The Kids Zone, run by the Stamp Active Network, sponsored by The Philatelic Traders’ Society, was the area of real interest for children at Stampex.  There were few children attending on weekdays as this was in term time but we did get a reasonable of children taking part in the activities and the auction that followed which brought very positive feedback from both the youngsters and their parents. A new feature in the youth area was the opportunity to create some “Stamp Art” by decorating a post box.

The theme of the activities this time was “Britain at War” with a range of activities including “Battleships”, a Word Search and Quiz based on a display on the theme.

Cartor were unable to provide a dedicated “Post & Go” machine as they were all at a stamp exhibition overseas. However, Bob Fothergill provided a facility to print some labels which continued to attract a lot of interest and raise significant funds.

Entries for the Autumn Stamp Active Competition, sponsored by the Great Britain Philatelic Society, and the British Youth Stamp Championships, sponsored by Stanley Gibbons Ltd and the “My Favourite Things” Competition, sponsored by Isle of Man Stamps & Coins, were on display. Amongst the entries was an exhibit on “The Battle of Britain” which fitted in well with the theme of this year’s activities.

We were well supported by a range of volunteers and sincere appreciation to all.