Rolling News: Archive 2015

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  • 26 November 2015

    Parliamentary Mail

    16 members enjoyed an interesting and eclectic talk on Parliamentary Mail by Bill Pipe of Magpie fame. We were treated to a chronological study of the postal history and postal stationery of the Houses of Parliament including some very rare items. The talk was given with great humour, the problem of the unemptied cesspit, which the Minister of Health was supposed to solve, will remain in the memory for a long time. The talk also showed the importance of collecting modern day-to-day material, which we often ignore, to complete a collection

    imageMembers listen to Bill Pipe

    imageBill Pipe gets into his stride

  • 23 November 2015

    Fame at last!

    The Society features with an article on page 6 with a picture on page 28 of the Winter 2015 ABPS News. Mike Moody will bring some copies to the next meeting

  • 11 November 2015

    Meeting 11 November

    Another excellent meeting attended by 17 members and guest at which the display celebrating 120 years of the Salisbury Society, originally given at the Day Meeting, was shown. This was followed by displays by members of jewels from their collections and other material. Our Chairman announced that he has been elected President of the Wiltshire Federation - well done. There is a stamp/collectors fair in Salisbury on 13 and 14 May 2016. In addition Jeremy Martin was presented with his certificate of life membership in recognition of his outstanding service to the Society.

    imageJeremy Martin receives his certificate from the Chairman

    imageThe Chairman announces his election as President

    imageMembers enjoy a glass of bubbly to celebrate our 120 years.

  • 11 November 2015

    Our Auction

    Tony Howgrave-Graham is actively seeking lots for the auction. The latest date that he can receive lots is 13th January 2016.

  • 26 October 2015

    Update on Members

    Many congratulations to Tony Howgrave-Graham on being elected a 'Fellow' of the Royal Philatelic Society. He is now qualified to sit in the back row at meetings!

    Brian Standley recently visited Ray Harris. He continues to be frail and has limited mobility. But would very much welcome visitors.

  • 21 October 2015

    We asked the Mayor if he would attend our 120th Meeting on 11 November. Below is the answer. We tried!!!

    "Dear Paul,

    Apologies in the delay in getting back to you. The Mayor of Salisbury, Councillor Mr Andrew Roberts, wishes to thank you for your kind invitation to attend the display by the Salisbury and District Philatelic Society Celebration on 11 November.

    Unfortunately he is unable to attend due to another commitment on that day. He has asked me to pass on his very best wishes for a successful event.

    Yours sincerely,

  • 13 October 2015

    Diary Dates from ABPS »

  • 8 October 2015

    120th Anniversary of the 1st meeting of the Salisbury and District Philatelic Society


    On the 22rd November 1895 the Salisbury and District Philatelic Society (SDPS) held its inaugural meeting. Our first President was William Brown a ‘Foreign Stamp Importer and Dealer’ who founded the ‘Philatelic Journal of Great Britain ‘and was an artist of considerable skill. To celebrate this anniversary 10 current members of the SDPS put together a display of 120 sheets, one for each year, each with a Salisbury connection. These were displayed at the SDPS day meeting held on the 7th October. Displaying were Bob Allison, Pat Campbell, Mike Carey, Lindsay Green, Tony Howgrave-Graham, Jeremy Martin, Bill Webb, David Winnie, Alan Wood and Paul Latham-Warde. The display ranged from an English Civil War letter of 1649 through to the Christmas Scouts stamps of 2014. Also on view were the earliest recorded Salisbury mark of 1705, a comprehensive range of the ‘683’ trial cancellations and postcards covering the rail accident of 1906 and the floods of 1915. A selection of William Brown’s commercial mail was displayed along with some of his fine pen and ink illustrations. The rest of the day was filled with wonderful displays by both members and guests all coordinated by Pat Campbell. We also took the opportunity to award Jeremy Martin Life Membership for his outstanding dedication and support in all roles of the SDPS. Further details of the society can be found at
    Paul Latham-Warde
    Chairman SDPS

  • 8 October 2015

    Some members have asked about the Salisbury Stamp Show. This was in Stamp Magazine: "After an enforced change of venue, the Salisbury Stamp Show is re-branding itself as the Southern England Stamp Show. It will take place at Farnborough in Hampshire in March. Visit"

  • 30 September 2015

    The Society would like to extend its congratulations to the following Members who represented us at the Wiltshire and District Philatelic Federation 9 sheet competitions held last Sunday (27th Sep) at Warminster. David Ashby was 2nd place in the Postal History Class. Claire Scott was also 2nd place but in the Aerophilately Class. Mike Moody won the Social Philately Class. A big 'well done' to all.

  • 21 September 2015

    Salisbury Scout Stamps Display at Day Meeting on 7 Oct 15. Those who attend the Day Meeting at The Grasmere on 7 October, see the Salisbury items of interest in the Society Display - and are moved to start collecting Salisbury Scout Stamps as a result – may wish to note that there will be no new Salisbury Scout Christmas stamps issued for Christmas 2015. The local Scoutmaster responsible for the activity has confirmed that he has an adequate stock of the 3 new stamps issued in 2014 to meet the anticipated 2015 demand.

