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 FCPS-LogoIn 1949, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the first French postage stamp, a group of British philatelists set up a pioneering  specialist  philatelic society devoted to the study of the stamps of France and the then French Empire. From small beginnings, the France and Colonies Philatelic Society now unites over 300 collectors in Britain and overseas in the many and varied delights of the stamps and postal history of la Francophonie.

The Society provides an extensive programme of meetings in several locations, holds an annual Philatelic Weekend, publishes a well regarded and authoritative Journal and series of monographs as well as several more extensive specialist philatelic books, operates a magazine circuit, two thriving exchange packets and three postal Auctions a year. It is a friendly and informal group to which non-members are welcome to attend any of our meetings.

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...Due to the difficulty of members being able to get to the Post Office to pass the packets on we have had to temporarily suspend both the France and the Colonies Packets for the time being.

It is also unlikely that the July meetings will go ahead. Please contact you convenor closer to the date. Information will be posted on the website if and when it comes available

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JOURNAL 292 

J292coverThe first Journal of the 2020s is now at the printers. Hopefully the postal services will keep active so you get to receive it. As your new editor, I hope and intend to continue the standard that Maurice Tyler achieved with the Journal. It takes a team to produce excellence, from the well researched articles to sharp-eyed proofreaders, to caring printers, they all play a part. I especially thank Mick Bister for making the transition very easy for me over the last two months and I again thank Maurice for leaving an excellent blueprint to work from. What the Journal needs however, is more articles, large or small and, if we are going to be isolated in the coming weeks, now more than ever is a time to share that research or your favourites for us all to enjoy. The other place for you to share your items is the Forum, it is not restricted to members of the Society, and questions and discussions are welcomed.

The April edition of the 56 page Journal includes four in-depth articles:
•  Post-independence postmarks of the Central African Republic - Part 1
•  Senegal: Rare Destination of a Post Office
•  French Mandates of Syria and Lebanon - Part 3
•  Grenoble Winter Olympics: 6 - 18 February 1968
Eight shorter articles, book reviews, details of the Wessex meeting and an comprehensive write up of Foreign mail 1580 to 1940 which was shown at the London meeting. All articles are richly illustrated with examples of covers or stamps a selection of which is shown in the rotating gallery. Jan Gane

The Journal, produced three times a year is available to members only - an application for membership can be downloaded here. Back issues of the Journal from 2003 - 2015 may be viewed here.

 

 

 

TWO EXCELLENT REVIEWS;
The Postal Message Scheme of the French Red Cross in France and its African Colonies in World War 2' by David Trapnell and The Dr Edward Grabowski Postal History Collection of French Colonies (Spink, November 2019) are detailed on pages 51 and 52



 

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THREE URGENT APPEALS

AN URGENT APPEAL FOR JOURNAL ARTICLES
Yet again I have had minimal response to my last appeal for articles and this failure will be at the heart of my report presented at the 2020 AGM. The Journal will not survive unless I receive more contributions than I am doing. At the moment I hold just enough material for the August Journal which I am about to embark on but I have very little for the December edition and only the final parts of a continuing series for next year.

It really is everyone's responsibility and in everybody's interest to contribute to the Journal. Such a responsibility cannot be left to the same few members. There are, at the time of writing, 265 members in the Society yet I can only rely on a dozen or so to support the Journal. To these members I extend my heartfelt gratitude and thanks. As for the rest of the membership, PLEASE think hard about how you can share your knowledge, interests and discoveries with other members of our Society and send me an article, of any length and on any topic, so that I can be assured of material for future editions.

Type your text in Word, add any images, scanned at 300dpi, as separate jpeg attachments and email them to me, Mick Bister.

The success, or failure, of the Journal depends on you.  Thank you. Mick Bister

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EXAMINER TO THE ACCOUNTS REQUIRED
Due to committee changes a new examiner for the society's accounts is required. The position would be suited to someone who has experience as an accountant or has familiarity with audits.

The year accounts are competed by the treasurer towards the end of January each year and then submitted for examination. As the AGM is now usually held in mid-March each year that allows around one month in February to complete the process.

Any person willing to undertake this essential task should get in touch with the current treasurer, who can provide further guidance and detail if needed.
Chris Hitchen  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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APPEAL FOR GROUP MAILER
You will have recently received an email from the Society with an attachment from Cavendish Auctions Ltd which promoted a forthcoming sale of unusual and scarce French stamps and postal history. The Society believes this to be an important service to our members who otherwise may not be aware of such a sale.

Please note that the Society does not provide any contact details to auction houses, publishers or other organisations who wish to contact our members; instead we contact you on their behalf thereby keeping your membership data safe.

We now require someone to take on the responsibility of group mailing members of the Society. The job would entail creating mailing groups and, upon receiving a promotional item, attaching it to an email which would be sent to all the groups simultaneously. The person accepting the post would receive in advance the list of members' email addresses and subsequent updates during the year.

This should not be an onerous task as we only receive one or two requests a year so if you are willing to take on the task please contact Mick Bister. Thank you.

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JOIN OUR PHILATELIC FORUM 
You can join our Forum without being a member of the Society - just contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.with your name and preferred password and you will be supplied with a username - you don't have to be a member!.

News

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SPRING AUCTION CATALOGUE is now online and available here

...Due to the difficulty of members being able to get to the Post Office to pass the packets on we have had to temporarily suspend both the France and the Colonies Packets for the time being

FORTHCOMING MEETINGS 2020

...In light of the COVID-19 situation it is unlikely that the following meetings will take place, Please contact your local convenor for clarification...
  

NORTHERN GROUP MEETING: scheduled for Saturday 4th April  at Broom Methodist Church, 195 Broom Lane, Rotherham, S60 3NW from 10.15am to 4.30pm. The day will be devoted to members’ displays on any topic and lunch will be taken at the local pub. CANCELLED

LONDON 2020 has been postponed until 19-26 February 2022

NORTHERN GROUP MEETING: scheduled for Saturday 11th July at Broom Methodist Church, 195 Broom Lane, Rotherham, S60 3NW from 10.30am to 4.30pm. The whole day will be devoted to members' displays on any topic and lunch will be taken at the local pub. An addtional meeting is scheduled for October 3rd.

THE WESSEX GROUP:  scheduled for Saturday 18th July at the Scout Hall, Lower Street, Harnham starting at 10.30 am; the speaker will be confirmed later. After lunch, the afternoon will be devoted to members' displays. An addtional meeting is scheduled for October 3rd.

THE LONDON GROUP:  Scheduled for Saturday 25th July from 11.00am to 4.00pm at the Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8JR where the presentation will be '1876 to 1900 in Paris'. After lunch, the afternoon will be devoted as usual to members' displays. An addtional meeting is scheduled for October 24th.

It would help if those planning to attend could let the appropriate convenor know - datails for whom and details of other meetings 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.