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

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 information will be given in forthcoming newsletters.

A successful meeting at Harnham, Salisbury: This meeting, on Thursday 24 October, was arranged short notice following the loss of the Whaddon venue. The Scout Hall , also used by other philatelic societies, was well received by attendees. It met the Society needs very well having good light with ample room for the presentation of the display boards  and outside adequate off road parking.

This weekday meeting confirmed that the prevailing practice of scheduling meeting for weekend days is most sensible. Apologies received confirmed that personal weekday obligations and commitments precluded participation by some members. It was also remarked that travelling times were extended on account of the working week traffic,  a significant consideration for those required to make an early start.                       

Other news: The Society has learnt of a new Swiss Philatelic Facebook Group following a communication from Robert Thornton. Although not promoted by the Helvetia Philatelic Society, it may be of interest to some members. Details of a hyperlink are included in the Useful Links section of this website.

Gold medal award: Fred Hoadley FRSL has been recognised by the Royal Philatelic Society of London for his contribution to the development of their website. Congratulations Fred! Some members may be unaware that he voluntarily has maintained the the newsletter index in recent years in support of the search engine. Just one of his many contributions to our Society.

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

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:

A successful inaugural meeting organised by Peter Berck was held in October at the Eaton Hotel, 279 Hagley Road in Birmingham. The venue found favour with participants who reported easy access whether by public transport from New Street railway station or by car from the nearby motorway network.

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


‘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


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