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*** UPDATE **

Members will be aware that due to the Coronvirus (COVID-19) pandemic we cancelled our April, May, June and July meetings and also our War & Philately Stamp & Postal History Fair at Banstead in August.  

The Committee taking into account our duty of care to those attending meetings and awareness of the age and health profile of many of our attendees or their spouses, and taking into account the social distancing rules and the effect that has had on our meeting venue has made the decision to cancel our Union Jack Club meetings for the remainder of the year (September to December 2020 inclusive).

However, we have decided to hold a physical meeting at Banstead on Saturday 12 December 2020 – the Banstead Community Hall, Park Road, Banstead, Surrey SM7 3AJ - where we would normally hold our annual War & Philately event.  It will be an all-day meeting from 10am to 5pm.  This has a large enough hall to accommodate a larger number of members under current social distance rules and has a large free to use car park for those not wishing to use public transport.  Of course all this could change nearer the time, depending upon government rules and regulations at the time.  As well as displays we also hope to have a small number of members present selling material from their stock.  In order to control numbers should you wish to attend please advise Peter High (Peter can be contacted by email at: programme@forcespostalhistorysociety.org.uk).  The programme will be “meet & greet” and browse items for sale in the morning with displays in the afternoon.  Refreshments will be on sale in the cafe area.  As it stands at the moment face masks to be worn, except when taking refreshments.

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Established in 1952, the Forces Postal History Society was formed to bring together the many collectors interested in the postal history of the Armed Forces of all countries, (and United Nations), at all times, whether in war or peacetime, including the study of postmarks, cachets, postage rates, prisoner-of-war mail, stamps and stationery, censorship and the organisation of military postal services.

Since its formation the Society has achieved steady growth with nearly 300 members in many countries. A wide variety of interests is catered for covering all military forces in all theatres of war and in peacetime.

Support amongst members is naturally strongest for the armed forces of the Crown with devotees concentrating on Royal Navy, the RAF, first and second World Wars, military camps etc. Others collect and study on a one country basis but whatever their interests, narrow or widespread, the Society encourages groups of members with similar interests to pool their knowledge and support further study into their chosen field in the hope that a draft manuscript suitable for publication will ultimately emerge. Moreover, members are especially urged to write articles for the Journal, to report new items and supply information generally.

Please use the Society link above to find out more about how we are structured and what we do.

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