Solihull Philatelic Society

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Version 30 22/04/2024

A pdf listing of the books in our Library has just been added.

Our final meeting will be the End of Season Philatelic Quiz on 23rd April with Iain Wells as the Quizmaster. 

Our meetings are on Tuesdays and start at 1:30 pm with a bourse for members to sell and exchange items of interest. The full meeting starts at 2:00 pm. A half-time break allows members to view the first half of the display and take refreshments.

Please look at the Gallery for pictures from some of our previous meetings. If you click on the picture, you can see more text explaining what you can see.

For more details follow links on the left (or the links at three bars at the top left on a mobile)

If you are interested in joining the Society, please see Membership for the benefits and use the form to contact us on the Contacts page. Visitors are always welcome.

The next Knowle Stamp Fair will be on Sunday 16th June at Knowle Village Hall between 9:30 am and 2:30 pm. The fairs are always on the third Sunday of each month, apart from May due to the Knowle Fun Run.  Do come along and support your local stamp fair. You never know what you may find. Ask dealers, other than your usual contacts, and you may be pleasantly surprised at what they have hidden away.

Bernadette would like any unwanted stock cards or packaging to be saved for her as she needs it urgently to pack up stamps for Oxfam. If you can help, please contact Paul through the email on the Contacts page.

  • A friendly society for beginners to more advanced collectors.
  • Weekly Day Time Meetings - (September - April) with free parking.
  • Speakers - We invite top speakers from throughout the UK.
  • Member Meetings- Opportunity to show items from your collection.
  • Philatelic and non-philatelic quiz nights.
  • Annual competition.
  • Bring & Buy (Members Bourse).
  • Approval Packet open to all members, especially valuable to those who cannot attend meetings- over 20 per annum (460 books). All packets are passed by hand.
  • The latest auction catalogues are available to peruse at meetings.
  • Library -  A selection of reference books and specialised stamp catalogues which can be borrowed.         
  • Disposal of Collections - We can provide advice on the options available.
  • Member Emails -  Auction Catalogues and general information stamp fairs and areas of interest circulated to members.   
  • Membership: Adults £12.00, Juniors  £0.50 and Family  £15.00. For more information please use the Contact form.

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 Classes (in line with ABPS and FIP) I. Traditional Traditional philately can embrace all aspects of philately. It is based on the collecting of postage stamps and related items, including materials related to the production of postage stamps. It also includes Telegraph, Railway and Local stamps. Stamps on covers and post cards may be shown provided no reference is made to rates, routes or postal markings. II. Postal History This class includes studies of the development of postal services, including the evolution of rates and routes, postal markings and marcophily. Marcophily, occasionally called Marcophilately, is the specialised study and collection of postmarks, cancellations and postal markings applied by hand or machine on mail that passes through a postal system It is not normally advisable to include unused adhesives or unused postal stationery. III. Aerophilately This class is based on studies of the development and operation of airmail services and the material prepared for these services, both official and unofficial. It can also include exhibits of airmail stamps and their use. IV. Thematic This class is for entries based on a theme or a subject which is developed to a logical plan by the use of the widest range of appropriate stamps and other philatelic material. Revenue stamps may be included where no other philatelic material will convey the intended message. However, such material should be used sparingly. V. Postcards The Picture Postcard class is now fully accepted as a competitive class at FIP exhibitions. A picture postcard exhibit can have a geographical (topographical) treatment, including for example illustrations from a place or area, or it can be developed thematically. An event may be shown as a form of reportage, or the exhibit may have the photographer, the artist, the printer, the printing process or the material as the topic. Original thinking and creativity may also lead to different treatments of an exhibit. The emphasis is on the picture rather than on philatelic aspects of the card. VI. Open This class gives an exhibitor complete freedom to present an exhibit on any subject using up to 50% of non-philatelic items. The lower the proportion of non-philatelic material the greater will be the possibility that it could adversely affect the proportion of marks given to that aspect. The non-philatelic material must not be thicker than 5 mm so as to be able to fit into standard exhibition frames. The picture side of post cards are classified as non-philatelic and the address side classified as philatelic. VII. 9 Sheet entries. This is available in all the previously listed categories to any member who has not previously entered that specific category in a 16 sheet competition. The marking scheme and awards are exactly the same as for the equivalent 16 sheet competition. VII. Social Philately. Social Philately: This is not a recognised class - Exhibitors who have previously shown in this class are encouraged to enter in Open Philately or one of the other recognised classes. 

 Evaluation System The criteria and points available are as follows: Classes I. Traditional, II. Postal History and III. Aerophilately Treatment and importance 20 points Treatment 10 points Importance 30 points Total Knowledge and Research 20 points Knowledge 15 points Research and Personal Study 35 points Total Condition and Rarity 10 points Condition 10 points Rarity 30 points Total 5 points Presentation 100 points Grand Total Class IV. Thematic Philately Treatment 15 points Title and Plan 15 points Development 5 points Innovation 35 points Total Knowledge, Study and Research 15 points Thematic 15 points Philatelic 30 points Total Condition and Rarity 10 points Condition 20 points Rarity 30 points Total 5 Presentation 100 points Grand Total Class V. Postcards Idea, Plan and Treatment of the topic 10 points Idea and Plan 20 points Treatment 30 points Total 35 points Knowledge and Research Condition and Rarity 10 points Condition 20 points Rarity 30 points Total 5 points Presentation 100 points Grand Total Class VI. Open Treatment 10 points Title and Plan 20 points Treatment 30 points Total Knowledge and Research 20 points Philatelic Knowledge and Research 15 points Non-philatelic Knowledge and Research 35 points Total Material 10 points Condition 20 points Rarity 30 points Total 5 points Presentation 100 points Grand Total Awards - Minimum points required: 90 points Large Gold 85 points Gold 80 points Large Vermeil (Large Silver Gilt) 75 points Vermeil (Silver Gilt) 70 points Large Silver 65 points Silver 60 points Silver Bronze 55 points Bronze Below 55 points Diploma [Updated following agreement at the 2019 MPF Autumn Convention] 

