Midland Philatelic Federation


It is with great regret that we have to inform members that Mark Rollason, our MPF Treasurer, has died suddenly and totally unexpectedly at the age of 53.  Mark's funeral will be on Tuesday February 19th at 11.15 at Cannon Hill Chapel, Canley Crematorium, CV4 7JT.

Click here to view the February 2019 issue of the New Midlander.  Any copy for the next edition should be delivered to the Editor, Dr. Ken Flint by 24th March for publication on 1st April 2019. 

The January 2019 ABPS Exhibitions Newsletter is available here.

The Minutes of the MPF Autumn 2018 Convention are here.  It was agreed by the meeting that NO printed copies of the New Midlander will be centrally printed and circulated in future. Societies are asked to ensure that their members receive a copy by email or have a copy to read at meetings.

An ABPS Executive Bulletin dated December 2018 is available here.  Our MPF Chairman, Steven Harrison, has been co-opted to the ABPS Executive Committee and will be standing for election as ABPS Vice-Chairman at the ABPS AGM in York in July 2019.  This ABPS AGM will likely discuss an increase in the ABPS Affiliation Fee, to take effect in January 2020.

Click here to view the December 2018 issue of the New Midlander.  Any copy for the next edition should be delivered to the Editor, Dr. Ken Flint by 20th January for publication on 1st February 2019. 

The results of the MPF Autumn 2019 Individual competitions are here, with Clive Jones winning Best-in-Show with a Gold medal for a display of "The Clipper Period 1854-57". 

The MPF held its Autumn 2018 Convention on Sunday, 25th November 2018 at the Rugby Stamp Fair, Benn Hall, Newbold Road, Rugby, CV21 2LN.  The agenda for the meeting is here and the minutes of the previous meeting are here.

The Minutes of the ABPS 2018 AGM in July have appeared on the ABPS website here.  It appears that if the ABPS is to continue doing what it does currently that the ABPS Affiliation Fees will need to increase from January 2020.  Around a third of the 2017 ABPS expense was associated with London 2020 and Exhibiting.

Click here to view the October 2018 issue of the New Midlander.  Any copy for the next edition, including the new programmes for next season should be delivered to the Editor, Dr. Ken Flint by 20th November 2018.  The entry form for the MPF 16-sheet individual competition in November can be found here, the closing date for entries is Sunday 4th November 2018.

Worpex 2019 is cancelled - for details see the September 2018 New Midlander.

From 6th September 2018 Hinckley & District Philatelic Society are going back to their previous venue, now known as The Hinckley Academy & John Cleveland 6th Form Centre, at Butt Lane, Hinckley, LE10 1LE. 

Click here to view the September 2018 issue of the New Midlander.  Any copy for the next edition, including the new programmes for next season should be delivered to the Editor, Dr. Ken Flint in good time for publication 1st October 2018.

The Officers of the MPF have changed following the AGM held on 12th May at Worpex.  Colin Searle stood down as President after a number of years of service in a variety of roles, and Bob Harper has taken his place.  Dr Ken Flint is now the MPF General Secretary (in addition to editing the New Midlander) and Steven Harrison is now the MPF Chairman (in addition to being the Print Editor).  The remaining Officers are unchanged (see here for a list).  Societies are reminded that their MPF Affiliation fees for 2018-19 are due (as well as any affiliation fees that are still due for 2017-18).

The results of the MPF Spring 2018 Inter-Society competitions are here, with Malcolm Hughes winning Best-in-Show with a Gold medal for a display of Zululand.  

Click here to view the May 2018 issue of the New Midlander.  Any copy for the next edition, including the new programmes for next season should be delivered to the Editor, Dr. Ken Flint in good time for publication mid-August 2018.

The Midland Philatelic Federation AGM will be held at Worpex at 12 noon on 12th May 2017, at Perdiswell Leisure Centre, Bilford Road, Worcester, WR3 8DX..  The Agenda is here.  See here for the MPF statement of Accounts for 2017-18.

