Midland Philatelic Federation


Click here to view the August 2020 issue of the New Midlander.  Any copy for the next edition should be delivered to the Editor, Dr. Ken Flint  for publication in October 2020.  Any articles would be appreciated as otherwise it will be very short.

The Solihull Stamp Fair at Knowle in October 2020 has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus.  The MPF Committee is considering what to do about the Autumn Convention and delayed 2020 AGM.

Society Resumption of Meetings
Societies are considering when they might resume meeting.  Can societies please contact me (leamphil@gmail.com) with news on their plans.
  • Gloucestershire Philatelic Society plan to resume meetings on 7th September.
An updated copy of the MPF List of Speakers is available here (July 2020).  If you spot any errors then please let the MPF General Secretary know as soon as possible so that the list can be corrected.

The MPF Committee have decided that there will be no MPF affiliation fee for societies next season (2020-21). Amended affiliation forms will be issued to Societies in August.

Click here to view the June 2020 issue of the New Midlander.  Any copy for the next edition should be delivered to the Editor, Dr. Ken Flint  for publication in August 2020.  Any articles would be appreciated as otherwise it will be very short.

Autumn Stampex 2020 Postponed
The Philatelic Traders Society, responsible for hosting Stampex International, has announced that the Autumn 2020 Stampex show scheduled for the 30th September to 3rd October has been postponed. The decision has been made following a full assessment of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic factors affecting the show, including safety and financial implications for our visitors and stakeholders. The show will be replaced with a Virtual Stampex event to be held online where you can still meet PTS members, shop for stamps, attend Stampex Talks and get special Stampex offers.

Cancellation of Stamp Fair & MPF Spring Convention, 17 May 2020, Benn Hall, Rugby
Taking in to consideration the Coronavirus situation at the moment, the increase in the number of cases over the next few weeks, the Government advice to avoid group meetings, the age profile of our hobby and the number of MPF societies that have already postponed or suspended meetings until further notice, it has been agreed with Simon Hemmings, the organiser of the actual fair, that the whole event should be cancelled.   The AGM of the MPF will be rolled forward to the Autumn convention on Saturday, 31 October in Knowle - which by then has a far better chance of actually taking place.
            Steven Harrison - Chairman, MPF

