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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

ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM
Zoom has become popular in the last few months as a means of conducting online meetings. It was decided that the France & Colonies PS follows suit. Could members interested please advise Chris Hitchen by email  to let us 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. FULL DETAILS ON HOW TO JOIN AND/OR DISPLAY IN ZOOM

Future information on Zoom meetings will only be sent to those who express an interest. Many will not be interested and we do not want to bother those members with unnecessary emails. Read more

Regular monthly Zoom meetings to be held at 14.30 GMT are proposed for:
Tuesday 27 July but this does rather depend on offers of displays.

Details of the previous four meetings are here.

ANNUAL WEEKEND AND AGM - 9TH TO 11TH JULY 2021
Whilst circumstances are still difficult for most, the vaccination roll out should improve matters by early summer. Many who enjoy are weekend meeting were disappointed when that scheduled for March had to be cancelled. The good news is that we have now managed to rearrange this for 9th to 11th July 2021 back at our old venue at Charlecote.

A full program will be made available to all well before the meeting. Application form and further details are here.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the France & Colonies Philatelic Society will take place at the Charlecote Pheasant Hotel, Charlecote (during the Annual Philatelic Weekend) at 9.20 am on Saturday, 10 July 2021.
Any member wishing to raise matters or put proposals to the AGM should submit them in writing to the General Secretary, Dr Andrew Telfer Brunton, The Ponds, Trevethan Close, Bolingey, Perranporth,TR6 0DH or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.at least one month prior to the AGM.
Members who may wish to put themselves forward to serve on the Committee or otherwise assist the Society are encouraged to contact the General Secretary

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 her business premises near Blandford Forum. She hopes to arrange a meeting for September and more details will be given in due course. 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.

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 295

front cover J295The 56 page April Journal and the 888 lot Auction catalogue have now left the printers. Members who receive the digital edition of the Journal should have already received their copies this week via WeTransfer. The Auction catalogue illustrates approximately 40 lots, images of which will be viewable here

Journal 295 brings us a wonderful article on the complexities of collecting by topic, finalises the series of Post-independence postmarks of the Central African Republic and continues the series of the Napoleonic Wars 1803-1815, these articles along with more than 15 shorter articles plus Society News, and book reviews gives us a diverse range of philatelic reading.

All articles are richly illustrated with examples of covers and stamps, a selection of which is shown in the rotating gallery above.

 J295 Ambulant query Moffat1

Member Jim Moffat asks if anyone can anyone identify the second placename in the single-line ambulant strike on the 1942 postcard? It looks as though it could be RENNES in PARIS A RENNES but the first letter is definitely an S.

 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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News

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THE MAY AUCTION catalogue with illustrations of approximately 40 lots are viewable here

ZOOM MEETING: Tuesday 1 June 'Life and Times of the 1f50 Pétain' by Mick Bister, 'Early Algeria 1787 to 1852' by Peter Maybury

ANNUAL WEEKEND AND AGM - 9TH TO 11TH JULY 2021
A full program will be made available to all well before the meeting. Application form and further details are here.

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 be at a new venue - date and location will be advised in due course.