Chairman’s Message - March 2018 - Trevor Cornford FRGS

Stormy days at the start of the New Year – but I think it’s only the weather, the Polar
collecting world looks set very fair! Welcome to 2018 with more good events to anticipate
– see Society Events - and especially the Royal Philatelic Society of London invite to the Polar collecting community to visit 31st May and put on a massive display, probably not seen in its depth and spread since the PPHSGB invite under Harry Evans in February 2003 for our 50th Anniversary. DON’T MISS IT – contact Robert Hurst or myself to get on the Register for guest entry if not a member. I am told this is important for safety/numbers reasons and the issue of name badges.
Strength of interest in material was no better seen than in results from Argyll Etkin and
Grosvenor last end of year from both ‘Ends of the Earth’. (See their websites for full

Vis a vis speaking of which, our own Auction offerings seem to attract low interest apart from some more unusual items. I suppose this is not a surprise, but it would be good to hear from members of items they are looking for and we can ask others to send in for sale? Especially for the live one at our weekend which always goes well! The NZ TAE certificates for instance have all sold well . WE NEED A DEDICATED AUCTION MANAGER – even if only for one auction per year!

Personally I am giving a Display on a number of topics this year, first on Postcards and Ephemera from Shackleton’s Expeditions 1901 onwards – Part 1 – it looks to be a long series! (See below). Unrecorded items may be scarce but still a few turn up most years. In November I was privileged to show 100 pages of Antarctic Expeditions to the Redhill Society as 1 of 3 main speakers fortheir 80th Anniversary in November 2017, receive a Gold certificate for 16pp of Shackleton on Discovery in the Thames Valley Philatelic Federation Open competition, network at the Caird Society AGM (Shackleton buffs) meeting Marston’s grandson and the head of the Fram museum Oslo, topped off with the Fred Goldberg sale and visit to a museum to see Reginald Koettlitz’ Polar bear – stuffed! – donated after his trip with Jackson – Harmsworth 1897 – flying the Polar flag at all events, including correcting a major factual error at the museum.

Moving on, we are pretty much full for main speakers at a Weekend at Cambridge in 2018 having had a good response, (all who offered should expect to show), but Saturday night is still the place to show and tell your favourites on any subject!
P.S. Please remember to send John Youle your articles for Polar Post, no matter how short. Please concentrate on Polar material within a philatelic context.