The Kids Zone was busier this time on each of the days, benefitting from the event being held in half term. Free goody bags were on offer as well as the Lucky Dip, Guess the number of stamps in the Jar and other prizes. Attendance at the Autumn show had been disappointing but had clearly been affected by the terrorism in London on the Friday. The numbers at the popular free points auction, which has become a regular feature of Stampex Saturday was the highest for some time. As usual, the kids gaining points by completing activities, this time on the theme of “Transport” and they could use these points to bid in the auction. All the children taking part in the auction were entered into a free draw for a Penny Black, sponsored by Mulready Philatelics.

The pictures show the auction lots on display and the auction in progress. Photos courtesy of Paul Leonard

We were well supported by a range of volunteers and sincere appreciation to all, including  Peter Barham, Alan Bretherton and Ralph Stuttard who were on the stand every day.

There was also a daily Stamp Art Workshop, organised by Suzanne Rae of Artstamped. This again provided popular with children making cards and pictures from stamps.

There was also very encouraging feedback from visitors and stamp club organisers on the level of support from Stamp Active. Steve Pye from Runnymede School Stamp Club in Liverpool told us “I could not have done what I have without the support of Stamp Active. I have 35 children coming to the Club. They love it and I love it.  The children get very excited when they get their packs from Kidstamps. Thank you for all that you do.”