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Stamp Shows in Sussex and Hampshire

Philatelists in the South East of England have two stamp shows to choose from over the next two weekends…

The South of England Stamp Fair and Sussex Convention

9th October 2010, 10am to 4.30pm

Norfolk Pavilion
The South of England Centre
Ardingly
West Sussex
RH17 6TL

Presented by the Association of Sussex Philatelic Societies

Admission free

Free parking

The Association of Sussex Philatelic Societies’ annual exhibition and fair coincides with World Post Day. More than 30 dealers are expected and Cavendish Auctions are offering valuations. In addition there will be competitive and non-competitive displays (including an invited display by Pacific Islands Study Circle) and a meeting of the Pacific Islands Study Circle (1.30pm to 4.30pm).

Customers queue to use the Mobile Post Office which is situated in the grounds of an agricultural show in West Sussex, 1938.

Customers queue to use the Mobile Post Office which is situated in the grounds of an agricultural show in West Sussex, 1938.

Hampshire Stamp Show – HAMPEX 2010

16th October 2010, 10am to 4.30pm

Wickham Community Centre
Mill Lane
Wickham
Hampshire
PO17 5AL

Presented by Hampshire Philatelic Federation

Admission free

Free Parking

25 dealers are expected at this event, which will also feature competitive and non-competitive displays, valuations by Stanley Gibbons, a Junior Workshop, society meetings (including the British Society of Australian Philately) and a 36 frame exhibition The Development of the Posts in Hampshire to the Present Day.

Further details at www.hpf.hampshire.org.uk/hpfhpx.htm

Midpex 09

by Jennifer Flippance, London 2010 Project Officer

Last Saturday I went to Midpex 09, a two-yearly stamp show, held just outside Coventry. Midpex is one of the largest UK stamp shows and attracts 600 visitors and 50 stamp dealers.

One of the things that makes Midpex different to many other shows is the large number of specialist societies represented (40 this year) for whom the show acts as a place to meet fellow enthusiasts, showcase their activities and recruit new members.

One of the Polar Explorers stamps from 1972, featuring Robert Falcon Scott.

One of the Polar Explorers stamps from 1972, featuring Robert Falcon Scott.

Whatever your collecting interest there will be a society where you can meet like minded people, share your interests and learn. Some of those present at Midpex included: the Aden and Somaliland Study Group; the Cinderella Stamp Club; the Forces Postal History Society; the Pacific Islands Study Circle; and the Polar Postal History Society of Great Britain.

As I waited for the shuttle bus to collect me from a rather rain-drenched Canley rail station, I took the opportunity to talk to some collectors about their involvement in philately and what brings them to Midpex.

Eric was stationed in Gibraltar with the RAF and this led to an interest in the stamps of the island later in life. He had collected as a child and then returned to philately about 30 years ago when he joined the Gibraltar Study Circle. He now has a very respectable collection of material from Gibraltar, is active in a number of societies and exhibits competitively at a national level. He will be entering one of the classes at the London 2010 International Stamp Exhibition.

Eric now sources most new acquisitions for his Gibraltar collection from specialist auctions so at Midpex he was on the look out for material for his secondary collecting interests of Madeira and the Ionian Islands. He attends about half a dozen stamp shows a year.

Similarly to Eric, David collects stamps from an area he has a strong connection to – the Isle of Man. He has been visiting since 1934. He has many friends there and his parents retired to, and were later buried, on the island.

Not so much a Snaefell cachet, more a stamp which may have been cancelled by one: John Nicholsons regional definitive for the Isle of Man, 1958.

Not so much a Snaefell cachet, more a stamp which may have been cancelled by one: John Nicholson's regional definitive for the Isle of Man, 1958.

David’s collecting passion is the Snaefell Summit cachets. Snaefell is the only mountain on the Isle of Man and has been a popular tourist destination since the mountain railway opened in 1895. Letters and souvenir postcards can be posted on the summit during the summer months. Since 1904, these have been marked by a special diamond-shaped hand-stamp. His ambition is to collect an example of every cachet issued and he is already a good way there. Considered to be one of the world’s two foremost experts on the cachets, David gives talks on the subject to societies. He visits each Midpex and always attends the London International Stamp Exhibitions that take place every ten years.

And in case you’re wondering why so many stamp shows end with ‘PEX’, it’s a shortening of ‘Philatelic EXhibition’.