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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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FUTURE EVENTS

CHARLECOTE WEEKEND 2022  - 11 to 13 March 2022 - Bookings for the Weekend must be made directly with the Hotel by 31 December 2021. Full details are available here.

ZOOM MEETINGS
Two meetings are now arranged for the forthcoming season. This might change slightly but if possible we will keep to one a month. All meetings are schedulled for 14.30 London time:

 Tuesday  
14 December  Late fee service in Paris by Chris Hitchen,
  Plus a smaller one from someone
11 January The Era of the French Colonial Allegorical Group Type: The French Pacific Colonies by Ed Grabowski.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR ZOOM MEETINGS

Those members interested in joining please advise Chris Hitchen by email  to let him know whether you would simply wish to view displays or whether you would be able to give a display as well. Those without a webcam can of course still view the displays but will not be seen by others. We are in need of displays for 2022. All it takes is to scan some covers or stamps, put them into PowerPoint and a add a little text. A whole session would comprise around 40 to 50 slides but smaller ones can be fitted in as appropriate. So any offer would be welcome.

Information on Zoom meetings will only be sent to those who express an interest, however the programme will be advertised on the website. Read more

The website will always have the latest information so members will need to consult that regularly to see what is going on. When things improve then Convenors will arrange meetings as soon as practical. It may well not be feasible to advise these in the Journal in advance. Details of converors is herePlease consider using the FORUM in the meantime - perhaps share your latest acquisitions or any query or comment you may have. If you have not registered as a member, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your preferred password and a Username will be provided.

All Society services continue as normal, it is only meetings that are off limits for the time being.

The Northern Group has arranged meetings in 2022 for 2 April, 9 July and 15 October – at Ravenfield Parish Hall, Birch Wood Drive, Ravenfield, Rotherham S65 4PT. 1200 – 1700, commencing with pub lunch. Main displays to be advised. When more details come to hand they will be advertised on the website, Should you wish more information contact Steve Ellis by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

THE FRANCE AND COLONIES PHILATELIC SOCIETY WINTER AUCTION
The Catalogue and selected images from the 29 January 2022 Auction are available here.

JOURNAL 297

Journal 296

The December Journal, Auction Catalogue, Subscription reminder and details of the Charlecote Weekend have left the printers and UK members have started to receive theirs. Members who receive the digital edition had their copies sent via WeTransfer over the weekend of the 20 November.

Full length articles include: The Atlantic Pockets in France 1945; The 12th UPU Congress, Paris, 1947; Heroes of the French Resistance; An extract of Censorship of Civilian Mail in Madagascar During WWII - Handstamps and Labels (with more to follow in the April edition). Plus there are ten shorter items and the Minutes of the Philatelic Weekend and the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting. Seleceted images from the Journal are promoted above on the moving slider.

Images from the January 2022 Auction are available here

WE ARE ALWAYS IN NEED OF ARTICLES, large or small, if you have something of interest please consider sending it for inclusion in a later edition. Type your text in Word, add any images, scanned at 300dpi, as separate jpeg attachments and email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 - 2019 may be viewed here.

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JOIN OUR PHILATELIC FORUM 
You can join our Forum without being a member of the Society - just contact the Website Manager with your name and preferred password and you will be supplied with a username - you don't have to be a member!.

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ZOOM MEETINGS
The next two Zoom Meeting will be
14 December Late fee service in Paris bt Chris Hitchen
11 January 2022 The Era of the French Colonial Allegorical Group Type: The French Pacific Colonies by Ed Grabowski.
Plus a smaller one from someone
All meetings are schedulled for 14.30 London time:

CHARLECOTE WEEKEND
The hotel requires rather more notice from those wishing to
stay than in the past. Bookings will need to be made with the
hotel not later than 31 December 2021. More details in the December Journal. 

WINTER AUCTION
Lot 476The Catalogue and selected images from the 29 January 2022 Auction are available here.