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Given the current situation with COVID-19, we feel that the ABPS should give some leadership and guidance, especially given the age profile of many of those involved with our hobby.

ABPS advice is that all Government guidelines should be followed. Also, that all society events in the UK should be postponed or cancelled; in the first instance until the end of April, but in all probability until the start of next season in September.

On behalf of the ABPS General Committee.
Graham Winters FRPSL, Chairman ABPS.

The Association of British Philatelic Societies (ABPS) is the National Organisation catering for the needs of collectors through the Federations and local societies and those interested in philately.

Membership of the Association falls into various categories being Federations, Specialist, National and Local Societies and Overseas Societies. A special category of Patrons and Friends has been created for those interested in the work of the Association and are valuable in assisting the Association to achieve its aims. These individuals receive the ABPS news and can attend the Annual General Meeting without voting rights.

The principal aims of the Association are:

  • To represent the hobby both nationally and internationally.
  • To encourage the growth of philately.
  • To support events and, if required, offer support and advice to Federations/Society events.
  • To provide workshops locally or nationally on various aspects of the hobby.
  • To provide a directory which serves a compendium of information useful to the Society Secretary and its members.
  • To publish books, papers etc of value to the members.
  • To assist in the organisation of an annual congress which acts as a national focus for philately within the British Isles.
  • To issue at least 4 times a year a journal, ABPS News, which publicises the work of affiliated Federations and Societies at a local and national level and reports on developments within philatelic.
  • To work with the International bodies in the creation of regulation for competitive entries.

The Association can provide a worthwhile service to its membership if the majority of societies are able to support these aims and to offer support both financial and physical. To assist in this process members of the Executive Committee are pleased to attend Society and Federation events, by invitation, to explain the aims of the Association and where possible to give a display of their own material.

The Association is operated by volunteers and its financial stability is underwritten by its corporate structure. The Association has been formed into a company, limited by guarantee, the liability of each member being limited to £1.

The Company has a subsidiary, ABPS Exhibitions Ltd which undertakes exhibitions and similar functions.

Latest News


As societies will not be able to circulate copies of ABPS News under current circumstances, with meetings cancelled due to COVID-19, the summer 2020 edition is PDF only. It can be downloaded from the link in the "LATEST MAGAZINES" section of the sidebar below.


A list of speakers willing to give displays to societies, and the subjects that they offer, can be downloaded from this link
(May 2019 update, 257Kb PDF).


Advice to Societies and Federations regarding the Data Protection Act changes introduced in 2018 can be downloaded from this link
(77Kb PDF, extended version 2).


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