The RPG Annual Convention (plus AGM) is held in late Spring / early Summer each year. It is open to RPG members, but visitors are also welcome.
The Convention format alternates from year to year. One year it will be a one-day event, and the next year it will be a weekend event, with the venues being chosen from different regions around the country: during the past few years we have met in Perth (2016), Shildon (2017), Solihull (2018) and Welshpool (2019). Regrettably the Committee was forced by the coronavirus outbreak to cancel the 2020 convention so the 2021 Convention will follow the pattern and be a two-day event.
Members give talks and displays on various topics of RPG interest, with plenty of friendly discussion and chat – you always learn something new! There are also display competitions (see below) in various classes, with some rather grand trophies to be won! There is also often a Swap Shop. It is always enjoyable, so why not come along and see?
RPG Annual Convention 2021
It is intended to hold the next RPG Annual Convention during Spring 2021 at the Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale, Matlock, Derbyshire . The Whitworth Centre is on the edge of the Peak District National Park with a wealth of tourist and railway attractions close by; the Convention Organiser is Keith Downing. The convention will include members’ displays on all aspects of railway philately as well as the Group’s AGM.
Peak Rail runs through the village with the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, the Midland Railway Centre, the National Tramway Museum and Barrow Hill Roundhouse all close by. Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall are within 5 miles whilst Bakewell, Buxton, Chesterfield, Cromford Mills World Heritage site, Bolsover Castle and Hardwick Hall are all in the area.
Matlock is served by an hourly train service from Derby and Nottingham with an hourly direct bus service from Buxton giving easy access to Manchester and North West England. East Midlands airport is close to Derby with flights from a range of cities. Matlock is just 10 miles from the M1.
There is a range of hotels and guest houses in the area including Matlock Premier Inn although as it is a popular tourist area, it can be difficult to make last minute bookings. It is advisable to book accommodation as early as possible once you know you will be attending.
More details of the programme will be published here as they are finalised. However, following the usual pattern, there will be an optional RPG dinner on the Saturday evening, probably in Matlock.
You can use the CONTACT US facility to find out more about the 2021 Annual Convention, or to indicate that you might be interested in attending.
RPG Annual Convention 2020
The RPG Convention 2020 which was due to be held at the end of May has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. It is intended to carry forward the arrangements that had been made for this event to the Convention in 2021 (see above)
About RPG Conventions Generally
In the months before the Convention, members submit offers to the Convention Coordinator to present railway philatelic displays on topics of their own choosing. There is not usually a set theme and the variety of presentations offered is often one of the attractions of the event. The displays take the conventional multi-page form and ‘tell a story’ about the main topic through philatelic items and a connecting narrative. A data projector and laptop computer are normally available for the use of anyone presenting a talk who wants to use a computer-based series of images (such as a PowerPoint display) to support his/her paper-based presentation.
Attendance at Conventions is usually FREE to RPG members, but we need to know in advance how many people are coming and so ask people to register in advance with the Convention Coordinator.
Mid-morning and afternoon tea and coffee is normally provided for delegates, as well as a buffet style lunch on the Saturday. Attendees will arrange their own accommodation and their own evening meals. However, the Coordinator is usually able to advise on the choices available locally, and frequently a specific hotel is chosen as a recommended base so that members can socialise outside the Convention programme.
The RPG will run Competitions annually, subject to there being sufficient entries. Each event has its own magnificent trophy – which the winner will keep for a year (and have his/her name engraved alongside some of the great RPG names of the past!).
Subject Specific Competitions (sixteen A4 pages or equivalent)
Railway Postal History – including TPOs, RSOs, Station marks etc (Doncaster Cup)
Railway Stamps – Parcel, Newspaper, Letter (old-style & modern) (Turner Jackson Cup)
Railway Thematics (Malin Cup)
Open Postal Competition (nine A4 pages or equivalent)
Any railway philatelic subject (Ewen Trophy)
Further information about the 2020 RPG Competitions will be provided on this website nearer the date of the Convention
Convention venues are selected so that there is usually a wide range of attractions within easy reach that may be visited by the partners of attendees while formal activities are taking place. Partners are also most welcome at the dinners and social events within the programme.