Helvetia Philatelic Society of Great Britain

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

Latest: The suggested theme for the forthcoming meeting of the Southern Group at Harnham Scout Hall, Lower St, Salisbury SP2 8HB  is ‘Lakes’  although, as usual, other material, of interest to participants, is welcome.

Annual meeting and AGM 2020: The meeting will take place in the East of England at the The George Hotel in Huntington on the weekend of 25-26th April 2020. The hotel is conveniently close to the railway station and, for motorists, the A1 road is nearby.Further details are published with the January 2020 newsletter.

Royal Philatelic Society of London: It is a pleasure to record that at the opening of the new 15, Abchurch Lane premises in London by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 26 November 2019, members of the society were present. Jonathan Cartwright ,Freddie Hoadley and Bob Medland , each a HPS member and Fellow of the RPSL, were amongst invited guests in recognition of their voluntary contributions in support of the RPSL library and IT modernisation activities.               

The photograph shows Jonathan Cartwright meeting H M Queen Elizabeth during her tour of the premises. Jonathan has been involved in the updating of the library. Readers may recollect that Mrs Alma Lee, a past stalwart of the HPS and distinguished philatelist,  was also  recognised for her contributions in support of the RPSL library.

The photograph shows Jonathan Cartwright meeting H M Queen Elizabeth during her tour of the premises. Jonathan has been involved in the updating of the library. Readers may recollect that Mrs Alma Lee, a past stalwart of the HPS and distinguished philatelist,  was also  recognised for her contributions in support of the RPSL library

Other News: Please note updates on the website this month include the latest revision of the newsletter index with the addition of data for 2019, courtesy of Freddie Hoadley.

The 2013 newsletters are also being added to the Newsletter archive.

Networking: At a time when some philatelic societies are experiencing declining participation, it is always pleasing to learn of interesting meetings that otherwise might be overlooked. Please consider posting through the website, notice of any speaking or exhibiting engagements to regional or other groups which might interest other HPS members in your locality . Opportunities to meet up and share mutual interests are always welcome. An email message to webmaster@swiss-philately.co.uk giving relevant details is all that is necessary.

Mike Sharp, second left, attended the Phila-Festival on 29/30 June in Brig, Valais, Switzerland. A notice of their event was posted in the May edition of the HPS Newsletter.

Seen in the photograph with Jean-Louis Emmenegger the Editor in Chief of the philatelic magazine Rhône Philatelie, Pierre Jeanfauve president of the Entente (publisher of Rhône Philatelie) and Jean-Louis Borter president of the Philatelic Club of Brig and the exhibition organising committee.

Regional Meetings

Southern Group:

The next meeting will be held on Saturday 7th March 2020 commencing at 10.30 am at the Harnham Scout Hall, Lower St ( off Harnham Road), Salisbury SP2 8HB.

The programme will include opportunities for members to display any material with a Swiss connection, including recent acquisitions, from their own collections. 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:

Unfortunately, no arrangements for a further meeting are yet possible. Suggested venues have been confounded by issues of accessibility or costs.

Meetings.

‘Any philatelist interested in any meeting is invited to make expressions of interest through the Secretary, Neville Nelder. 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

01453 765937

OR

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

01453 765937

OR

secretary@swiss-philately.co.uk