Benefits of the Society


The following are some of the main benefits enjoyed by members of the Society.

Maple Leaves

This is the quarterly journal that binds the Society’s members together. Recipient of prestigious awards for both content and presentation, it provides a forum for discussion, as well as containing substantial articles by the top people in their fields.

Maple Leaves’ is free to members who can thereby build a valuable study resource. It is published in the first week of January. April, July and October and mailed out by airmail to all overseas members. Hard copy back numbers can also be purchased, when available, from the Society Handbooks Manager. More details can be found here.

We have now uploaded to the Maple Leaves Archive on this site all back copies of ‘Maple Leaves’ from Volume 1, No 1 issued in 1946 to Volume 35 from 2017.

A cumulative index which covers all issues of Maple Leaves from 1946 to the end of 2006 can be purchased from our Handbooks Manager. This is also available online from this website. You can find it here

The index of the Horace Harrison library available on the BNAPS website also allows you to search all Maple Leaves issues up to the end of 2019. You can find this option at



Annual Convention, Competitions and Award Winners

A four day event that combines serious philately with the social side of our hobby. Members are encouraged to bring their partners for either the whole period or just a part. The chosen venues rotate around the country to give everyone a chance to sample a casual visit.

The Convention philatelic programme includes a number of displays, including a members 18 sheet display open to all attendees. There is also an auction during the Convention and the Society AGM takes place during the programme. The programme normally includes one or more trips out to local places of interest and also includes a full partner programme for those not interested in matters philatelic. The programme also allows for plenty of social activity and, of course, the opportunity to meet fellow members, seek advice and buy/sell or swop material.

Convention includes a one frame competition open to all members whether they are in attendance or not. Details of this and the rules under which it is conducted can be found here.

The Convention Competition and Exhibition has a number of associated trophies and awards. Details of these including lists of all the past award winners can be found here.

The 2024 Convention is due to be held in Jersey from 2 October to 6 October. More details can be found at our Convention page.

Photos from past Conventions can be found in the Convention Archive.

A full list of past Convention venues can be found here


Exchange Packet

Following a decision at our 2023 AGM, the Society no longer operates an Exchange Packet.


The Society maintains an comprehensive and valuable library of published books and files of magazine articles for the benefit of UK members.

The current rules and notes for using the Library can be found here, Rules and Notes

The current Library Listing is here.


One or two auctions are held each year. Only Society members are permitted to bid in these auctions or offer material for sale. The auctions exclusively feature stamps, postal history and related ephemera (such as maps, literature and postcards etc) from Canada, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, British Columbia, Vancouver Island and St. Pierre et Miquelon. Lots vary in price from a few pounds to hundreds of pounds and are broken down with the collector in mind.

The main auction is traditionally held at our Convention and over a thousand lots may be on offer. It is an ideal way of disposing of unwanted material and/or adding to the collection. Catalogues are published well in advance and postal bidding and e mail bidding facilities are available. This auction has become so popular that additional web based sales may be held subject to demand.

If you are interested in selling material in one of our auctions, details and vendors terms and conditions can be found at our Auction Vendors page. Our auctioneer will also be pleased to offer advice to potential vendors.

Buyers terms and conditions can be found at our Auction Bidders page. Note that there is  no buyers premium.

The catalogue for any Current Sale including scans of virtually all the lots are posted on this site some 6 weeks before the sale closing date. Paper copies without the pictures can be provided on request for those members not having easy internet access.

Catalogues for recent sales back to 2006, stored as downloadable PDF files, can be found in our Auction Archive.

Auction Manager: Graham Searle FCPS, e mail:

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Member’s Handbook

A handbook containing a list of members and their collecting interests is issued free to members on joining and is updated periodically. The handbook also incorporates the Society's Constitution and Rules and the rules for the Society Competitions.

Local Group Meetings

The Society has a number of local groups within the UK which meet on a fairly informal basis to further the knowledge and enjoyment of BNA philately. Meetings normally involve short displays of material by the members attending. They also provide an opportunity for members to ask questions and get assistance with specific problems from more experience collectors. All members are welcome to attend any meetings. Currently, groups are active in the following regions:-

London:-    the London Group normally meets over Zoom quarterly on the third monday or January, APril, July and October. Meetings start at 1930hrs UK time. For meeting Zoom links please contact Brian Stalker  FCPS, e mail:

Scotland and the North of England:-    the Scotland and North of England Group normally meets three times a year; twice in Glasgow once in April and again in October/November with an additional Zoom meeting in July. A Zoom link is available for those unable to get to Glasgow for the April and Ocotober meetings. Contact person is Graham Searle FCPS, e mail:

Midlands:-  the Midlands Group normally meets at MIDPEX and on one other occasion in the year. Contact person is Ken Flint e mail:

South West and Wales:-   the South West And Wales Group is currently inactive - volunteer required to organise meetings.

Elsewhere local groups meet on a more informal basis.

Full contact details for all of the above mentioned can be found in the Members Handbook.


Specialised studies

Specialist articles on many aspects of BNA Philately are to be found in Maple Leaves and some are also stored on our Articles page.




Last updated on 26 September, 2023  
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