The ABPS Congress Medal for 2019

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08 April 2019
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This year the ABPS Congress Medal will be presented to Gerald Marriner during Stockholmia, with Awards of Merit also set to be presented.

THE ABPS report that Gerald (pictured) has been at the centre of many philatelic societies for many years, involving himself on various committees, he has made a major contribution to British philately in many ways.

He was nominated by the Channel Islands Specialists’ Society. He is now President of that Society having held the position of secretary, auctioneer and weekend conference organiser, often carrying out more than one function at a time.

Four other specialist societies are pleased to count Gerald as a member because he is always willing to take an active part.  He has served as treasurer of the Andorra Philatelic Study Circle for the past nine years and still serves in that capacity today.  He was joint editor of a monograph, Conflict - the British Forces Postal Service in the South Atlantic 1982 which was published in 2017 by the Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group.  He has been librarian of the Welsh Postal History Society since 2005.  In addition, he is a member of the Belgian Congo Study Circle.  He has a great interest and deep knowledge of the Belgian Congo and is on the editorial board of the French language journal ‘Les Congolatres.’   

Gerald Marriner became Chairman of the ABPS Congress Committee in 2008 and remains in that office today.  Over the years he has organised many successful Congresses including the Centenary Congress in Manchester in 2009.  In recent years he has involved all the new signatories to the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists by asking them to present a paper during the annual Congress.

His first office was in 1990 when he became programme secretary of Solihull Philatelic Society.  Twentynine years later he is still arranging the speakers for the Society’s weekly meetings.

For the past ten years Gerald Marriner has been a Regional Representative for the Royal Philatelic Society London representing the West Midlands Region.

Gerald quietly and diligently gets on with all these jobs and is exactly the sort of candidate that the ABPS Congress Medal was designed for and he is a very worthy winner. 

ABPS Awards of Merit

Five collectors have been recognised with this Award. The ABPS report that they have worked tirelessly for federations local and specialist societies.  The ABPS offers them its thanks and congratulates them on their Awards.

Daphne McMillan and Robert McMillan both nominated by Hull and District Philatelic Society

Dr Michael Waugh nominated by Leeds Philatelic Society

Dr Mark Wilson nominated by the Czechoslovak Philatelic Society of Great Britain

John Wright nominated by the Association of Sussex Philatelic Societies and the Hastings and East Sussex Philatelic Society.

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