Other Cancellations:
  • Great Barr Stamp Fair on 28th March has been cancelled.
  • Some JRS Stamp, Postcard, Coins & Cigarette Cards Fairs have been cancelled, see website for latest status.  Check before travelling.
  • The next Knowle Fair, on Sunday 19th April, has been cancelled. There is no May fair and a decision about the fair in June will be made closer to the date.
  • London 2020 has been rescheduled to February 2022.
  • Tony Lester's next Auction on 5th April will be a postal auction only - the public auction has been cancelled. There is a lot more information on his website especially about viewing times and the need to book an appointment.
  • Autumn Stampex 2020 has been postponed (see website).
  • The Telford Stamp & Postcard Fair on 11th July is cancelled.  A decision about the fair in October will be made closer to the date.
  • The Solihull Stamp Fair at Knowle on 31st October is cancelled.  Solihull P.S. is hoping to run the fair in October 2021.
Coronavirus Status
Society meetings are cancelled at the moment due to Government restrictions - you are advised to check with the Society before travelling to a meeting in the future.
  • Banbury Stamp Society have cancelled their meetings until further notice.
  • Birmingham Philatelic Society have postponed their meetings on 19th March, 2nd April and 16th April, and will not resume until a Government all clear.
  • Cannock Philatelic Society have cancelled their meetings for April, May and June, and will review the situation in June.
  • Coleshill Philatelic & Postcard Club have cancelled their meetings for March and April, and will review the situation for May.
  • Coventry Stamp and Postcard Club have cancelled all meetings from 17th March until further notice.
  • Dudley Philatelic Society have cancelled  their meetings and will recommence with an AGM when possible.
  • Evesham & District Philatelic Society have cancelled their Auction originally scheduled for 16th March and all other meetings until further notice.
  • Hinckley & District Philatelic Society have cancelled all meetings from 17th March until further notice.
  • Leamington & Warwick Philatelic Society will not resume meetings until 16th December 2020 at the earliest and will be in a new location (22 New Street, Leamington, CV31 1HP).
  • Leicester Philatelic Society have cancelled all meeting up to and including August.
  • Matlock Philatelic Society have cancelled their meeting in April and will probably cancel their meeting in May.
  • Northamptonshire Philatelic Society have cancelled their meetings scheduled for 2nd April and 7th May.
  • Nottinghamshire Philatelic Society have suspended their meeting programme, see their website.
  • Radcliffe & District Philatelic Society have cancelled their meetings for March and April and are reviewing future meetings.
  • Redditch Philatelic Society have cancelled their Auction on 21st March.
  • Royal Sutton Coldfield Philatelic Society - all meetings of the society are now cancelled until September at the earliest..
  • Rugby & District Philatelic Society have cancelled all further meetings for this season, meetings should resume in September.
  • Rushden & District Stamp Club have cancelled their meeting on 17th March and are reviewing future meetings.
  • Solihull Philatelic Society will not restart their meetings until the beginning of 2021.
  • South Birmingham Philatelic and Postcard Society has suspended all meetings until the end of April when the decision will be reviewed.
  • The South Midlands Stamp Club have decided to defer resumption of their meetings until January 2021 when they will review the situation, see their website.
  • Stafford Philatelic Society have cancelled their April meeting, May is unlikely and June is doubtful. The next meeting is expected to be September.
  • Stratford-upon-Avon Philatelic Society will not resume their meetings in September and have decided to cancel all meetings until further notice until it is legal, safe and practical to resume.
  • Stroud & District Philatelic Society have cancelled all their meetings up to and including May, meetings should resume in September.
  • Telford Stamp & Card Club have cancelled their meetings in April, May & June, and hope to resume meetings in September.  The Fair in April is cancelled.
  • Wombourne & District Philatelic Society have cancelled their meetings in March, April and May.
  • Worcester Philatelic & Postcard Society have cancelled their meetings until 21st May when the situation will be reviewed.
Click here to view the April 2020 issue of the New Midlander.  Any copy for the next edition should be delivered to the Editor, Dr. Ken Flint by the last week in May for publication on 1st June 2020.  Any articles would be appreciated as it will be very short due to lack of meetings.

Click here to view the February 2020 issue of the New Midlander.  Any copy for the next edition should be delivered to the Editor, Dr. Ken Flint by the last week in March for publication on 1st April 2020.

Click here to view the December 2019 issue of the New Midlander.  Any copy for the next edition should be delivered to the Editor, Dr. Ken Flint by the last week in January for publication on 1st February 2020.

The meetings of Stratford-upon-Avon Philatelic Society on 27th Nov and 11th Dec will now be held at the previous venue of the Sports Centre Community Room at Stratford-upon-Avon School in Alcester Road, CV37 9DH as unfortunately Stratford Racecourse suffered from the recent flooding (the Press Room will not be available until the new year).  The dates, times and subjects are unchanged, just the venue changes.  When we start again at the Racecourse on 15th January 2020, the meetings will be in the Bar area next to the Press Room, instead of in the Press Room. This is intended to solve problems such as the lack of lighting around the disabled ramp to the Press Room and the slightly cramped conditions in the room.

The Autumn 2019 MPF Convention was held on November 10th at the Banbury Festival of Stamps, and included the MPF 2019 Individual 16-sheet competition,  with Cilve Jones winning Best-in-Show with a Large Gold medal for a display of "Insured Mail". The full results of the competition are here.
Following discussion and agreement at the MPF Convention, the MPF Competition marking schemes have been updated in line with that of the ABPS and FIP.  The minutes of the MPF meeting are here.

