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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

REGIONAL MEETINGS
Presently the only scheduled meeting for the Society is the Northern Group planned for 7 August – at Rotherham (location details to follow as it will be a changed venue).  1200 – 1700, commencing with pub lunch. Main display ‘Underpaid Mail’ plus members’ displays. 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 Wessex Group will be changing venues as Colin French will be relocating to Devon. Claire Scott will be hosting the future meetings at Tumblins, Winterborne Stickland, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 0ED. The first will be on 2 September where the guest speaker will be John Cowlin with his display on France’s Wars & Revolution 1664-1803. Claire will email those in the surrounding area nearer the time with more details and costs. If you wish to contact Claire please do so by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SEPTEMBER AUCTION catalogue is available here. Images are available here

ZOOM MEETINGS
Petain vid 1Zoom Meetings became a popular means of conducting online meetings in 2021. Although suspended for the summer break meetings will resume again the early Autumn where Mick Bister's Life and Times of the 1F50 Pétain is scheduled for September or October. 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

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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

For the meetings to continue we will need the promise of other displays. Please contact Chris.

Details of the previous meetings are here.

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 FRANCE AND COLONIES PHILATELIC SOCIETY VIRTUAL DISPLAYS
The full collection of displays to date are available here. A sincere thank all those who have contributed to the programme.

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JOURNAL 296

Journal 296The August Journal and Auction Catalogue has left the printers - UK members have started to receive theirs. Members who receive the digital edition had their copies sent via WeTransfer over the weekend of the 23rd July.

Full length articles include: Fraud and franchise abuse in the French post office before 1849, Recouvrements Service Envelope N°1494 Variants, Réunion - mail from a distant shore, La France d’outre-mer : The Quinzaine Impériale and Joseph Foret, and another interesting article from Rover Niven on Collecting by Topic, this time The Châteaux of France Part One: The Stamps: plus there are more than 20 shorter items, Book Reviews and Publications Noted in this 60 page Journal. Thank you to all who contributed. 

Images of the September 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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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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The Northern Group is also planning a 'real' meeting for 7 August – at Rotherham (location details to follow as it will be a changed venue).  1200 – 1700, commencing with pub lunch. Main display ‘Underpaid Mail’ plus members’ displays. When more details come to hand they will be advertised on the website, Should you wish more information contact Steve Ellis by email email

The Wessex Group will hold their meeting on 2 Seotember at a new venue - Tumblins, Winterborne Stickland, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 0ED where the guest speaker will be John Cowlin with his display on France’s Wars & Revolution 1664-1803. Claire will email those in the surrounding area nearer the time with
more details and costs. Claire's contact email

lot563  18 SEPTEMBER AUCTION catalogue is available here. Images are available here