Solihull Philatelic Society

Welcome to our website

Version 33 04/05/2024

To encourage you to enter our competitions and use our Library, our competition rules and a Library listing have now been added.

Our traditional summer meetings will be held between 7:30 and 9:00 pm on 11th June, 9th July and 13th August. We meet for a drink, a chat, exchange auction catalogues and generally put the world to rights. You are invited to join us at the Drum and Monkey public house at 177 Four Ashes Road in Dorridge B93 8ND.

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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Library List

This is a pdf listing of the books in our Library. The format is now in landscape to be able to show the publisher.

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

What are in the categories?

This download gives details of what is included in the different classes.

What are the marking schemes?

The marking schemes for each class are shown. You can find the marks required for the different types of awards at the foot of this file.

What are the judging criteria?

Some brief notes of what the judge is looking for.