Midland Philatelic Federation

See here for the ABPS Exhibitions, Congress and International Newsletter, August 2017.

Reminder: The South Midlands Stamp Club meeting on 21st August is NOT in the usual venue but at the Wellesbourne Bowls Club meeting room, Loxley Close, CV35 9RD.

Change of venue:  As from September 12th 2017 Leicester Philatelic Society will be meeting at The Christchurch, 105A Clarendon Park Road, Leicester, LE2 3AH.

MIDPEX 2017 is over - thanks very much to the chairman, organising committee and everyone who helped.  Only two years until the next Midpex !  

Midpex will be held at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre on Saturday July 8th 2017 10 am to 5 pm. The event in 2017 has attracted superb support with around 60 dealers, including post cards, stamps, postal history, accessories and ephemera, and 40 Specialist Societies. One of the star attractions will be the ‘Royal Mail Post and Go’ issues available at the event. See here for a special edition of the New Midlander.

Amongst those taking part will be the Royal Philatelic Society, Great Britain Philatelic Society and ABPS. Many Societies will be offering their publications for sale. Regional meetings are being held by British Postmark Society, O P A L, Meter Mail Study Group, Pacific Islands Study Circle, The Revenue Society, TPO & Seapost Society and the Iran Philatelic Study Circle during the one day event.

Stamp Active, the voluntary group that promotes stamp collecting to children, will also have an area to hand out free goodie bags to youngsters with activities for them to complete to win prizes. They will take in any donations from visitors who wish to support their programmes.

Additional details of the venue with views of the hall and site location including free parking, can be accessed at http://www.warwickshireexhibitioncentre.co.uk. For more information see www.midpex.wordpress.com.

See here for details of the ABPS AGM on Friday 28th July.

Royal Sutton Coldfield P.S. is holding summer meetings on 6th June, 4th July and 8th August - "Midsummer Madness" - see here for details.

The Spring 2017 MPF AGM and Convention was held on Saturday 13th May 2017 hosted by Worcester Philatelic & Postcard Society at Worpex. The AGM was at 12 noon - see here for the AGM Agenda, here for the AGM Minutes, and  here for the annual accounts which were accepted. Mark Rollason was elected as MPF Treasurer, replacing Colin Riddell who had to stand down for health reasons.

The results of the Spring 2017 MPF Inter-Society 9-sheet competition are here, Best-in-Show was jointly won by Alan Godfrey ("Wilkins-Ellsworth Arctic Expedition" in the Open class) for Redditch and John Barker ("German Lettercards 1897-1900" in the Traditional Stamps class) for Solihull, both with 82 points and Silver-Gilt awards.

The ABPS Accounts for 2016 are available here.  The answers to some questions on these Accounts, from Nigel Gooch, the ABPS Company Secretary and Treasurer, are available here.

There will be a West Midland’s regional meeting of the Royal Philatelic Society on May 27th 2017 at the Moor Hall Hotel on Sutton Coldfield (B75 6LN).  It is an all-day meeting with lunch in the hotel restaurant. There will be invited displays from Fellows, Members and Guests. The cost of the event is £17 and anyone wishing to attend should contact Steven Harrison by May 12th (sharrison500@btinternet.com).

Click here to view the May 2017 issue of the New Midlander.  Any copy for the next edition should be delivered to the Editor, Dr. Ken Flint by mid-August for publication on 1st September 2017.

An ABPS Exhibitions, Congress and International Newsletter, dated April 2017 is available here.

Clive Murray, who is receiving all the entries for the MPF competition at Worpex, is away for three weeks in April. Any entries sent to him will be stored securely until he returns but he will not be able to acknowledge receipt of an entry until his return. All entries should still be sent to Clive for collating at the address given on the form at the end of the latest New Midlander.

Click here to view the March 2017 issue of the New Midlander.  Any copy for the next edition should be delivered to the Editor, Dr. Ken Flint by 25th April for publication on 1st May 2017.  Included in the New Midlander is an entry form for the 9-sheet MPF inter-society competition at Worpex on Saturday 13th May. Please note the changes regarding delivery and collection of entries, requested by the convention officer.

