An experienced team of dealers is elected at each Annual General Meeting (AGM) to oversee the Society's affairs.
At the 2016 AGM, held in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, on the 6th of October, these were:
MALCOLM TUDOR, (Powys) Chairman
JANE CAVILL, (Somerset) Confidential Lists Officer
TONY CAVILL (Somerset)
JOHN HORSEY (Hampshire)
RAY HOWES (Dorset)
The Society was founded in 1966 and so 2016 - 2017 marks our 50th Anniversary
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What an Adventure - a recent article from The Bulletin
ADPS member JAN BLOK led a philatelic-themed tour in Palestine in May 2016. Collector David Hague was on the tour and tells us about the exciting time they had. A similar tour is planned for 2017, once again organised and led by Jan.
It was 1st May 2016 that I first met Jan, by arrangement, at my hotel in Jerusalem. We then caught the bus to Ramallah, and the adventure started.
We were based at a family-run guest house in Jifna (biblical Ophni from Judges 18:24). Waleed joined us most days and Manhal also joined us for a short time. The thing that connected us was the fact that we all collect stamps of the Palestinian Authority, whether it is mint stamps, used stamps, covers, cancellations or whatever. I have a full collection of the mint stamps and my main aim was to find some of them used. As there are no stamp shops in Palestine, the only way to find used stamps is to buy them mint and use them on envelopes. In our time in Palestine we travelled north to south, east to west and visited about two dozen post offices as well as the main philatelic office in Al-Bireh. The staff of every post office we visited offered us coffee, and three even sent out for a take-away lunch for us. Everyone was so welcoming and encouraging. Every post office simply handed over their books of stamps for us to peruse at leisure. We even got to place the cancellations on our envelopes ourselves to make sure they were readable.
Apart from stamp collecting, we also visited Jacob's Well at Nablus, Hisham's Palace at Jericho, Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, Mar Saba Monastery and various other well-known places. We had a full tour of Hebron, including Abraham's tomb, and then our guide, Kifa, who is in charge of the Philatelic Bureau, took us to a very fashionable restaurant and bought us lunch.
Although we had to pass through several Israeli checkpoints, and couldn't visit a few places because our hired car had Palestinian number plates, we were never in danger and saw no unrest between Palestinians and Israelis. I hope this inspires others to join the tour next year.
Palestine Post's Ramallah Post Office
A King George post box still in use in the village of Beit Jala