The Entry Form for the MPF 9-sheet Inter-Society Competitions is here.  Entries (printed colour copies), with a completed entry form, need to be posted to arrive at the address in the entry form by Wednesday 25th April. The entries and results will be displayed at the Spring 2018 MPF Convention at Worpex on 12th May 2018.  Worpex is at a new venue this year, at Perdiswell Leisure Centre, Bilford Road, Worcester, WR3 8DX.

Click here to view the March 2018 issue of the New Midlander.  Any copy for the next edition should be delivered to the Editor, Dr. Ken Flint by middle of April for publication on 1st May 2018.

The Royal Sutton Coldfield Fair at the Collingwood Centre, 3rd March 2018, was cancelled due to the weather.

An ABPS Executive Bulletin dated March 2018 is available here.  The Spring 2018 ABPS News is available here.

Northamptonshire Philatelic Society has changed its meeting venue as from the 1st March 2018 to  37 Billing Road, Northampton, NN1 5DQ.

The date of Nottinghamshire PS's auction at St Peter's Rooms, Ruddington, NG11 6HA been changed again to Saturday 17th February 2018.

The CENTENNIAL  PHILATELIC CONGRESS OF GREAT BRITAIN will be held from Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th July 2018 at Jurys  Inn, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AE.  See http://gbcongress.uk/ for details.

Due to a large increase in room hire fees for the venue used by the Telford Stamp and Card Club, their January and February meetings have been cancelled to save costs.  The next club meeting is at 7.30pm on Monday, 12th March, 2018, at a new location – the BELMONT HALL, Wellington, Telford, TF1 1LU.  It is the AGM and will be followed by a meal at the nearby Wetherspoon’s pub and eatery.  The following monthly meetings from April to June will be as advertised but at the Belmont Hall instead of at the Ketley Community Centre.  The quarterly Telford Stamp, card and coin fairs are NOT affected and will take place as advertised, also at the Belmont Hall.

Click here to view the January 2018 issue of the New Midlander.  Any copy for the next edition should be delivered to the Editor, Dr. Ken Flint by 11th March for publication in March 2018.

Hinckley & District P.S. have moved to St Francis Community Centre, Tudor Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 0EQ from September 2017 (apologies for the late notification, this move got missed by the MPF webmaster).

The Winter 2017 edition of ABPS News is available here and an ABPS Executive Bulletin dated November 2017 is available here.

The date of Nottinghamshire PS's auction at St Peter's Rooms, Ruddington, NG11 6HA been changed to Saturday 24th February 2018.

The minutes of the ABPS 2017 AGM in July have just been published here.  Unfortunately since the AGM Rufus Barnes has had to resign as Vice-Chairman and Federation liaison.

The Banbury Festival of Stamps, and the Autumn MPF Convention were held on Saturday 28th October 2017 at Blessed George Napier School, Springfield Avenue, Banbury OX16 9JD.  See here for directions and a list of dealers.  The results of the Autumn 2017 MPF 16-sheet Individual Competitions are here.  Two highly scoring Postcard entires were disqualified from the Open class by the judges (due to insufficient philatelic material) and as a result the MPF Convention agreed that future MPF Competitions should include a Postcard Class.  At the Convention an Award was made to Andrea Filipiuk, the long serving (25+ years) Programme Secretary of Leamington & Warwick Philatelic Society.

Click here to view the November 2017 issue of the New Midlander.  Any copy for the next edition should be delivered to the Editor, Dr. Ken Flint by Christmas for publication on 1st January 2018.

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

Click here to view the September 2017 issue of the New Midlander.  Any copy for the next edition should be delivered to the Editor, Dr. Ken Flint by 20th October for publication on 1st November 2017.  The New Midlander includes details of the Autumn 2017 MPF 16-sheet Individual Competitions and an entry form which needs to be received by Saturday 14th October.

See here for the ABPS Exhibitions, Congress and International Newsletter, August 2017.   An ABPS Executive Bulletin dated June 2017 is available here.

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.

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