The Chair of MPF is pleased to announce that Mark Rollason of Coventry Stamp and Postcard club kindly volunteered to take on the role of MPF Treasurer.  He will be formally elected at the AGM but is currently working in a volunteer capacity with Colin Ridell.

An ABPS Executive Bulletin dated January 2017 is available here.

Please find links below for the 2017 Philatelic Congress of Great Britain to be held from 27th-30th July 2017 at the Jury's Inn, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3UD:
Click here to view the January 2017 issue of the New Midlander.  Any copy for the next edition should be delivered to the Editor, Dr. Ken Flint by 21st February for publication on 1st March 2017.

See here for the results of the MPF Autumn 2016 16-sheet individual competitions.  Best-in-Show was John Smith's "German North Atlantic Catapult Service 1929-1935" with 85 marks and a Gold award.

Click here to view the November 2016 issue of the New Midlander.  Any copy for the next edition should be delivered to the Editor, Dr. Ken Flint before Christmas for publication on 1st January 2017.

The MPF Autumn Convention 2016 was held at midday at Arden School, Station Road, Knowle, B93 0PT as part of the Solihull Philatelic Society Fair on Saturday October 29th 14th 2016,  as was the MPF 16 sheet Individual Competitions (entry details in the September 2016 New Midlander, closing date for entries is 17th October 2016).  See here for the Agenda for the Convention which includes an address by Neil Ritchie, the ABPS General Secretary, on progress within the ABPS, and here for the half-yearly accounts.  The minutes of the meeting are here.

Click here to view the September 2016 issue of the New Midlander.  Any copy for the next edition should be delivered to the Editor, Dr. Ken Flint before 27th October for publication on 1st November 2016.

On the 1st September 2016 Streetly Philatelic Society will change its name to Royal Sutton Coldfield Philatelic Society to better reflect the demography of its membership.

The 2016 ABPS AGM has been announced, to be held on Friday 22nd July 2016 at the Belfry Hotel, Cambridge,  CB23 6BW starting at 12:15.  Please see here for a copy of the Agenda, and for some questions raised on behalf of Leamington & Warwick P.S. and as the MPF ABPS Representative (click here for updated questions with the ABPS response and my personal reply).

Please note that from the start of its next season in September 2016, the Rugby & District Philatelic Society will now meet at the Overslade Community Centre, Buchanan Road, Rugby,  CV22 6AZ.  The new venue has plenty of on-site and on-street parking, larger rooms, and everything is on the ground floor.

Click here to view the May 2016 issue of the New Midlander.  Any copy for the next edition should be delivered to the Editor, Dr. Ken Flint before 20th August for publication on 1st September 2016.  Past issues of the New Midlander can be seen here.

The MPF Spring Convention 2016 and AGM was held at Worcester as part of Worpex on Saturday May 14th 2016,  as was the MPF 9 sheet Inter Society Competitions - see the results here, Chris Jackson winning Best-in-Show with his entry on Malvern Undated Circles gaining 91 points.  Bryan Jones after many years of service to the MPF and Midlands Philately stepped down from his position as Chair whilst remaining on the Committee as a member without portfolio, with Ken Flint taking over as Chair and Colin Searle taking over Ken's role as President.  The Accounts can be seen here, along with the Treasurer's report here.  The minutes of the AGM are here.

Click here for links for the 2016 Philatelic Congress of Great Britain to be held from 21st to 24th July at the Belfry Hotel, Cambourne, Cambridgeshire CB23 6BW.  Congress will be hosted by the Cambridge Philatelic Society and the theme will be ISLANDS.  An exciting programme is being arranged.

"Stamp Lover", the journal of the National Philatelic Society, is sent to its members every two months and includes a Fairs Listing.  There is no charge for inclusion in the listing and they are always happy to include events organised by Federations or Local Societies that are attended by stamp and postal history dealers and are open to the public.  See here for details.

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