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9th November 2022

We saw the welcome return of our own long time member Giles du Boulay after his recovery from a serious accident. Giles was in good spirit and gave a very comprehensive account of Danzig and the history of Poland from 1st September 1939 including the horrific capture of Danzig and resulting in the deaths of many innocent postal workers a result of the German occupation.

Charles’s display covered the war period right up to the German surrender. In 1945 with many examples of mail and postage stamps.


On 12th October 2022 we were delighted to welcome Lorraine Maguire to give us a talk and display on New Zealand Soldiers in World War 1.

This talk had been scheduled for April 2020, but had to be postponed as a result of the lock down following the outbreak of Covid.

This was a very personal story as Lorraine's father had joined the New Zealand forces going to Europe as soon as he was able to persuade the recruiting office to accept that he was old enough to join up. The display comprised 90 sheets which included family pictures, post cards and a multitude of documents relating to her father's experiences. Her father commenced the war after basic training in Australia by finding himself landing unexpectedly in Gallipoli. He finished it when he sustained a leg injury just before the battles at Ypres and was send back to England to recover. During his time in France, he was involved in heavy fighting which he never talked about with his family. The war was over by the time he recovered from his injuries and he returned to New Zealand where he worked on the railways for the rest of his life.

Lorraine spoke without a break for more that an hour and everyone was fascinated by her detailed knowledge and enthusiasm.

February 9th

An evening of Cinderella courtesy of Richard Page

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