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We are now well into the winter season and the storms have hit on two occasions already. That means most of us will have gone into hibernation mode. It is also the time to regroup and spend time indoors preparing for the new season
Secretary's Announcement by Brian Hague
It’s that time of year again. I am not just referring to the holiday season. It’s also that the time to renew your membership for 2014. Subscriptions fall due on 1st January 2014 and remain at £16.50
The flyer enclosed with the magazine indicated the way payment is possible, PayPal included!
I do hope you will renew and continue to benefit from membership of SPS.I will not pretend that your Society has not been without its problems in recent times and sometimes it takes a while for a solution to emerge.
This was brought home to me at the Vikings meeting in Perth in September. In recent years I have had to listen to (not unwarranted) complaints about the Packet service from fellow attendees. This year these attendees were playing a far more amenable tune applauding the efforts of our new Packet manager Michael Chapling. Although loss of reputation can be lost in an instant and can take a long time to rebuild, Michael has worked wonders restoring the reputation of the service and regained much of the trust and created a facility much appreciated by many of our UK members
In respect of the library, the solution may have been less perfect, as we failed to find a new home for it. The arrangement made with the National Philatelic Society preserves most if what the UK members have been accessing whilst its functions were carried out internally
Whilst the remainder of the Library has now been sold off, members who bid successfully for books should have been notified by now. Disposal is being carried out country by country basis and should be completed by the end of December
No winter Auction
You may have noticed a glaring omission from the December Contact: There was no Auction catalogue. This is NOT a mistake. The NE Vikings tell us that the last auction barely broke even and there has been very little new material coming forward.
Remember! You do NOT have to be a member of SPS to become a vendor. If you believe you have something philatelic of a Scandinavian nature by all means contact Alex Walker and he will advice you further
Free Iceland Catalogue
DAKA has announced a new 2013 catalogue of Iceland Postal History. The catalogue is free and can be downloaded from their website in PDF
They have also told us that they intend to publish more catalogues in the same manner, all for free , but intend to start charging sometime in the future, so get in your downloads NOW!
The link leads takes you to their new online auction platform at the address www.jf-stamps.dk. The catalogue is on the lefthand side of the page
From the Officers at SPS: Merry Christmas and a happy, prosperous philatelic 2014