Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Saturday, December 01, 2007
The Montserrat Post Office will issue a miniature sheet on 18th December to mark the 300th Anniversary of the birth of Charles Wesley. The sheet features four $2.50 stamps, three of which show portraits of Charles. The fourth stamp portrays Bethany Methodist Church on the island.
Montserrat's Georgian-era capital city of Plymouth was destroyed and two-thirds of the island's population forced to flee abroad by an eruption of the previously dormant Soufriere Hills volcano that began on 18 July 1995. The eruption continues today on a much reduced scale, the damage being confined to the areas around Plymouth including its docking facilities and the former W.H. Bramble Airport.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Charles Wesley (1707-1788) and his brother John were instrumental in the birth of the Methodist tradition. Their teachings and practices earned the name 'Methodist' because of their strict adherence to the Book of Common Prayer. Charles Wesley is also remembered for his achievements in lyrical composition. Over the course of his lifetime, he published the words of more than five and a half thousand hymns, and composed the words for a further two thousand. Among these are a number of timeless classics, including Hark! The Herald-Angels Sing. The stamp was designed by Steve Simpson, based on a painting entitled The Lily Portrait-which is reproduced courtesy of the Methodist Studies Unit, Oxford Brookes University, England. The First Day Cover, also designed by Steve Simpson, features a church organ from Saint John's in the Wood Church, Dartry, Co. Monaghan.
Date of Issue: 15 November, 2007
Value & Quantity: 78c (.28m) - This is the rate for international letters up to 100g.
Design: Steve Simpson
Stamp Size: 29.79mm x 40.64mm
Colour: Multicolour with phosphor tagging
Make-up: Sheetlets of 16
Perforations: 14 x 15
Printing Process: Lithography
Printer: Irish Security Stamp Printing Ltd
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
The Paddington/Bristol railway service stops at Keynsham station.
The programme will be:
10.00 am. Start. The room will be available for members to meet, arrange displays, buy and sell material.
2.00 pm. AGM will commence and results of competitions will be announced.
4.00 pm. Close of meeting, tea will be available.
Entries are welcome for the two competitions:
1. The Tom Aungier Trophy for an exhibit of 8 to 12 sheets illustrating some aspect of Methodism, its mission or its organisation.
2. The Grace and David Clark Cup for a single sheet of philatelic material of Methodist interest.
Monday, May 28, 2007
"I have seen a copy and it will be a joy to add to our collections! Three portraits of Charles, with the fourth stamp showing Bethany Methodist Church. Sheet music for Hark the Herald Angels Sing is shown in the margins. Only the miniature sheet is being issued, no stamps! The portraits are, The lily, c. 1735, artist unknown; John Russell c. 1771; and the 1786 engraving by Jonathon Spilsbury.
As far as my contact in Montserrat knows, no other Caribbean nations are commemorating this event."
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Other covers planned for this year will commemorate:
- The 300th anniversary of the birth of Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, who was born on 24 August 1707.
- The 150th anniversary of the first assembly of the United Methodist Free Churches.
- The 75th anniversary of the signing of the Deed of Union of the Methodist Church of Great Britain.
- And of course the Annual Conference of the Methodist Church, which this year will be held in Blackpool. As in previous years we will sponsor a special one-day handstamp.
The second sponsored hand-stamp is planned for the tercentenary of the birth of Charles Wesley and at this time is only at the planning stage until Royal Mail releases details of the miniature sheet planned for issue in November. We have learned that Ireland will issue a stamp for this event and it is thought that Montserrat are also planning to release stamps to celebrate this notable occasion. Arrangements are being made with MPS members in the USA to produce a Charles Wesley cover with a Georgia hand-stamp.
During the latter months of the year we will see the launch of the Methodist Church in Wales and there is a possibility that something may be done for this too.
Can I also mention that I hold a "for sale" list of Methodist covers going back over many years. If it is of interest please contact me for more details.
Cover Service Secretary
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Gilbert trained for the law in England and returned to Antigua, where he entered the House of Assembly. He visited England in 1757 and was converted after hearing John Wesley preach in London. Upon his return to Antigua, he started preaching to his slaves, although he did not emancipate them, despite John Wesley's urgings. This marked not only the beginning of Methodism in the West Indies but also the commencement of the movement's missionary activities.
Gilbert remained prominent in Antiguan affairs and was elected Speaker of the House of Assembly in 1763.