URGENT APPEAL FOR ST-AUBYNS DATESTAMP

David Gurney, Journal Editor, is seeking inform from any member who might have a similar type C, 24mm ST-AUBYNS datestamp used either as a cancel or backstamp. The image shown here is a type C ST- AUBYNS/P/AP 25/70 datestamp. Have you one in your collection that is earlier than 25th April 1870, or between 26 April 1870 – 30 November 1870? If you have, please contact David Gurney at nangurney1@aol.com.

Please see the image below. Sorry about the poor quality




Dave Howlett 50 Celebration in aid of RNLI

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dave Howlett epic 1972 row across the English Channel from St Peter Port to Shanklin in the Isle of Wight in aid of the RNLI, 100 special, numbered covers were carried on the overnight Condor ferry to Portsmouth (20/21st May 2022). If you are interested in purchasing one of these special covers at a cost of £5.00 plus P&P please contact bob.white55@btinternet.com.

Front of the Dave Howlett 50 Celebration cover


Member’s Weekend Meeting at the Three Swans, Market Harborough 22nd – 24th April 2022

After a gap of two years, twenty-six members and guests attended the Member’s Weekend Meeting at the Three Swans, Market Harborough from the 22nd – 24th April. Following the Friday evening meal, there was the traditional “Three sheets to Tell a Story”, which was won by Alan Moorcroft with his “The Transportation of Marie Le Nobel from Jersey”. 

Alan Moorcroft, winner of the Three Sheets to Tell a Story Competition

Saturday morning commenced bright and early with members viewing some of the 700+ lots for the room and postal auction. With bidding starting briskly, the 700+ lots were cleared in a little over two hours. Thanks must go to Nick Stuart, who presided as auctioneer, and Bryan Elliston, who acted as accountant. Grateful thanks must also go to Mark Bailey and Richard Flemming, who acted as ‘runners’. 

Following lunch, Saturday afternoon was taken up with three main displays starting with David Winnie’s excellent 100+ sheet display titled ALDERNEY. This was followed by Gerald Marriner’s extensive study titled The Effect of the Mail Service during the German Occupation. The afternoon concluded with Bryan Elliston’s display titled A Call to Arms – Life and times of the Guernsey Arms stamp. 

Left to right: David Winnie, Gerald Marriner and Bryan Elliston

Saturday evening saw members gathering for an excellent Annual Dinner and a post-dinner quiz, kindly organized by Nick Stuart, that had most people stumped.

Members and guests attending the 2022 Annual Dinner (photograph by Richard Flemming)

Sunday morning was taken up with a further two main displays starting with Gavin Wood and his display on SARK during the Occupation and Julian Bagwell with Early Guernsey Philately. Between these two main displays, and his need to depart from the meeting early, Ron Osborne gave a fine 33-sheet display that included a Jersey – York wrapper dated 23rd November 1840 bearing a QV 1d black and an 1871 cover from Guernsey to Bengal bearing a scarce 9d ‘straw- coloured’ adhesive. The rest of the morning was taken up with four shorter displays, starting with Alan Moorcroft with his display titled Channel Islands mail sent under franking privileges; which was followed by David Laurillard’s display titled A Tour of Jersey’s Martello towers by postcard. Next came Brian Sole with his display titled Royalty Issues by Jersey, and finally, Richard Flemming with his 16-sheet display titled Mail between the Channel Islands and France 1760 – 1843. David Winnie, Chairman concluded the weekend meeting by giving his thanks to all members who had provided their excellent displays and all members and guests for attending. He also looked forward to meeting everyone again in April 2023 at the Peninsula Hotel in Guernsey. 

Images courtesy of Mark Bailey and Richard Flemming


New publication for 2022

DELIVERED BY THE HOTEL’S CARE: The Private Postal Services of French Hotels in Jersey by Roger Harris. This 93-page book is a study into the significance of the French Hotels’ private stationery and private cachets and their recognition by the Jersey Post Office mail sorters as instructional marks, ensuring that mail was routed straight to France, either via the Boite Mobile or in mail bags routed by French mail boats.

Offered at a special C.I.S.S. membership price of £5.00, which includes worldwide postage and packing, why not order a copy today by contacting books@ciss.uk, or writing to CISS Books, 64 Falconers Green, Burbage, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 2SX, United Kingdom quoting your C.I.S.S. membership number.