Chairman's Message - March 2020 - Trevor Cornford FRGS

It’s currently ‘Polar’ climate experience as I write but I hope you are all gearing up
for a ‘‘hot’ run of Polar related events in the first half of this year. Apart from joint
meeting with the FIPSG at London 2020 they have the usual weekend but with added
excitement of a day visit to Bristol to see the SS Great Britain and a meal on board as
part of their 50th Anniversary celebrations.

The Spink event I mentioned in December was a magnificent success both in content
and meeting a number of friends from the Polar world home and abroad – and the free
Saturday talks the day before closing were informative and entertaining, especially
about Captain Oates. We were also allowed to leave our printed PPHSGB membership
leaflet which has encouraged at least one new member. If still available, the copiously
illustrated catalogue reads more like a book on 200 years of Polar history and exploration
and well worth the money - 260+ pages!

Just prior to the Spink Event I attended a talk about Shackleton’s voyages, a fund
raiser on behalf of the RNLI including a good dinner with Robert Hurst and other
excellent table company. Just after to round off the year I collected some restored
Antarctic related paper items which hopefully means they will last another 100 years.
The Shackleton leaflet not seen before shown here bottom left references his Life Story
by Commander Worsley, his Captain on Endurance, and navigator of the James Caird
to South Georgia in 1916 - the most amazing survival story also.

On other matters, the fruits of some very hard work by Steve Allen using the Website
is facilitating member Auction sales - Do try and find a couple of items value £10 or
more and email scans to him. Also it encourages new members. Going forward, do
keep a regular eye on the site and visit to keep up with events outside and in between
the excellent Polar Post – used together provide great contact and info.
In so far as this is issued before the AGM I once again pay tribute to all our officers –
Committee or otherwise who keep the Society running so well in a busy life. Sadly as
we go to press we received news of the passing of Herbert Lealman MBE our stalwart
Polar Post distributor for 44 years – Herbie was a great help over many years, our
condolences are given to his family on behalf of us all – RIP .

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.