2018 Devonshire Bowl

From the left, Alan Holyoake RDP FRPSL, the winner Richard Hobbs, Patrick Maselis RDP FRPSL and the runner-up, Peter Cockburn FRPSL. – Photo: John Ray.

On Thursday 12 July, a total of 54 exhibits were displayed at 41 Devonshire Place in this first One Frame Competition organised by the Royal Philatelic Society London. It was also the first internal members’ competition ever to have been held by the Royal and after 149+ years demonstrated to all why this Society leads the philatelic world.
Covering the full range of ABPS recognised classifications, the entries included those from many overseas members in America, New Zealand, India and Sweden. Sadly, on this first occasion the overwhelming demand resulted in an early closing of applications as we were limited by the space available at our current home. This will not be a problem once our intended move to 15 Abchurch Lane has taken place.
Attendance was also high, a total of 132 Members and guests enjoyed not just the opportunity of viewing such wonderful material but of meeting and joining in one of the most social occasions at No. 41, where the wine and discussion on the various competition topics flowed. A general thought was that the one frame format allows many more to enter an exhibit rather than just the usual suspects. It also enables limited availability of material to be shown. From the outset the intention has always been to provide a means for all members to be able to participate and to show any subject on an equal basis.
To have been asked to “judge” such a range of first class exhibits would have been a daunting task and I am pleased that we opted to use a members voting system. It also added greater involvement which many members enjoyed even though they found it difficult – you cannot have four winners!!
As if to prove the point on diversity the eventual winner and runner-up presented extraordinary exhibits from different subject classes. The winner of the Devonshire Bowl was Richard Hobbs with his exhibit “British Propaganda Envelopes of the 19th Century” and Peter Cockburn was the runner-up and recipient of the Devonshire Plate with his exhibit “The De La Rue Foreign Bill Stamps of Ceylon”. My congratulations to them both.
My thanks go to our President and Council for making a brave decision some 18 months ago and even braver to then allow me the freedom to get on with the job. I am pleased to confirm that the competition will now be an Annual event.
Alan Holyoake RDP FRPSL