by John Ineson
As you will have read, the next Euro-Scout stamp exhibition will be held at Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Germany from 28-30 September. You will all recall that we hosted the last Euro-Scout meeting at Chelmsford in 2010, which was well attended by our overseas Scout collectors. However this time, as far as I am aware, only three or four members living in the U.K. have made plans to attend. This is rather disappointing for the organisers of the German Club Arge-Pfadfinder, so if you wish to attend, please would you let me know as soon as possible, as application forms should have been in by the end of March if you wish to exhibit.
Despite the recession there are still some crazy prices being made on eBay, which I am sure you are aware, I follow quite often. A Baden-Powell signed photo made £560 with 24 bids in February, while in January a 1/- Mafeking Siege note made £287 when normally they sell for half that price. I guess it only needs two keen bidders to push the price sky high. However not all items go for crazy prices. In February a Registered 1935 World Rover Moot cover sent from the camp and with a Stockholm No, 966 label made £100.09 (US$ 158.30, €115). Sent from the camp to Finland, it was redirected back to the sender in Sweden. Less than a handful are known to exist, so the lucky buyer (not me!) had a real bargain.
You may know that it is five years since Baden-Powell's Rolls Royce Motor Car was purchased from the previous owner by a company named B-P Jam Roll Ltd. This car named "Jam Roll" and a caravan called "Eccles" were presented to B-P at the 1929 World Jamboree. I have had the pleasure of being one of the Directors who helped to save this car being sold elsewhere, with many people donating towards its purchase. However as I will be 80 years old next year, I decided it was time I retired from the board in January, so that a younger person can take my place. The car is situated at the Rolls Royce Heritage Trust in Derby, where former R.R. workers have brought the car up to a new condition. It has been out to various Scouting events, and during the winter months has been joined by Eccles, also for restoration. By now it should be back at Gilwell.