AT THE meeting on February 11 Charles Newson gave his presidential display, entitled Aspects of Bermuda.

He gave a brief history of the island from its discovery in around 1500 by Juan de Bermuda.

Events featured included the wreck of the Sea Venture in 1609 with Admiral Sir George Summer on board, which may have given Shakespeare the idea for The Tempest, and Britain’s claim on the island in 1611.

For about 150 years Ireland Island was a British naval dockyard.

Mr Newson explained the geography of the island and then traced the parishes from west to east illustrating them using old photographs, stamps and postmarks.

The society’s meeting this evening is the annual competition when members compete for several trophies in the categories of stamps, postal history, aerophilately and thematics.

The Tom Davis Rose Bowl is presented to the owner of the highest scoring entry overall.

The society meets in the Public Hall, Bromley Road, Beckenham.

Visitors, guests and new members are always welcome.

Full details about the society can be obtained from secretary David Rennie on 020 8778 7001 or membership secretary Chris Sands on 020 8402 1263.

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