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RPG Summer 2020  Postal Auction

As may be imagined, arrangements for the regular RPG auction of philatelic material  have been delayed by the ongoing Covid emergency.  Details of this Auction are now expected to be posted here by the end of July 2020. The Closing Dates for Bids will be 31 August 2020.

Short Philatelic Articles of Interest to Members

A substantial collection of (mainly pre-1970) magazine articles forms part of our Library collection.  Scanned copies of these articles can now be provided to members on demand.  Please see the Library page for details.

Coronavirus

While the RPG Committee has reluctantly taken the decision to cancel the 2020 Convention and to rearrange it for next year, the Group is very much ‘Open for Business’:

  •  Please continue to send queries via the Contact Us page on the RPG web site.
  •  Please continue to send queries and articles for Railway Philately to Keith Downing, the Editor of Railway Philately (address and email to be found in Railway Philately). Anything for inclusion in the June issue should reach him by the end of April 2020.
  •  Please send any other queries to Roy Hardiman, the RPG Secretary (address and email to be found in Railway Philately).
  •  It is expected that the RPG Summer 2020 Postal Auction will proceed as normal.
  •  The Exchange Packet will also continue as normal.
  •  Don’t forget that members with similar interests can discuss their shared interest with other members by using the contact details in the List of Members Interests (which was copied to all members)

In the meantime, we advise all members to follow official advice and protect themselves and others as best they can.

2020 Convention Cancelled.

Because of the Coronavirus Outbreak the 2020 Annual Convention is cancelled.

Arrangements for 2021 Convention

The 2021 Annual Convention will (circumstances permitting) be held at the venue in Derbyshire that had been arranged for the 2020 Convention.  If you have any questions about the Convention please send them using the ‘Contact Us’ form on this website.

2021 Annual Convention

It is hope The 2021 Convention will be held during the Spring of 2021 at the Whitworth Centre,  The date for the Convention will be advertised nearer the time, so please return to this Website from time to time for updates.

The Whitworth Centre is in Darley Dale, Matlock, Derbyshire on the edge of the Peak District National Park with a wealth of tourist and railway attractions close by. 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 are 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.

A booking form will be included a future Newsletter to members.  A copy will also be made available for downloading from this wWebsite.   Non-members who would like to attend the event (though you cannot vote at the AGM) are invited to let us know using the ‘Contact Us’ form on this website.

2019 Annual Convention

The 2019 Annual Convention of the RPG was organised by Terry Davies and held at the Royal Oak Hotel in Welshpool over the weekend of 27-28 April 2019. Following the usual pattern, this year’s was nominally a 1-day event on the Saturday, although the majority of participants made the occasion an excuse for an enjoyable long weekend. Socialising began on the Friday evening in the hotel bar when old acquaintances were renewed, but the business proper started the following morning. Proceedings were started briskly by Chairman Brian Childs who introduced the first of the speakers Prof. Cedric Pryse-Roberts, one of several guests from the Welsh Postal History Society, whose subject was ‘The Ruabon to Barmouth Railway and the Bala to Ffestiniog Railway’. This talk blended railway history and philately and provided a great introduction to the area. Our next speaker was a Canadian, Charles Spencer, who now runs the Welshpool and llanfair Light Railway, a local attraction that the RPG group were to visit on the following morning. Charles gave us a good insight into the strategies that have helped to sustain and develop the WLLR from its initial days in preservation. Most appropriately the final speaker before lunch, Les Winn, had made a collection of ‘The Railway Letter Stamps of the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway’ and this nicely complemented the preceding talk, looking at some of the anniversaries celebrated by the railway during its more recent years.

Brian Childs (2nd left)  flanked by Les Wynn (left) Charles Spencer and Cedric Pryse Roberts (right)

After lunch competition entries were put on display for attendees and our judge, Lynn Roberts to view. Later, following a close contest, the winners of two cups were announced. They were Dominic Wickremasinghe who won the Doncaster Cup with an entry titled ‘TPOs of Posen-Lissa-romberg 1852 – 1945’ and Chris Tennant whose entry ‘The Green Arrow Registered Transit Service’ won for him the Turner-Jackson Cup. The remainder of the Saturday afternoon was free for participants to explore the town but everyone came together again over a convivial dinner in the hotel.

Saturday morning saw most of the group reassemble at Welshpool Raven Square Station in good time to catch the timetabled 11.15 service to Llanfair Caereinion. Fortunately the rain of Saturday had abated and it was a pleasant ride through the green countryside on quite a busy train. At the terminus some opted immediately for the warmth of the cafe but many took advantage of a tour of the workshops and engine shed given by the WLLR’s finance wizard Bob Mason. Participants then went their separate ways, some returning to Welshpool on the 13:00 service while others returned at 15:30hrs. Overall it was a memorable weekend with a nice balance of philately and railways.

Item Added: 9 May 2019

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