2020 Convention


Our 74th Annual Convention will take place between Monday 28th September 2020 and Friday 2nd October 2020 at the Cumberland Hotel in Eastbourne. The hotel is right on the sea front at Eastbourne. some travel details can be found at the bottom of this page.

President, Brian Stalker, has asked for the following message to be conveyed to members:-

Recent developments including travel restrictions, social distancing etc are likely to be in place for several months, and possibly much longer.  There is therefore a possibility that this year’s Convention will have to be cancelled.  Hopefully we will be in a better position to make a decision before the July issue of “Maple Leaves” goes to print.  We will also use the Society web-site to communicate updates as appropriate.

In the meantime, it would be helpful to receive booking forms on the basis of “expression of interest” rather than firm bookings.  We will not pass individual details to the hotel before the booking deadline of August 12th and will contact you by phone or e-mail to confirm your booking before then. We also suggest that you do not commit expenditure on travel arrangements until our way forward becomes clearer.

Booking forms for this year’s Convention in Eastbourne are enclosed with the April issue of “Maple Leaves” and can also be found here. Please note that bookings must be made through me and received by August 12th 2020. Although we are not seeking any advance deposit for hotel bookings, cancellation within two weeks of arrival may be charged 50% rising to 100% for cancellation within 24 hours.

A detailed programme including details of the partners events will be included in the July issue of “Maple Leaves” but I am pleased to announce that the following members will be giving displays and / or illustrated talks:-
                Colin Banfield – McClary Manufacturing Co., London, Ontario
                John Cooper – Trials and tribulations of starting a postal system in New Brunswick.
                Brian Hargreaves - Numeral and Fancy Cancels on Large Queens.
                Colin Lewis – Joseph Davies – a Welshman transported for life.
                Charles Livermore – Canadian National Exhibitions.
                John Watson – Postal history of QEII to 1967.
                John Wright – Money Letters.

In addition to those displays, you are invited to show up to 18 sheets with not more than five minutes talk.  Bring along something that may not be up to competition standard but is of particular interest or perhaps a work in progress? 

There will also be the usual one-frame exhibition competition - an entry form for this is in the April issue of Maple Leaves but can also be found here.

On Tuesday afternoon we will be visiting “Batemans” the home of Rudyard Kipling in Burwash. It is a National Trust property - the house contains much memorabilia and although the gardens may be past their best at the end of September there is a water mill and the usual NT café and shop!

Wednesday afternoon will see us visiting the Bluebell Railway where we will enjoy a Ploughman’s Lunch on the 1.15pm departure from Sheffield Park – there will be a choice of cheese, ham or pate accompanied by tea or coffee.  In view of those gastronomic delights I have made a provisional booking for 40!

Freda is working on the partners programme and despite the Corona Virus / Covid-19 situation we look forward to receiving your booking forms and to hearing from you in the near future.




The best international airport to arrive at is London Gatwick which has direct rail links from the airport to Eastbourne (see below).

If arriving at London Heathrow, take the train or tube into central London for Victoria railway station - see below.


Regular trains serve Eastbourne from London Victoria (every 30 minutes during the day with a journey time of 1 1/2 hours) and from Gatwick Airport (every 30 minutes during the day with a journey time of a little under 1 hour).

For those travelling from north of London, use either the underground or Thameslink services to cross the city and then use rail services from Victoria.

The hotel is a short taxi ride away from the station.


Note that the hotel does not have a car park. Street parking is available and permits can be obtained from the hotel reception. If you have a satnav, the postcode is BN21 3YT.



Last updated on 24 March, 2020  
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