A most effective way of keeping members informed of what is happening is via a newsletter. The Society publishes a newsletter, “Halcyon”, not necessarily on a regular basis, but we aim to publish around three times a year, once before the start of each season (around the end of August), winter and spring. All members are invited to submit short articles for inclusion in the Newsletter.
Our main Auction is a rather grand affair, a public auction where members submit lists of items they wish to sell and we produce a catalogue of about 500 lots. The Auction takes place in March (normally on the Saturday following our second Thursday meeting) and takes up a whole day to view and sell all of the material on offer. Most members take part in this with plenty of jobs to be done throughout the day.
The Society holds a number of competitions at various times throughout the year, all of which are well supported by members. The rules we use are derived from those applied at Federation level but less onerous. This gives the entrant a feel for competing at a higher level, but with a less restrictive set of rules to follow. Our competitions also provide a useful forum for members to show their collections in a friendly environment, to ask questions of others and to gain useful tips on the discipline of competitive philately.
We hold our annual competitions (Thematic, Postal History, Traditional, Aerophilately. Postcard & Open Class) normally at the first meeting in January. These are each 9-sheet competitions, with the entrant free to choose the title. The winning entries represent the Society at the next MPF Inter-Society competitions.
We also have other Society competitions in the year for single-sheet and 3-sheets, as shown in the programme.
We do not expect perfection in competition entries. We prefer to encourage members to "have a go" and gradually learn from the experience and thus improve their skills. The society also runs a Club Championship where points are awarded mainly for participation in Society events.