Welcome!

Welcome to Southampton and District Philatelic Society. We are one of the leading and most active societies in the area and seek to cater for everyone interested in stamps and postal history, whether they are experienced philatelists or collectors new to the hobby.

Our programme covers a diverse range of activities including twice monthly evening meetings with first class speakers, auctions, bourse evenings, and competitions. There is also an afternoon meeting each month.

See the meetings page for our new ZOOM meetings schedule. Keep an eye on Auction News for postal only auctions.

Update on the Society’s Activities

Bugle Street and Chandler’s Ford Meetings:
it is unlikely that any face-to-face meetings will take place until after March 2021, although the position will be reviewed regularly following any government announcements. This unfortunately will apply to both Bugle Street and Chandler’s Ford. If the position improves, an attempt will be made to begin with trial meetings at Chandler’s Ford.

Zoom Meetings:
the presentations given via the Zoom system have been very successful, with an increasing number of participants, including visitors and members who cannot get to face-to-face meetings. As ever, the range of topics is wide and inevitably entertaining. The plans are to continue with the pattern established of Zoom presentations on the first and third Tuesday of each month, but there may be some flexibility necessary in this arrangement. To date the presentations have been given by Society members, but we hope to have presentations from ‘visitors’ in the future. If you are interested in making a presentation or viewing the Zoom presentations please contact the Secretary .

Auctions:
in common with other societies and organisations all auctions are currently conducted as postal auctions. The catalogues are distributed postally and are on our web site. The planned January and March auctions will be combined into an enhanced ‘Tuesday evening’ auction in February, with catalogue distribution in January. If you have any material for auction, require guidance or further information, please contact Auction Manager .

Packet Circuits:
the circuits are now operating fully, although with modified guidance to minimise risks to members. There are generally 15 packets in circulation, including one on the Isle of Wight. Some changes have been made to the circuits and generally two packets circulate together so that there is a reduction in travel time that members have to make when transferring packets and minimising contact. This change reflects, in part, the lack of face-to-face meetings which in the past enabled direct transfer. For further details or information please contact Packet Manager Dr .

Postmark:
the next issue of Postmark will be issued towards the end of November or early December, but of course not with the auction catalogue (see auction information).

Finance:
the Society remains in a good financial position despite a significant drop in income owing to the pandemic; this is a reflection of the prudent financial management of current and previous treasurers and the reserves built up to cover emergencies. Although less has been spent on hall hire, there have been some increased costs of printing, purchase of a Zoom Licence and additional postage costs.

Vacancies:
there are a number of vacancies which require to be filled now or by the next AGM, these include Postmark Editor, Archivist, Curator of the Society Collection and Librarian. If you can help in any of the areas please contact Eddie or Mel.

This notice updated 25/10/2020.

Click here to see additional Packet Circulation steps we are taking during this "no meetings" period.

Vendors for the auctions may list items for sale by means of an excel spreadsheet. Email our Auction Manager to request a template.

We have a table at HAMPEX each year to meet members old and new. We often organise trips to national philatelic events such as SWINPEX, MIDPEX and STAMPEX. Our full programme may be seen by clicking the Meetings button on the left hand navigation bar.

Members receive Postmark which is published quarterly and contains news of local activities as well as our auction lists insert. In addition there is a busy exchange packet which circulates frequently giving members another opportunity to purchase items to add to their collections. We have an extensive library which is open to members on club nights.

We have another year of bumper philatelic events as listed on our Meetings page for 2020 - our 88th Year.

If you are interested in stamps or philately in general then you cannot afford not to be a member. Just click on the Membership button for more information. For general queries go to the Contacts page.


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