Helvetia Philatelic Society

for stamps and postal history of Switzerland

Founded over 70 years ago, we pride ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming society for collectors and students of Swiss stamps and postal history. Our membership is located both in the UK and throughout the world. Beginners and experts alike are welcome to join and participate in our activities. To find out more, click here.

What’s New

June 2021

It is proposed that the annual weekend meeting, previously postponed in April 2020, should take place at The George Hotel, Huntingdon on the weekend of 9/10th October 2021. As in the past, the programme will include both presentations and the Society philatelic and postal history competitions with ample time for informal discussions. It is hoped to have a Society dinner on the Saturday evening.

The proposal is premised on the assumption that prevailing public health legislation and guidance will allow the meeting to take place.

Full details of the two day programme and booking arrangements will be published in the July newsletter. However, to test the viability of the proposal, advance expressions of interest and availability are now being sought for this October weekend date. Please contact Mike Sharp, the new Secretary, by email at secretary@swiss-philately.co.uk or by telephone 01905 423091 to advise whether or not you are likely to attend for all or part of the meeting .

Committee changes: A report on the virtual AGM held on 20th May 2021 will be published in the newsletter. However, in advance of that, members will wish to acknowledge and record our appreciation of Neville Neilder who is retiring from his Secretarial role after seven years . Mike Sharp has accepted an invitation to take over the post. Contact details will be amended on the website.

Tim Hargreave has volunteered to join the committee and take up the Webmaster role previously undertaken by Mike Sharp. The HPS Society website continues to be maintained by
Razor Solutions Ltd.

Werner Gattiker has agreed to support promotional activities to ensure the future health of our Society.

News of the future virtual philatelic meetings.

The next HPS ZOOM meeting is scheduled to begin at 19.00 hrs on 17th June 2021. Participants may join from 18.45hrs.

News of the American Helvetia Philatelic Society virtual meeting on 1st May 2021: The meeting was devoted to a series of members contributions. Highlights included discussion about a number of Cantonal stamp specimens shown by Tom Smith and the recognition of forgeries or facsimile stamps. The benefits and costs of expert opinion and certification were explored. Several covers shown included Razor cancellations which are currently of popular interest. Roger Heath shared an example with a Lausanne test cancellation dated 3-10-1889 which he had discovered and acquired at very modest expense, undoubtedly a reward for diligent research. The meeting concluded with an informative display of Kocher stamps and explanation of their use by Bruce Marsden.The AHPS have their next meeting on 5th June 2021.

Other forthcoming events: MIDPEX is a biennial exhibition first held in 1995 and attended by stamp collectors from across the UK. It brings together specialist societies with local, national and international dealers covering all aspects of Philately. MIDPEX 2021 is expected to go ahead at the Warwickshire Event Centre, Leamington Spa, CV31 1XN on 3rd July 2021 10:00am – 4:30pm This is, of course, subject to any future government restrictions. For more information please contact Steven Harrison by email: sharrison500@btinternet.com or look at the venue’s website: https://www.warwickshireeventcentre.co.uk

ZOOM: Guidance notes, prepared by a member of the Society, Martin Lodge, to help those unfamiliar with the IT procedures necessary to access and participate in HPS ZOOM meetings are now available on the website in the Useful Links section – see (link to Zoom Guidance). If members wish to watch or participate in meetings they must first register their name and email address with the Chairman, Bob Medland. For each specific meeting, only registered members (and reciprocal members) will then be sent joining details for each meeting.

Reminder about the benefit of membership: The Society welcomes to our website all visitors interested in the philately and postal history of Switzerland. There is a wealth of information freely available through the pages and links. However, for a modest annual subscription, archive newsletter access is not restricted to those published 5 or more years ago. There are other benefits including an extensive lending library service and the option of participating in a popular packet sales service amongst members seeking to purchase elusive items or sell duplicate material.

Networking: News of Society members wider philatelic activities including contributions to other philatelic societies is always welcome.

Regional Meetings

Southern Group:

No future meetings have been planned at this time.

The programme normally includes  opportunities for members to display any material with a Swiss connection, including recent acquisitions, from their own collections. The theme will be postmarks. It is also an excellent opportunity to seek opinions about queries and share research findings. Guests are welcome.

Please remember to contact Werner Gattiker in advance if planning to attend to facilitate the catering arrangements.

Apologies also appreciated from regular attendees, please email :-  werner@swissstamps.co.uk

Midlands and the North Group:

No future meetings have planned at this time


Any philatelist interested in any meeting is invited to make expressions of interest through the Secretary, Mike Sharp. secretary@swiss-philately.co.uk

Art, Crafts & Design:

Richard Donithorn, the Society’s Editor, has produced another extremely useful document listing all Swiss stamps with a subject of Art, Crafts, and/or Designs. Zumstein catalogue numbers are used throughout, and the article will be of particular benefit to thematic collectors.
Click here here for more detail.

Swiss Trial Prints

The 7th Edition (September 2015) of Swiss Trial Prints, produced by Derrick Slate, has now been added to the website. Click here for the Swiss Trial Prints Catalogue to view and download the 164-page catalogue for free.

Good To Know

A series of informative articles written by HPS member and expert Werner Gattiker. Appearing in the newsletter from 2012 onwards, these help collectors identify and separate those ‘difficult’ stamp issues. For example, the Rayon Issues of 1850-1852 have various ‘types’ derived from the lithograph printing stones use. ‘Type Tables’ for Rayons I, II, and III can be found here on the website.

Are you interested in Swiss stamps and postal history?

Why not join our Society, and enjoy all the benefits that membership offers.

To find out more please contact the Secretary on

01905 423091


Click on the thumbnails below to find out more about early Swiss stamps.

Are you interested in Swiss stamps and postal history?

Membership of our Society has many benefits including a monthly newsletter, regional and national meetings, a superb lending library etc.

To find out more please contact the Secretary on

01905 423091