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DEREHAM AND DISTRICT
STAMP CLUB

Founded 1976

April 7, 1999

Winter Season 1999

Because of our traditional "holiday" during January, there are only four meetings to report on this quarter - held during February and March.

The first of these was our usual club auction for which a long stretch of tables was covered by a variety of lots brought along for the occasion - and (many members would say) despite the absence of our Chairman due to illness - and an average attendance of only nine members, a high proportion of the lots found buyers, even if mostly at reserve prices. From point of value, no high price lots were sold, but with our Treasurer acting as Auctioneer and Secretary totting up the "damages" it was an enjoyable evening which everyone left well satisfied with some cheap additions to their collection - and a useful contribution (as a percentage on sales) to club funds.

For our second February meeting members had been called on to give short displays connected to the letter "I" - and the subjects touched on by the 9 members present included Iraq, Indonesia, Israel, Ireland and the Isle of Man; the Imperial Crown watermarks of Edward VII issues; Information Technology, Inland Waterways and Industrial Archaeology. Once again an entertaining evening full of the variety of themes on which collections - small or large - can be based.

In March we had a vastly interesting display by our only visiting speaker of the quarter, David Heal, of the Norfolk and Norwich Philatelic Society, entitled simply "Royalty". Unexpectedly to most of us the theme could alternatively have been called "The Royal Family and their Correspondence", beginning as it did with examples of Royal correspondence and stationery from before the era of postage stamps and continuing through the years (centuries!) to very recent examples of correspondence, envelopes, postal stationery and pictures connected with the Royal Yachts and Sandringham House. This was a marvellously intriguing display - which made us overrun our normally allotted time without noticing the clock.

At the previous meeting, Neville Allen, arriving to give his display on Norfolk Island, including both postally-used picture postcards and two videos found our normal meeting-room out-of-bounds due to a double-booking and was faced with awkward stairs through which to carry video-player and TV monitor. We coped with the unexpected, and once again had an entertaining evening, but it was the change of meeting room was a trial we do not want to suffer again, and led us to bring up for discussion whether it was time to change meeting place and/or evening of the week. We have been assured, however, that no such problem will arise this month, when we are looking forward to a visit from Ely Philatelic Society.

Meanwhile the circulation of the Federation stamps boxes among members has been going very well, with the imposed "tax" to cover postage, at present yielding a surplus for the club, which, if it continues at the same rate will be set fair to boost our library collection.

Paddy APLING
Hon. Secretary

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