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Welcome to the Canadian Philatelic Society of Great Britain website.


Founded nearly seventy years ago to promote and study all aspects of philately in British North America (Canada and its Provinces), the Society, which welcomes all BNA collectors from beginner to expert, is happy to receive enquiries from interested potential members.

The Society provides many benefits and services to its members. You should consider joining because of:-



The Sparks auction scheduled for May 2020 and advertised in the April Maple Leaves has been postponed until further notice.

3 April COVID 19 UPDATE:- Please note the following updates to events advertised in the recent issue of Maple Leaves:-

The RPSC show in Fredericton scheduled for June 19 has been cancelled. The Eastern Auctions sale that was to have taken place during this event will be re-scheduled to a later date.

We also understand that the ORAPEX event scheduled for early May has been cancelled.

24 March Please see our Convention page for further details of this years Convention planned for late September in Eastbourne. This includes a message form the President over steps we have taken to manage the uncertainties created by the Coronavirus pandemic.

24 March We have started to ship out auction lots to those bidders who have already paid. Currently the UK postal system appears to be working normally. We would ask bidders to advise urgently if they wish to have shipments delayed becasue the postal services where they live are being disrupted.

20 March Following a decision by the Royal Philatelic Society to temporarily close their London premises during the current Coronavirus situation, members who were planning to attend the London Group meetings should note that the meetings planned for May 11 and July 5 have been cancelled. Any impact on future meeting dates will be posted here in due course.

20 March Our March Auction has now closed. We extend our thanks to al those members who participated either as sellers or buyers (or both). We will be sending out invoices and results to all bidders over the weekend. Details of any unsold lots which will be available at reserve until the end of March will also be loaded over the weekend and can be found here.

12 March As usual, bidders in our March Auction can obtain current opening bids on lots they may be interested in or have already bid on by requesting these from the Auction Manager.

12 February The archive copies of Maple Leaves for the year 2014 have been added to the site. You can find them here.

12 February We have added some photos from the 2019 Convention to the Convention Archive. You can find them here.

9 February 2020 Our members in North America should note that Mike Street, our agent for Subscriptions in North America, is about to move. His mailing address has changed with immediate effect. Check the Membership page before mailing any subcription cheques to him.

15 January 2020 The catalogue for our next Society Auction - which closes on 20 March is now online. See the Auction Page.

19 November Some details on travel options to and from Eastbourne for the 2020 Convention can be found at our Convention page.

5 November Full details of the London Group's 2019/20 programme have been released. The group will meet every other month at the new premises of the RPSL in central London. Full details of the dates, venue, programme and contacts can be found here.

22 October The Exchange Packet Manager has added yet another batch of new material for sale. You can find the new material here.

16 October The Exchange Packet Manager has added another batch of new material for sale. You can find the new material here.

15 October The Officers page, trophy pages and Roll of Presidents have all been updated following the AGM in Bakewell.

15 October Members will be pleased to hear that the AGM in Bakewell aproved a resolution to reduce annual subscriptions. Subscriptions will fall due on 1 January 2020 and a reminder form will be enclosed in the October issue of Maple Leaves. A copy of the form can be downloaded here.

1 September 2019 The Exchange Packet listings have been updated to include a lot of new covers and cards. you can find the new material here.

11 August 2019 The Library List has been updated to include a number of new books recently added to the Library. You can find the updated list here.

26 April 2019 My thanks to an eagle-eyed member who has spotted a couple of typos in the 1955 issues of Maple Leaves. These issues contain a series of articles by R. Willan on matters Newfoundland. However, the articles in whole numbers 37 and 38 - issues of August and October 1955 - are wrongly attributed to a R. Willam. This is only likely to trouble you if you are doing an online search for articles by Willan - in which case you will miss these two (further proof that computers are intrinsically dumb!) So if you are researching in this area be aware!

14 January 2019 Courtesy of member Charles Livermore we have added a new feature to our Convention Archives. For the 2018 Convention you can now find links to view and hear presentations given at the Convention. This will be of particular interest to those who were not able to attend. At present we have uploaded only one such presentation, the one Charles himself gave on Toronto Military History. You can find the link here.

2 August 2018 Those members who are avid users of Social Media will be pleased to learn that the Society now has a Facebook presence. The Society Facebook page is 'Canadian Philatelic Society of Great Britain' and we also have a group discussion page which is 'Canadian Philatelic Society of GB Discussion Group'.

1 August 2018 In line with the recently enacted General Data Protection Regulations we have updated our policies on the use of member data. you can find the new policy here.

27 June 2018 We have added a new display to the site featuring the Gold Medal winning one frame display of Newfoundland Postal History. You can find it here.

24 February 2018 We have added a new display to the website - the large display of Large Queen Postal History that was presented to the 2017 Convention can be found here.

17 October 2017 A new feature has been added to the site. If you follow the links via the Benefits page and Convention section you will find details of all the Society Trophies which may be awarded on a annual basis. A short cut link can be found here.

27 January 2017 A full update of the Members Handbook Part 2 - Society Constitution and Rules has been uploaded to the website. You can find this here. In addition a link to the Exchange Packet rules has been added to the Exchange Packet page and the Benefits page now includes links to a list of past Convention venues, the rules of the Society Convention Competitions and the Exchange Packet rules. The 'About Us' page now also includes a link to full lists of past Presidents, Fellows and Honorary Life Members of the Society. In future, all of the above information (which was previously printed in the Members Handbook updates) will only be maintained up to date on the website.

17 June 2016 The listing of Street Cancels has been updated to include some recent finds by members. See the Articles page for the relevant links.

28 April 2016 Thanks to the good offices of John Walsh, Editor of the excellent Newfoundland Specialised Catalogue, we are now able to offer an additional feature in our Maple Leaves Archive section. It is now possible to download complete volumes of Maple Leaves as a single pdf file as an alternative to individual issues. All 31 volumes of the archive are now available in this form. Be warned however that some of the files are very large so if you have slow (or no) broadband be prepared for a long wait!

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  • Maple Leaves – an award-winning quarterly journal
  • Our main social event also catering for partners - the Annual Convention. The next one will be held in late September 2020 at the Cumberland Hotel in Eastbourne.
  • Exchange packet – circuits for stamps and covers
  • Library – a valuable and extensive collection available for loan
  • Auctions – up to two held each year
  • BNA Literature – a wide range of handbooks for sale
  • Member’s Handbook
  • Informal local group meetings – held periodically in various regions
  • Specialised studies – handled by friendly and approachable contact members
  • Ability to widen your knowledge and make new friends






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