  • 1 September 2015

    Brian Standley recently visited Ray who is now back home. Ray chats away but is not mobile and time hangs heavily. He would welcome visitors.

  • 29 August 2015

    You will remember that at the AGM we presented Lindsay with two mugs for her and Bob as a thank you for the great work she had done as Editor of the Newsletter and provider of teas and coffees. The Committee has received a thank you card from her, which reads:

    "Dear All,
    Bob and I wish to thank you for our gift of the 'Mugs'.
    Sorry that I have had to slow down, and have had to give up so much, including my jobs with the Philatelic Society.
    Again thank you
    from Lin and Bob"

    The card will be in the 'Members to See' Folder at the next meeting

    Mike Moody

  • 24 August 2015

    A Committee Meeting was held on Thursday 20 August. The majority of resulting actions will be taken up by Committee members direct with relevant Society members. However, there were some general points:

    • a. The Thematic and Novices cups would be re silvered.
    • b. The 9 Sheet Competition would be held on the Members' evening on 30 March 2016.
    • c. The format of Members' evenings would be changed slightly to try to encourage more participation by the more general and 'amateur' stamp collector.
    • d. More items were needed to populate the Rolling News, which was underused by members.
    • e. The Programme Secretary was actively organising the 2016/2017 programme. If you have any wishes or ideas please contact her.
  • 20 July 2015

    Pat Campbell has very kindly presented for the records some pamphlets, including a copy of The Centenary of the Salisbury and District Philatelic Society. Below are extracts giving the early history of the Society, which may be of interest to members:

    Centenary of Salisbury & District Philatelic Society - 1 »

    Centenary of Salisbury & District Philatelic Society - 2 »

  • 6 July 2015

    From Peter Favier a valued member. We send him every good wish for his life in Shropshire.

    Dear Mike.

    It is with great regret that I will no longer be a member of what I regard as being the best Philatelic Society, SALISBURY!

    I am moving to Shropshire in August, and I will keep up my interests by joining the Shropshire Society and just hoping it is half as good as the one I am leaving.

    Please send my best wishes to the members for next season and may you continue to thrive


    Peter C. Favier

  • 7 June 2015

    Mystery Cancellation

    Would anyone be able to tell new member, Tony Hamilton, why the cancel mark on these stamps has what he presumes to be MY = May, but the number 2, as the penny black was issued May 6th? Also why the letter D?


    • The earliest recorded posting of a Penny Black was from Bath on 2 May 1940 - four days ahead of the official first day.

      Sadly the Bath Postal Museum does not possess this rarity. The museum was outbid when the piece bearing the rare mark came up at auction some years ago. It has not been seen since the auction, but is believed to be somewhere in the far east.

      Ivan Holliday

  • 2 June 2015

    Day Meeting - March

  • 2 June 2015

    Members go political!

    Four members found themselves at the 'singing in' of the new Salisbury MP

  • 2 June 2015

    Club Auction

    The Club auction was held, as usual, in the Scout Hut at Harnham on the evening of 29 April. There were 337 lots on offer and just over half sold. This proportion increased, however, in terms of total realisations against reserves. There were fewer postal bidders than usual but the 24 room bidders more than made up for this by being very active and engaging in a lot of competitive bidding making the whole evening a very enjoyable one.

    Realisations ranged from 50p to £90 with total sales being £1,233. Local postal history was very popular with a Salisbury P.O. Savings Book making £12 against a £1 reserve and Larkhill Camp postmarks making £9 & £8, again against £1 reserves. A "Red Lion" letter made £11, Bulford Camp £9, a Zeals skeleton £9 and a Chippenham rubber £10 (all against £2 reserves). The wonderful Pewsey postcard featured on the front cover made £42 against the, what some saw as optimistic, £12 reserve.

    Turning to wider fields an album of 160 early C20 postcards made £90 (res.£25). The fine Aden Camp postmark on QV Indian 2R (also featured on the front cover) made £18 (res.£5), 14 postcards from Zanzibar & Mombasa made £14 (res.£2) and a small 1817 Cary's map of Wiltshire made £24 (res.£12). There was also a good range of philatelic literature available with the P.O. Agencies of the Gold Coast making £42 (res.£4) and the Postal History of the Bahamas £17 (res.£8). A full list of lots sold and their realisations appears below:-

  • 2 June 2015

    Newsletter replaced by 'Rolling News'

    As agreed at the AGM, we have set up a blog under the heading of 'Rolling News'. This the first item. Anybody can put on anything of interest to members. You are encouraged to contribute. Please send to who will then liaise with Mike Heath, the Webmaster, to have it posted. As also agreed at the AGM the newsletter will cease.