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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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FORTHCOMING MEETINGS 2020

...In light of the COVID-19 situation the following meetings have been cancelled. Please see the notice from President Chris Hitchen on the welcome page for further details or contact the local convenor.

NORTHERN GROUP MEETING: scheduled for Saturday 11th July CANCELLED , 195 Broom Lane, Rotherham, S60 3NW from 10.30am to 4.30pm. An addtional meeting is scheduled for October 3rd.

THE WESSEX GROUP:  scheduled for Saturday 18th July CANCELLED ,  at the Scout Hall, Lower Street, Harnham starting at 10.30 am; An addtional meeting is scheduled for October 3rd.

THE LONDON GROUP:  Scheduled for Saturday 25th July CANCELLED at the Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8JR. 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.