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Introduce yourself to 'Innsignia'

15th October 2021
Introduce yourself to 'Innsignia'
Welcome to the Inn Sign Society website. Find information on what the Society does, Inn signs, origins of Pub names, and how to join us.
For ONLY £15 a year, you receive 4 quarterly 32 page full colour illustrated Journals packed with articles on all types of inn and pub signs.
Click on 'Journals' page link above - Latest edition No.128 out now!

Members can access our Archives, plus feature pages;
‘Signs of the Month’, 'Sign of the Year’ award, & 'Lost Signs'.
Enjoy your visit & you may wish to be a member; Don't delay, join today!
SEE BELOW and click on 'Members & Join Us' link above!!

Shown is the The Bull, Astley, Leics. (Chris Trubshaw 2016)

Sign Of The Year 2021

22nd October 2021
Sign Of The Year  2021
Congratulations to new member Malcolm Atkins on submitting the winning sign "The Jolly Postie"

In what was a tie in the end with the Barley Mow, submitted by Peter Gorman, the Chairmans deciding vote went to Jolly Postie. In third place was The Grandstand submitted by Peter Corris.

The winning pub has been advised of their win and at the moment we are looking at a date in late January for the presentation. Members will be advised once we have final details.

Signs of the Month

23rd October 2021
Signs of the Month
This months Signs of The Month feature signs with the letter B
These are from Peter Gorman's collection

Members are welcome to contribute to this feature and can send 24 signs to the Webmaster at ................ It's easy to use 'Smash' !!! *See Members' area news for details of free file transfer up to 2GB with 'Smash' - file transfer app*

The sign featured is The Bootlaces in Hayes, Middlesex. This pub was formerly The Famous George Orwell.


1st October 2021
This is a feature page in the Members' Area where you will be able once again to help identify 'Lost Signs' i.e. those un-named slides from scanned collections.
If any of you 'sign detectives' know the proper name, location and/or date of any sign, just email the page manager. There are some very good ones that need a place in the Archives!

** Non-member public visitors are now able to view a Lost Signs page to help the Society in our search. **Click on LS photo link on right** .........
where you can see updates and comments.

**We are still looking for a member to take over this feature -
Could it be YOU? ** See Members' area news.
Shown is the Beehive, Grassmarket, Edinburgh ('Found' by Phil Leary)

Society Subscriptions

22nd October 2021
Society Subscriptions

Society Subscriptions were due 1st September 2021.

If members are unable to use online bank transfer, then please forward a cheque to the Treasurer, Roger Pester. (address P.2 of your Journal)

Membership and Secretary

11th October 2021
Membership and Secretary
The Chairman is pleased to announce the filling of the vacancy for Membership Secretary by Iain Perks. Iain will take over this post at the end of October from Roger Pester.

Many thanks to Roger for having taken on this roll over and above his Treasurer duties. Welcome to the Committee Ian.

The Society Secretary will become vacant in June 2023 as Tom King moves overseas, so again we will be looking for a member to take up this roll at this time.

ISS Archives - **New PDF Download**

1st September 2021
ISS Archives - **New PDF Download**
The ISS Archivist Derek McDonald will be pleased to receive from members any contributions to the archives.
*See Members' area news for details of free file transfer up to 2GB with 'Smash' - file transfer app*

Members requiring pictures email and quote pub, location and date, and Derek will be happy to send them to you.

*** Latest Archive PDF download (June 2021) with over 54,000 entries now available to members in the Members' Area 'History & Archives page'.***

Shown - the Old House At Home, Rawtenstall, Lancs ('Found' by Ray Scarfe)

Sign of Appreciation

22nd October 2021
Sign of Appreciation
The Society has introduced its "Sign of Appreciation" award. The aim is to encourage the continuing production of pictoral Inn Signs by giving a token of recognition to anyone (Brewery / Pub Co / Artist or other person) who has contributed to this objective.

The award is an A4 certificate suitable for framing. Any ISS member may propose a recipient providing details and reasons for the nomination.
These can be sent to David Cole or any other member of the Committee.
Awards of the certificate will be listed here and in the Journal.

The second award of Sign of Appreciation was made on the 31st January 2020 to Dave Moss of the Three Fishes, Shrewsbury, for organising the restoration of the the pubs' classic pictorial sign shown here which is recognised as a local landmark.
There are a further two nominations which have been accepted, Marston's Brewery and Shepherd Neame. We are currently looking at suitable dates for the presentations.

Next Meeting
Thursday 2nd December (West Mids)
The Mare & Colt, Summerfield, A449
near Kidderminster, Worcs.DY11 7RF
12 noon - All Members Welcome
Signs of the Month
Blue Boar
Poole, Dorset
Lost Signs
Pied Piper
Cannock, Staffs

Sir Isaac Newton


Boat & Railway
Stoke Prior, Worcestershire

Swordfish Inn
Newlyn, Cornwall

Chiswick, London

Lass o'Richmond Hill
Richmond, Surrey (2018)

Stowmarket, Suffolk

Grey Horse
Musselburgh, Lothian

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Travellers Joy (2019)
Rayleigh, Essex

Cherry Tree
Newcastle - under - Lyme

Dog & Gun
Apperley Bridge, WYorks

Halfway Inn
Aylesbeare, Devon

New Bowling Green
Warwick, Warwickshire

Cricketers Arms Selby
North Yorkshire

Picketty Witch
Yeovil, Somerset

Smugglers Tavern
Fitzrovia, London

Coach & Horses,
Whitstable, Kent.


Jolly Postie (2020-21)
Royston, Hertfordshire

Barley Mow
Epsom, Surrey

Jenny Wren
Calne, Wiltshire

Chippenham, Wilts

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