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Rutland Philatelic Society celebrates 40th anniversary with Frank Walton




The Rutland Philatelic Society celebrated its 40th anniversary on Wednesday, November 14.

Members were joined at the event held at the Oakham Congregational Church by Frank Walton, a member of the Royal Philatelic Society in London.

Members of the Rutland Philatelic Society at the 40th anniversary Photo: Lee Hellwing
Members of the Rutland Philatelic Society at the 40th anniversary Photo: Lee Hellwing

“”It was a great evening and went very well,” said Rutland Philatelic Society publicity officer Alistair Lawrence.

“Just about every member turned up and while we are a small society, we are passionate.”

Alistair said the event was titled “An evening with Frank Walton”.

“During the first half of the evening he brought along some Sierra Leone covers while the second half of the evening was devoted to Wilding Issues of Queen Elizabeth II.”

The Wildings were a series of definitive postage stamps featuring the Dorothy Wilding photographic portrait of Queen Elizabeth II that were in use between 1952 and 1971.

Alistair Lawrence (publicity), Keith Rippin (chairman), Frank Walton (guest speaker) and John Jackson (founder member) Photo: Lee Hellwing
Alistair Lawrence (publicity), Keith Rippin (chairman), Frank Walton (guest speaker) and John Jackson (founder member) Photo: Lee Hellwing

“Frank came all the way from Sheffield and is very knowledgeable,” said Alistair.

“He is also the chairman of the judges at Stampex, which dealers from all over the world attend, so it was fantastic to have him there.”

One of the founding members of the Rutland Philatelic Society, John Jackson, who is still an active member, was also in attendance.

“Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it and we celebrated with some champagne and eats,” said Alistair.

The society is looking for new members and interested parties are invited to attend meetings on the second Wednesday of every month at the Oakham Congregational Church from 7.15pm.



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