8 July 2017

MIDPEX, Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Leamington Spa

I would like to express my thanks to those members who helped set up and staff the Society table and stand at this years MIDPEX (the Midland Philatelic Federation biennial stamp and postal history fair with specialist societies’ tables).  There were around 60 dealers present and some 40 specialist societies.  Members who helped included Richard Berry, Geoff Hanney (who also provided a 16 page display), Peter Harvey, Alistair Kennedy and Peter O’Keeffe.  There were also several other well known Society members around, helping out on other specialist society tables (including Peter Burrows, Graham Mark, David Tett, John Cowlin - who will be giving us a display at our London meeting on 14th October - and Susan McEwen on the Rossiter Trust stand who was also selling her own recent publication “A View of the Postal History of the Malayan Emergency - Occupation to Independence” or as dealers (the latter included Bill Pipe and Philip Kaye).

Whilst we only managed to sign up one new member, for me the event was more an opportunity to meet and greet members we don’t see that often or at all at our London meetings.  This included Peter Baker, the author of the recently published book “The Free French in London, 1940-1945” by the Rossiter Trust; Peter Grimley who I have spoken with on the phone and exchanged e-mails with on the subject of RAF PO registration label and Pete Chapman who I have now started to exchange information with on such subjects as RE Mobile Display Teams, Royal Tournament FPOs, BFPS 1000 datestamps and ANZUK FPO 5 amongst other topics !  There were also other members who visited our table and signed the attendance book including Barry Stagg, Robin Davis, Rodney Frost, Ray Haffner and Simon Greenwood and one or two others whose signatures I could not decipher !  Also, I suspect, there were other members who I met around the event and who may not have signed our book.  My apologies to anyone I may have missed, but it was a very long day and most of this was written on the train journey home.    

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