The list of dealers for the November Knowle Stamp Fair on 17th November is here (9:30am to 4pm).

An updated copy of the MPF List of Speakers is available here (November 2019).  If you spot any errors then please let the MPF General Secretary know as soon as possible so that the list can be corrected.

After a few months of declining attendance and declining dealer numbers Andrew Vaughan is trying to revitalise the Knowle Stamp Fair.  It takes place on the third Sunday of every month except May. Please try to attend this fair and also try to publicise it to other members as too many stamp fairs are disappearing these days.  See here for the dealers at the next fair on 20th October 2019.

The ABPS Executive Bulletin dated August 2019 (see here) includes news from the ABPS AGM held at York on 20th July. George Henshilwood has now been appointed as Secretary with Neil Ritchie moving to a key role in assisting the development of the ABPS website.  Our MPF chairman Steve Harrison was appointed ABPS Vice-Chairman.  The ABPS capitation fee will be £1.50 per member from 1st January 2020.  Presentations were made at the AGM to winners of the Award of Merit and the Congress Medal was presented to Gerald Marriner.

Click here to view the October 2019 issue of the New Midlander.  Any copy for the next edition should be delivered to the Editor, Dr. Ken Flint by 24th November for publication on 1st December 2019.  The entry form for the MPF Autumn 2019 Individual 16-sheet competition is included in this New Midlander, with a closing date for entries of Sunday 20th October.

Click here to view the August 2019 issue of the New Midlander.  Any copy for the next edition should be delivered to the Editor, Dr. Ken Flint by 24th September for publication on 1st October 2019. Ken is particularly looking for articles of a philatelic nature.

Initial feedback on Midpex 2019 has been very positive from  collectors and dealers.  Thanks to all dealers, societies and collectors who attended.  A provisional date for your diaries is Saturday 3rd July 2021 at the same venue, subject to a more detailed review of proceedings and to contractual agreement.

Click here to view the special "MIDPEX" June 2019 issue of the New Midlander.  MIDPEX 2019 was held at the Warwickshire Event Centre on Saturday July 6th 2019, from 10 am to 4.30 pm (ample free car parking, no entrance fee). The event in 2019 attracted superb support with around 60 dealers, including post cards, stamps, postal history, accessories and ephemera, and nearly 40 Specialist Societies. 

From September 2019 Stratford-upon-Avon Philatelic Society will be meeting at The Press Room, Stratford-upon-Avon Racecourse, Luddington Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 9SE.

The Midland Philatelic Federation’s Annual General Meeting was held at 12 noon on May 19th 2019 at the Benn Hall, Newbold Road, Rugby CV21 2LN in conjunction with the Rugby Stamp Fair.  Michael Chapling was elected as Treasurer, having been standing-in since the very unfortunate death of Mark Rollason, and Roger Williams has been elected as Competitions Officer.  The Minutes of the AGM are here.  The results of the MPF Spring 2019 Inter-Society competitions are here, with John Walker winning Best-in-Show with a Gold medal for a display of "Stars and Bars Flags".

Unfortunately due to falling numbers Aldridge Philatelic Society has had to close, as of May 2019.

The Midland Philatelic Federation’s Annual General Meeting and Spring Convention was held in conjunction with the Rugby Stamp Fair on May 19th 2019. The Annual General Meeting took place at 12 noon.  The Spring Convention included the MPF 9-Sheet Inter Society Competitions.

Click here to view the April 2019 issue of the New Midlander.  The next issue will be a special Midpex 2019 edition and will be sent out at the start of June. Any important notices for this issue should be sent to the Editor, Dr. Ken Flint by 24th May. 

The MPF Committee is very grateful to Michael Chapling who has volunteered to take over as MPF Treasurer, and he has been co-opted on to the MPF committee, to be formally elected as Treasurer at the MPF AGM in May.

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 was 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 2018 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).

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