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 email@example.com
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.
The 75th anniversary of the liberation of Biberach was reported in the Guernsey Press on 23rd April 2020.
Please click here to view a copy of the article.
A warm welcome to 3 new members:
2189 James Ryan – Canada
2190 Gary Willcox – Somerset
2191 Malcolm Judd – Portugal
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING MEMBERS’ WEEKEND IN GUERNSEY AND BEYOND
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.
Channel Islands Specialists’ Society
Thanks to our Committee Member, Steve Wells, we have been given permission to access the Frank Falla archive, which I am sure our members will find extremely interesting, not least the maps page. We are very grateful to Dr Gilly Carr, who was given the archive by Frank Falla’s daughter, for providing this permission. To view the archive, please visit https://www.frankfallaarchive.org/, or use our Links page
A warm “welcome back” to member no. 1668, Clive Laws, Cornwall
A warm welcome to two new members:
2187 Andrew Young – Hampshire
2188 Ralph McKane – Guernsey
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.
CISS member, Alan Whittaker gave a talk on the German Occupation of the Channel Islands to the Romsey U3A History Group with forty people in attendance. Alan must have been popular because he has been invited to talk to the Romsey Probus group later in the year.
Alan is also displaying to the Milford on Sea Philatelic Society on 14th April 2020.