Lanarkshire Philatelic Society


"Members' Night"


Christmas Dinner


The theme for the Lanarkshire Philatelic Society’s meeting on Friday was of topical interest – ‘Christmas Dinner’ - and this was interpreted by stamps, postcards, meter marks - in various ways!


Murray Touche displayed Chefs – and also suggested Bird, Meat and Fish dishes for the Main Course followed by some delicious desserts;

Maureen Mathieson showed a decorative and beautifully arranged dinner table – and also gave the menu. She suggested an after dinner Sing-Song;

Raymond Baldock had a collection of skillfully embroidered cards sent to families during World War 1;

Ellen Currie spelt out ‘CHRISTMAS DINNER’ with stamps illustrating each letter – Candles/Holly/Robins/ Inn/Santa/Tree/Manger/Angels/Snow - etc;

Margaret Lyth gave a bit of play on the names of politicians as she told the story of ‘Wee Maggie’s Christmas Pudding’;

Elsie Miller felt there would be time for some Carol singing after the Dinner and displayed stamps of carols – beginning with ‘Jingle Bells’;

Ken Liddell was ‘Dining Out for Christmas’. He recommended, and illustrated, some Restaurants where good food was offered.

Ken Norris displayed a collection of covers bearing ‘Christmas Local Post’ stamps from Lanarkshire – when Boys’ Brigade and Scouts were prepared to make the deliveries.  Also GB Christmas Covers issued through the years.

Alan Wishart also spelt out ‘CHRISTMAS DINNER’ – with stamps illustrating each letter.


There were other displays;

Paul McGowan took viewers on railway journeys around Ireland – when steam engines were in vogue!;

Terry Woods displayed mail sent from Larkhall and showed various postmarks from time past,


Alan Wishart showed mail posted from the Philatelic Congress in Perth each bearing the current ‘Post and Go’ stamps for the years from 2012 – 2017.

Dr Ken Liddell, led members in giving warm thanks to all who had brought along a display and pronounced it all a ‘Memorable Presentation’.

Our next meeting in the Caledonian Bowling Club, Motherwell Road, Hamilton, is on Friday, 5th January, 2018, at 7:30pm when Committee members will attempt to ‘Entertain’ all with their displays.

Anyone with an interest in stamps, postal history, postcards etc is very welcome to attend.


We wish everyone, everywhere a very Merry Christmas.