CSA Annual Convention in
Conjunction with EUROPHILEX
May 13th - 16th, 2015
Plans for our Annual Convention taking place in London, England in 2015 are at
an advanced stage.
London 2015 - Europhilex will mark their 80th year and the 150th
Anniversary of the end of The American Civil war. The event will take place at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London. N1 OQH from Wednesday 13th
May until Saturday 16th May 2015. Other details are as follows:
The Convention Hotel chosen is DoubleTree by Hilton London-Islington,
Pentonville Road, Islington, London (note that this is a name change for the hotel but it's the same hotel and any reservations already made are still good). This is also the Hotel used by the
International Judges and Commissioners at the Exhibition. A special room rate
of £164.00 per night has been negotiated for a room with two persons sharing
and £155.00 per night for single person occupancy. This rate is inclusive of
Value Added Tax and includes the cost of a full English breakfast. No other
costs are applicable. This is a very reasonable cost for Central London and the
Hotel is a five minute walk to the Business Design Centre. Booking a room can
be done in one of two ways:
- 1. By telephone - call (44) 207282 5500 then press option 1. Once through
to a member of staff advise them to book a room quoting reference INTE
2. Go to DoubleTree by Hilton London-Islington website and e-mail them stating that you wish to book a room and quoting the above reference In both instances you will
need to give your credit card details and dates you wish to stay.
Several members have already made reservations.
1. A visit has been arranged to The British Library on Thursday 14th May 2015 at 2.30pm for a private viewing of the Confederate portion of the famous
Tapling Collection. This contains many famous and unique items especially
Postmasters Provisionals. This will be followed by a private conducted tour of
2. In the evening of Thursday 14th May we will be hosting our traditional
Southern Supper in a cordoned part of the Doubletree Hotel Restaurant.
3. The C.S.A Annual Convention will be held in the Executive Suite of The
Business Design Centre (The Exhibition Venue) at 10.00 am on Friday 15th
May 2015. This will be followed by 4 Wonderful Confederate presentations of
great interest. This in turn will be followed by a Wine & Snack Reception when
the C.S.A. will host representatives of London 2015 concluding at
approximately 2.00 pm.
4. A visit has been arranged to the Headquarters of the Royal Philatelic
Society, London. The oldest and most well known philatelic society in the World
on Saturday morning 16th May 2015 at 10.30 am. Tea/coffee and snacks will
5. The Royal Philatelic Society London is hosting a Gala dinner on Friday
evening 15th May 2015 at the historic Guildhall in London. This will be a
superb banquet and will be a Black Tie/Tuxedo event. Tickets are likely to be
restricted and the approximate cost is stated to be £100.00 per ticket. Col.
John Walker our host in London is a member of The Royal. Several members
have already made provisional bookings. Should you wish to attend please email
John at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will endeavour to secure a
ticket for you as soon as possible as he has been asked to notify names of
C.S.A members at the very earliest opportunity.
In addition to being the 150th Anniversary of the end of the American Civil War, 2015 also marks;
- a) The 175th Anniversary of the Penny Black postage stamp - the first in the
world introduced by the British Post Office.
b) The 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo when Napoleon Bonaparte
c) The 800th Anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta.
It should also be noted that the London 2015 Europhilex Exhibition has been
granted Royal Patronage by Her Majesty the Queen and leading auctioneers
Heinrich Koehler and Corinphila appointed official Auctioneer for a major
auction on Saturday 16th May 2015.
Members are encouraged now to start making plans to come to London
2015 for this once in a lifetime CSA Convention.
London is one of the most vibrant and exciting capitals in the world with a host
of world famous attractions, historic buildings, theatres and restaurants. Please
visit the London 2015 website where you will see the C.S.A. coming to London
is given as a press release. We await to welcome you all.
The Registration cost is $150.00 per person and will include the cost of the
Southern Supper, The Wine & Snack reception following the
A.G.M/Presentations and also Tea/coffee and snacks at the visit to the Royal.
Please make checks payable to The Confederate Stamp Alliance (CSA) and
Col Larry Baum
316 W Calhoun St.
Sumter, SC 29150
The Southern Supper will be a 3 course dinner including 2 glasses of wine/soft
drinks per person. The main course which has to be pre-ordered, offers a
choice of the following:
- a) Marinated grilled pork loin, dauphinoise potatoes, roasted vegetables and
red wine jus
b) Roasted white fish fillet stuffed with smoked and confit salmon mousse with
baby potato cake and cherry tomato salsa
c) Vegetarian option - Potato gnocchi with wild mushroom sauce, wild rocket
and parmesan shavings with a touch of truffle oil
Please state choice when booking registration with Larry.
2015 Mid-Year Meeting
CSA Returns to its Birthplace
On August 28, 1937, August Dietz and a hand full of other Confederate collectors met for the first time and formed the Confederate Stamp Alliance in Asheville, NC. The CSA will return to Asheville for its mid-year meeting in 2015.
Location: Comfort Suites Biltmore, 890 Brevard Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
Reservations: 828-665-4000 (please make reservations prior to 9/8/2015)
Room Rate: $130/night.
More details to follow, but make your reservations early.
For additional information, contact Gen. Tony Crumbley at Tcrumbley2@bellsouth.net.