next PPHSGB Auction N°68 will be postal and email only. Please go to the Society Auctions Page for further information.
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added. The page is arranged with the most recent dated item at the top. Items from 2013 can be found on the Archived News
CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME MESSAGE - TREVOR CORNFORD, FRGS
A WARM WELCOME to our website, from myself and all the Committee.It is very pleasing to take another step forward in promoting our Society and hobby.
Not only widening its appeal, making it easier to join or find information, but most importantly perhaps, have a forum for
all members, established or new, to have a 2 way communication with us and each other.I hope you will browse the site, especially the EVENTS page, and see the attractions we can add to your special area of interest – and if you do not find
it, tell us. Better still, contact the POLAR POST EDITOR John Youle who is pleased to receive articles to enhance knowledge, pose questions, or simply provide an interesting philatelic
story.While I personally specialise in the Scott/Shackleton
Expeditions, of the Heroic Age, the rest of the Committee equally show the diverse collecting interests of members generally,
from modern Indian Antarctic bases to Whaling mail and studies of cancellations and Expedition Postcards to Thematic or Social
History, both North and South.Over the years this diversity
has expanded the appeal to collectors from all around the World. Newer subjects such as old Photos, QSL cards, Literature,
original letters and maps, now all catch members’ attention.This
diversity means we are in touch with most collectors’ sphere of interest and can point enquiries in the right direction.We thus act as a broader fulcrum for collectors who may also have specialist society
memberships such as Scandinavian or Thematic where we embrace such interests.If you are interested in either or both of the Polar Regions, North and South, please
try us out – the Application form can be downloaded from this site.Please specify your
range of interests on the Application, but whatever they are, you will receive a sample past copy of Polar Post on
joining, and shared enthusiasm.Welcome again!
14th June 2014: Swinpex, St Joseph’s Catholic
College, Ocotal Way, Swindon: The Polar
Postal History Society of GB is expecting to hold a joint meeting with the Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group. The start
time will be 1:30pm in a meeting room at the College.
15th April 2014: New Issue The Falkland Islands: Fungi: The set of four stamps is illustrated below. There is no souvenir
sheet. For further details please go to: www.pobjoystamps.com
7th April 2014: Tristan da Cunha: Ships and Explorers: Three of the four stamps relate to explorers and ships well known to Antarctic
collectors. The designs show 35p – James Weddell and ‘Jane’, 45p – George Nares and ‘HMS Challenger’,
70p – Carsten Borchgrevink and ‘SS Antarctic’ and £1.50p – Dr Alexander Macklin and ‘Quest’.
For further details please go to: www.pobjoystamps.com
25th March 2014: New Issue The Falkland Islands: King Penguins, Predators and Prey: The set of four stamps is illustrated below. There is no souvenir
sheet. For further details please go to: www.pobjoystamps.com
12th March 2014: New agents for BAT stamps: It was announced today that
Pobjpoy Mint in association with Creative Direction Worldwide Ltd have been awarded the contract as the new agents for stamps
of the British Antarctic Territory from 24th March 2014. This combination of firms are already responsible for the stamps
of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Tristan da Cunha and several other Territories. Pobjoy Mint have a stamps website
Please note that Pobjoy Mint are wholesalers. You will still need to order BAT stamps
from your local stamp dealer or from the Philatelic Bureau in Stanley,
1st March 2014: Outcome of the PPHSGB AGM held on 22nd February
2014: The Society
has a new Treasurer from April 2014; further details will be published in the June 2014 issue of Polar Post. The
current Honorary President, Chairman, Secretary, Membership Secretary, Editor of Polar Post and Auction Superintendant
were all re-elected for 2014/5 through to the next AGM. The current Honorary Auditor/Accounts Examiner has decided for personal
reasons to stand down and thus this post needs to be filled by someone who is a not a Committee Member before the 2014 accounts
are ready for checking in early 2015.
The Society is holding Membership Subscription rates at the current levels for 2015 (£15 UK; £20 for
all other countries – there is no separate European Rate). The Membership Secretary will in future accept payments by
PayPal but for such payments the rates are £16 and £21 respectively to cover the Society’s additional costs.
Members who have not yet paid their Subscription for 2014 should do so by 31st March 2014 to ensure the continuing delivery of Polar Post.
The AGM minutes, the Accounts for 2013 and the reports of the various
committee members for 2013 will be published in the June 2014 issue of Polar Post.
28th February 2014: Mawson’s Huts Foundation (MHF) - covers
commemorating the opening of the Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum and other items: The MHF has produced a cover illustrated below to commemorate the
opening of the replica of Mawson’s Huts which opened as a museum in Hobart, Tasmania (AU) on 2nd December.
The MHF is also selling a mint postcard showing a painting of the Huts by Wendy
Sharpe as illustrated and Wendy Sharpe’s book of paintings entitled Wendy
Sharpe’s Antarctica (ISBN 9780957937420).
The advertising material and order form in PDF format can be obtained
by emailing the editor of Polar Post: jyoule at hotmail.de (replace “at” in the address to the
left with @). The information is currently
unavailable on both the website of Peter Cranwell and that of the MHF.
26th February 2014: Special Postmark in Adelaide, Australia, marking the Centenary of the Return of the Australasian
Antarctic Expedition 1911-1914.
Saturday 22nd February
2014: the PPHSGB Annual General Meeting and Spring Meeting will take place on the Saturday of Spring Stampex at the Business
Design Centre, Islington, London in Room D from
12:30 to 14:30. For further details please see Page 106 of the December 2013 issue of Polar Post.
Please note that the Society only has the room for two hours. Non-members are welcome to come along and find out what makes
us tick but are naturally not allowed to vote during the AGM.
February 2014: New Issue AAT: The Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-1914, Part 4, “Homeward Bound”: This is the final part of the series of issues and is in the
same format with 3 se-tenant 60c values and 2 A$1.20 values in sheets of 50 and a souvenir sheet with all 5 stamps se-tenant.
There is also a special Combined Sheetlet pack which includes a special sheetlet with all 20 stamps of the series
in a se-tenant block of 5x4 stamps. For further details please see the Australian Stamp Bulletin N°326 January-February
2014 available from the website of Australia Post at:
January 2014: New Issues - French Southern and Antarctic Territories TAAF: 19
stamps were issued as illustrated below. Further details are available at:
January 2014: Mawson’s Huts Foundation (MHF): In
December 2013 Peter Cranwell informed previous purchasers of a very limited issue of four covers (30 of each) featuring four
different paintings by Wendy Sharpe who travelled to the Huts a couple of years ago on board the Aurora Australis.
The covers sold out within a couple of days. One of the four covers is illustrated below.
available is a postcard showing one of Wendy’s paintings and her book entitled “Wendy Sharpe’s Antarctica”.
The non-philatelic book illustrates in colour many of the paintings Wendy created during the voyage onboard the Aurora
Australis. Please check out Peter Cranwell’s website for current MHF offers and what is still available from previous