Chairman's Message - June 2020 - Trevor Cornford FRGS

I was hoping this issue to be able to report on some wonderful events just passed but instead we have, and are experiencing, a dearth of events available to us meeting up. Before the current shutting of public places like hotels and halls where there were many planned meetings I just managed to enjoy a few local stamp club talks and handed in a 9-page display which up to now is still in quarantine and may not see it shown and/or returned to me before the late summer! However I did mange to retrieve my loan photo from the Spink Exhibition.

One result is now I am spending even more time on eBay – and money – but an interesting ‘modern’ BAT postcard is shown on Page 47 as an attractive modern genuine postal history item with a twist or 2! Sadly we may not see too much thus from the 2000s on as email and other social media communication options make it easier and quicker to send your bucket shop selfie of your Polar journey. Contrast with Birdie Bowers pulling a string for the Scott Polar Party enabling all 5 to be included! (See my article in Polar Post, N°232, March 2012, Pages 1, 4 & 5).

Well like many of you, lock down has also refocused activity and now my house, garden and collections are getting more organised. With my deposit money rolled forward to September for one event there is a faint window of anticipation to enjoy meeting again.

Take care and stay safe – and send John any good Polar philatelic stories and support our popular online auction to add to your own interests.