The Kent Federation has decided to hold a special exhibition (KENTPEX 2010) at Tonbridge School on 10 July 2010. There will be a wide range of dealers, special exhibitions and competitions including an exhibition to commemorate the centenary of King George V’s accession to the throne, and other attractions. Further details will follow.

HPSGB Meeting on 15 March 2009

The Hungarian Philatelic Society (HPSGB) will meet in the Town Hall in Thame from 10.00 on Sunday 15 March. Mervyn Benford will give a display on First Inflation and there will be an important auction of Hungarian philatelic material starting at 1.15pm.

For further details on HPSGB go to the the website at



Kent Federation of Philatelic Societies (K.F.P.S)


1) K.F.P.S. Objectives and Activities.

The Kent Federation of Philatelic Societies was founded in 1947 and for your information we list our objectives and activities

The Kent Federation of Philatelic Societies is an informal association of Twenty Two Philatelic Societies, Clubs & Groups based in Kent.

It was founded with the following objectives
• To bring all of the Philatelic Societies in Kent into closer co-operation with one another.
• To provide them with assistance and/or guidance on philatelic matters.
• To further the interests of philately in a friendly and understanding atmosphere.
• To take united action on matters of philatelic importance.
• To co-ordinate lists of speakers and competition judges.
• To disseminate news of philatelic events, society meetings, members’ views, successes and plans for the future.

We accomplish our objectives in the following ways
• We arrange for three Kent wide meetings annually in which all our affiliated Societies and everyone can participate – these are known as the Spring Rally, Federation Day and the Autumn Rally. These as a matter of policy are held in various parts of the county each year.
• Our news magazine, the KFPS Bulletin, is published three times a year and keeps our affiliated societies in touch with what is happening at local, county & national levels.

The Kent Federation of Philatelic Societies, in turn, relies on the local societies and many individuals contributing towards its success – in other words, membership is mutually beneficial.

Why not ask for more information by contacting David J Rennie (K.F.P.S. Hon. Secretary) on
Phone : 020 8778 7001 or by e.mail on

When were stamps invented? First used?

A common question is when were stamps first invented? Why? When were they first used..

Adhesive postage stamps were first used in 1840 in Great Britain. The idea is usually credted to Sir Rowland Hill.

However, the idea of transmitted messages can be traced back at least to Babylonian times (clay tablets etc), and seals and handstamps of various kinds came into use gradually from the Middle Ages onwards. Thus, impressed Revenue stamps and town marks were in use in England in the 17th century.

The adhesive element is thus quite a recent arrival, but the concept has retained the original name of “stamps” from the days of physically stamping the items.

Booklets containing postage stamps were invented towards the end of the 19th century.

Hampshire Philatelic Federation

Hampshire Philatelic Federation

The Hampshire Philatelic Federation exists to support and advance the interests of all philatelists in Hampshire and neighbouring counties who are members of Clubs and Societies affiliated to the Federation.

The Federation Yearbook is published bi-annually with an annual update included in the January edition of the Bulletin. The Bulletin is issued in January, April and September. It contains details of Society Programmes, Fairs, Auctions, and Events occurring in the area, and is the main channel of communication between the Federation and Society members. Details of dealers that trade throughout Hampshire are included by means of adverts, and articles of general interest to stamp, cover and postal history enthusiasts are contributed from many sources in an exciting and readable format.

The Federation operates an excellent and popular Stamp Approval Packet which is circulated to all club and society members of good standing on a regular basis. Each packet usually contains about twenty books of worldwide stamps with plenty of variety.

The Federation Council is made up of delegates from the affiliated societies and meets regularly during the year to exchange ideas for the promotion of our hobby. These meetings provide an important opportunity for societies to voice the opinions and views of their members. See What a stamp club could do for you for the benefits of society membership.

The Federation has established an excellent reputation in the UK philatelic scene and provides active input to the Association of British Philatelic Societies. Each year the Federation holds a Convention – HAMPEX, which brings together dealers, specialist societies, and collectors from near and far.

Bromley and Beckenham Philatelic Society


The Society holds regular friendly meetings and all aspects of stamp collecting are catered for. In addition to displays of stamps or postal history either by members or visiting speakers, we also hold auctions and competitions.

Tables are provided free of charge at meetings to allow members to buy and sell material.

There is an active Club Book circuit in which members can buy or sell material at advantageous prices.

Provision at nominal cost, is made for members to circulate “Wants Lists” and “Lists of Items for Sale”.

We also have a catalogue library to which members have access at every meeting, and volumes can be borrowed for a small fee between meetings for use at home.

Bromley and Beckenham Philatelic Society (Club/Society)
Beckenham Public Halls,
4 Bromley Road, Beckenham

Tel: 020 8778 7001