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 issue one at least four times a year, once before the start of each season (around the end of August), winter, spring and summer. All members are invited to submit short articles for inclusion in the Newsletter.
The Society hosts regular Auctions each year. The first meeting of each season is usually a mini-Auction for members to bring along material on the night, and it is sold (or not) there and then. This evening is very sociable, with members vying with each other to buy very good material at extremely competitive prices.
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 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.