search, “play” and enjoy.

Please visit the Journal Index page here.