 Brief definitions of Judging Criteria These are to be found in a more complete format on the ABPS website. Treatment and Importance Treatment is how the exhibit tells its story; it needs a title and an introduction, a cohesive story line, an appropriate ending, and should be balanced overall. The ‘Philatelic Importance’ of an exhibit is determined by both the significance of the actual exhibit in relation to the subject chosen, and the overall significance of that subject in the field of philately in general. Knowledge and Research Knowledge is the degree of knowledge of the exhibitor as expressed by the items chosen for an exhibit and their related description. Personal Study is the proper analysis of the items chosen for the exhibit. Research is the presentation of new facts related to the chosen subject. Condition and Rarity Condition is relative; however, material should aim to be in the best condition available. However, it is important to remember the actual condition obtainable will vary according to the country and usage. Rarity is difficult to define in absolute terms and has to be assessed relative to the class of material. Thus in terms of numbers available, many postal stationery items would be considered rare to extremely rare when compared to adhesive stamps. Local Postal History material may be very rare indeed. Value is not rarity. The Judge should take account of: Does the subject area include very rare material? And Are all the accepted rarities in the subject area present? How difficult is it to acquire or replicate the exhibit? Presentation The write up must be clear, concise and relevant to the material shown and to the subject chosen for the exhibit. The method of presentation should show the material to best effect and in a balanced way. It is important to avoid unduly uniform arrangements. No advantage or disadvantage shall apply as to whether the text is handwritten, typed or printed. Brightly coloured inks and coloured album pages should be avoided 

The results of the competitions held on 6th February 2024 have now been issued. Due to the number of entrants, only the top two levels of awards are shown. All winners are shown in the Gallery.

In order to respect members' privacy, only the initials of participants are shown.

If you would like to know who that person was or if the entry interests you, simply join the Society and enjoy the benefits of membership.


16 Sheets

The Blue Fly BP 82 – Large Silver-gilt
4 anna Lithographed stamps of India TW 80 – Large Silver-gilt
France. Marianne de Muller HF 79 – Silver-gilt
King George V Photogravure issues 1934-1936 AR 75 – Silver-gilt

Mail between India & GB via Marseilles TW 91– Large Gold
Early Mails by South West Rails CJ 90 – Large Gold
The Early Post History of Henley-in-Arden BJ 83 – Large Silver-gilt
Germany Behändingungsschein JB 83 – Large Silver-gilt
Early Antwerp BP 80 – Large silver-gilt

The Survey Flights to Burma & Australia by Alan Cobham TW 91 – Large Gold
Paraguayan Zepplin Airmails 1931-1936 RS 85 - Gold
Australian Airmail via Horseshoe Route 1940-1942 LK 82 - Gold

No entries

Apollo 11 BP 72 – Large Silver
1987 New Year Greeting Post Cards BP 65 - Silver

Three Ancient Landmarks of Warwickshire RS 79 – Silver Gilt
1987 New Year Greeting Post Cards BP 76 – Silver-gilt
A Cruise to the Wonders of the Orient AC 63 – Silver-bronze
Belgium, the Life and Times of Albert1 JS 61 – Silver-bronze

Competition Entries 2024
1st Session
Frame No.ClassNameEntry Title
A1AerophilatelyBJThe Qantas Service to Yandina (1)
A2AerophilatelyHFAir-Bleu. France’s First Domestic Airmail Carrier
A3AerophilatelyACMcKenzie River, Canada, Airmail Services
A4AerophilatelyRSParaguayan Zeppelin Airmails 1931-1936
A5AerophilatelyLKAustralian Airmail via the Horseshoe Route 1940-42
A6AerophilatelyTWThe survey flights to Burma & Australia by Alan Cobham
PC1Post CardsJSBelgium - the life & times of Albert 1
PC2Post CardsACA cruise to the Wonders of the Orient
PC3Post CardsBP1987 New Year Greeting Postcards
PC4Post CardsRS3 ancient landmarks of Warwickshire
2nd Session
Frame No.ClassNameEntry Title
TR1TraditionalRBThe standing Lion of Sweden stamps
TR2TraditionalJSStamps and Post Offices of Thurn & Taxis
TR3TraditionalARKGV Photogravure issues 1934-36
TR4TraditionalHFFrance. Marianne de Muller
TR5TraditionalBPThe Blue Flea
TR6TraditionalTW4 anna Lithographed stamps of India
OP1OpenJBGermany Behändingungsschein (2)
OP2OpenBPThe Art of Uwe Bressem
9SOP19 Sheet OpenRBGerman Occupation of the Channel Islands
3rd  Session
Frame No.ClassNameEntry Title
PH1Postal HistoryIWRomanian TPO Postmarks 1881 – 1916
PH2Postal HistoryJSThe Postal History of Hessen
PH3Postal HistoryBJThe Early Postal History of Henley-in-Arden
PH4Postal HistoryHFA pot-pourri of postmarks
PH5Postal HistoryBPEarly Antwerp
PH6Postal HistoryTWMail between India & GB via Marseilles
PH7Postal HistoryCJEarly Mails by South Western Rails
TH1ThematicsBPApollo 11
  • (1) Solomon Islands
  • (2) A letter with a proof of delivery

Library List

This is a pdf listing of the books in our Library