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DEREHAM AND DISTRICT
STAMP CLUB

Founded 1976

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The first meeting in April saw the Secretary's annual (?) video presentation of films on philatelic subjects - this time including "Stamps of Royalty" and "Scottish Inventions - the Postage Stamp", and "In the Post -4" - one of a BBC series in 1989 about stamp design, and as an amusing intermission some news footage of the time in 1988 when a bus nearly fell down a huge hole in the Earlham Road, Norwich.

At the second meeting in April we were entertained by two visitors from the Ely Philatelic Society, when John Harvey displayed his fine collection of Zanzibar from the time of its use of Indian stamps in 1894 to the establishment of the Republic (later incorporated in Tanzania) in 1964 and Val Roberts displayed her collection of covers illustrating the construction of the Humber Bridge, Shackleton's Antarctic expedition, and Penguins.

May saw the annual visit from our old stalwart Philip Illsley who began with a quiz display - What's curious about these postmarks, etc? - which as usual defeated us all (or most of us, anyway) and then showed some of his postcard collection - first, turn of the century German chromolithographs and then examples of silk covers, embroidered cards and innovative printings.

At the AGM at the end of May, Howard Eyres insisted he be replaced as Chairman, and Tom Waterson (previously vice-Chairman) was elected to take over, with Neville Allen as Vice-Chairman. Other officers remain the same, with the addition of Phil Lindsay for the post of Assistant Secretary - though since the AGM we have learnt that our worthy Librarian, Mike James, is shortly to move out of the district, so giving us plenty to think about in planning the distribution of his activities between the remaining members!

The other main outcome of the AGM was the acceptance of the Secretary's proposal to change the meeting night from Thursday to Tuesday to avoid the problems which have occurred as a result of clashes with other uses of the hall for church purposes or as a polling station at election times. This change has resulted in unwonted delay in arranging the meetings programme for the next session, which is still incomplete.

Coming up as "Any other business" was what turned out to be the main item to report for the summer - the invitation to make a display for the St. Withburga Festival in Dereham church in July. It was decided to make the meeting on June 10th a "working party" for organising member's displays into a meaningful display and (in the absence of the Secretary on holiday in USA and Canada) our Treasurer took the brunt of what turned out to be a more time-consuming job than he expected - of organising what turned out to be an excellent and meaningful display. (Any new members resulting? we have yet to see).

However, to show how members co-operated in this event and the range of the display, I merely list, in alphabetical order, members' displays:

Neville Allen: Thematic collecting: illustrated by Polish stamps on Olympic sports, horses, flower, insects, yachting and space exploration - and - a short history of the Pitcairn Islands.

Dave Browning - Religious Paintings, and Christmas stamps.

Mike Gibb - Stamps of all Shapes and Sizes; and Overprints and Forgeries

Mike James - Stages Coaches and Post Coaches

Paul Lindsay - Origin and History of the Royal Mail - and Some Early Correspondance.

Pete Marsham - First Day Covers and Maxi-Cards from France and Australia

Tom Waterson - A Colourful collection of First Day Covers from Australia and its Antarctic Territory, New Zealand and Great Britain depicting Scenery, Aviation, Explorers and Whales.

Andrew Williamson - The National Emblem of New Zealand in its many different roles and representations.

The display was undoubtedly a very worthy effort by a small club. It certainly resulted in a great deal of interest among visitors to the exhibition - and was a very worthwhile exercise for the club.

Paddy Apling

21 August 1999

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