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23 May 2019

Spink Auction vervelleAlthough the SPINK e-Auction of Stamps and Covers of France and French Colonies has now closed the prices realised are published here
The many highlights included an incredibly scarce 1852 1fr. carmine tête bêche strip of four, used on cover to London, a lovely 1870 cover to Amiens franked with 25c. consisting of perforated Empire issue 10c. (2) and 10c. bisected vertically, the 1929 20fr. Pont Du Gard, perf 11, unmounted mint and a 2fr. booklet, series 93, containing Pasteur 10c. green, two panes of ten, each overprinted "specimen", along with these more scarce items there was a huge range from 1849 right through to 1977 for collectors at all levels.

15 APRIL 2019
This souvenir sheet commemorates the 850th anniversary of the Notre-Dame Cathedral of Paris. France Post issued this sheet on the 19th of January 2013.The background shows the cathedral viewed from the Seine. The two stamps show details of the stained glass window located in the west.

Notre Dame

The quatrefoil stamp illustrates the threshing of cereals and the circular stamp features the Blessed Virgin and Child.

It is recorded in the Memoriale Historiarum that the construction of Notre-Dame began between 24 March and 25 April 1163 with the laying of the cornerstone in the presence of King Louis VII and Pope Alexander III. The Notre-Dame Cathedral is built in the Gothic style, facing the rising sun in the East, in the form of a cross. Notre-Dame measures 130 meters long, 48 wide, 35 high and can accommodate over 6000 people.

While undergoing renovation and restoration, the Notre-Dame de Paris caught fire on 15 April 2019 and sustained significant damage, including the destruction of two-thirds of the roof and the spire. Artwork, relics, and other antiques stored at the cathedral including the supposed crown of thorns which Jesus wore prior to his crucifixion and a piece of the cross on which he was crucified, are believed to have been rescued, however, other priceless pieces of historyincluding one of the finest organs in the world and a collection of bells, some of which were renovated at the 850th anniversary of the cathedral. have been damaged or lost forever. Much to the relief of art historians, the cathedral's three famous rose windows have survived the fire.


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Alan WoodIt is with sadness we announce that Alan Wood passed away on 18th June 2019. Alan was recently awarded the Society's long service award for
his work as Wessex Group convenor and Room Auctioneer. Members may contact the President, Chris Hitchen for funeral arrangements

THE SOCIETY'S JUNE AUCTION UNSOLD lots are available to view here.  Lots are available to Society Members only and are available until the end of June. View images and full catalogue here


19 & 20 June
Featuring the Peter Maybury and Derek Richardson collections

THE WESSEX GROUP will be holding its next meeting on Saturday 6th July at the Scout Hall, Lower Street, Harnham starting at 10.30am where the feature display will be ‘Mandates of Syria and Lebanon WW1’. After lunch, the afternoon will be devoted to members’ displays.

will be holding its next meeting on Saturday 13th July at Broom Methodist Church, 195 Broom Lane, Rotherham, S60 3NW from 10.30am to 4.30pm. The venue is only five minutes from Junction 33 on the M1. It will be the traditional Bastille Day meeting at which the feature display will be ‘Insuffciently paid mail’ with the afternoon being devoted to members’ displays (any topic). Lunch will be at the local pub.

THE LONDON GROUP will be meeting on Saturday August 3rd:  from 11.00am to 4.00pm at the Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8JR The feature display will be ‘Stamp designers of the 1960s’ in the morning and after lunch, members are invited to show their own material (any topic).

It would help if those planning to attend could let the appropriate convenor know - datails for whom are here.

VISITORS are most welcome at all meetings - please check with the appropriate convenor before hand to a) confirm time and address and, b) to introduce yourself.


CHINA 2019 11 - 17 June 2019
Wuhan City, Hubei Province, PRC

MIDPEX 6 July 2019 -10:00am - 4:30pm
Warwickshire Event Centre,
Leamington Spa,
CV31 1XN