SGSC Logo Chairman's Notes
November/December 2002
by John Ineson
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The 4th Euro-Scout meeting held in Gent was a great success, and you will be able to read other reports about this in the bulletin.  The event was very well attended and Jan Cosyns and his team are to be congratulated on their hard work to make this exhibition most memorable.  I doubt if there has ever been such a great show of Scout material with over 330 frames and the idea of having this as a joint meeting with the 11th European Collectors meeting proved a great success, which brought even more visitors to the event.

It is always great when you make a new find and especially if it is cheap!  I recently attended a large Postcard fair in London and while looking through the Scout section; I found one of the 1929 postcards showing five scenes of Arrowe Park.  To my surprise on turning this over, there was this cachet of the Polish Contingent, which I had never seen before.  It just goes to prove that bargains are still about, especially as the price did not reflect the cost of the cachet.

Wyprawa Harcerstwa Polskiage
Polish contingent
5.Sub. Camp Blue and White
Arrowe Park
Wirral, West Cheshire
Polish 1929 Contingent cachet

I was delighted to read that our member No.372, Dr. William Wells of Australia has recently been awarded the World Organisation of the Scout Movement's highest award, the Bronze Wolf.  Formerly the Chief Commissioner of Australia and also former Vice-Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Committee, he has played a very active role within the World Organisation for many years and was also organising Chairman of the 31s` World Scout Conference held in Melbourne in 1988.  Congratulations William on this high award.

While attending Philatex in London, I purchased a postcard that looked interesting to me despite being creased.  Not that I actually collect Japanese Postal History, but the cachets looked great.  The card was posted on September 24th 1949, and as you can see from the text, the camp was in front of the Palace in Tokyo.

    Japan Cachet Cancel Card     Japan Card Reverse

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