Calling all ex Puffineers!

I am looking for your stories and, if you have them, pictures about your time as members of the Puffin Club from it’s launch in 1967 through to its end in the early 1980’s.

I’m currently pulling everything together for a book to celebrate the Puffin Club in all its glory while us old birds can still remember it all. This is my thank you to the club as 2017 will see its fiftieth anniversary!

8 thoughts on “Calling all ex Puffineers!

  1. hi there – did you ever come up with any more information about the Puffin club secret code (I see it was mentioned in a post years ago – 2010 or thereabouts)

    I seem to remember that it was made up of groups of different lines, vertical or diagonal, to represent the different letters – it might have been based on ogham script, the old Irish runic kind of thing…???

    1. Hi Colin,
      The code that was mentioned was a competition cypher that promised to publish the code in the next issue – which then wasn’t! It’s been a mystery ever since. Codes aren’t my strong point, so it might be worth me posting the competition to see if anyone can help crack it.

      The code you are thinking of was the club code that was created by Jill MacDonalds daughter, Glen. Glen also had a page that ran competitions in Puffin Post. She now lives in New Zealand, working in visual arts.

  2. Hi Colin, I was an enthusiastic member of the Puffin Club from around 1981 onwards, and remember attending a Puffinvite event on the North Norfolk coast.

    I did keep my copies of Puffin Post for years and am not sure how I have only two now: Vol 15 Nos. 1 and 2, the latter of which says that I won Jill Paton Walsh’s Lost Worlds Competition with a picture of the court of King Arthur Puffinland. Gosh, I don’t remember doing that! However I do remember poring over every competition and believing they were worth entering.

    Last time I was in the UK I found lovely copies of “Puffin’s Pleasure” (1976) and “The Puffin Annual 2” (1975) for sale in Cambridge at a market stand and brought those home to the States to share with my younger kids.

    In front of me as I write, and adorning one of my artist pots of supplies, is a 2 3/4-inch sewn felt puffin-in-profile with an embroidered beak and eye, handmade over a sort of jointed clip, that I won all those years ago in one of the Puffin Post competitions. I think it was for a painting of a ‘Marog,’ though might have been a different one. I was marvelling the other day that I still have this after 30+ years and it’s in such great shape! It came with a note saying that a staff member at Puffin had sewn it. I also won a small black and yellow flashlight for a poem in the “Bump in the Night” writing competition. I used that for years. As you can see I was a prolific responder to those competitions!

    I’d be happy to send you other thoughts and a photo of the sewn puffin prize. The Puffin Club helped dig a creative well in my childhood from which I still drink. I’m so glad you want to document all that the club accomplished.

  3. Hi,
    I have the first 6 volumes (4 in each) of Puffin Post in their red folders. I also have a copy of the PUFFIN CODE amongst other things. Let me know if you want any pictures.

  4. Hi, I have some of The Egg and Puffin Post magazines that I no longer have space for.
    Are they of any value or is there a good home for them?

    The Egg:
    Vol 1. No.3
    Vol 1. No.4
    Vol 2. No.1 – 5
    Vol 3 No. 2

    Puffin Post
    Vol 14 No. 4
    Vol 15 No. 1 – 4
    Vol 16 No. 1 – 4
    vol. 17 No. 1-4

    Many thanks

    1. Apologies for not replying sooner, I’ve been out of the country and only just returned. All of the issues have some residual value. You would need to spend the time setting up the sale somewhere like ebay to get the best return. A dealer won’t offer you the best price as they would need to mark it up to make a sale. The later Puffin Posts come on the market quite regularly – The Egg less so. You should be looking at about £3 – £5 per issue. Maybe a bit more if they are in very good condition. If you need any more help, let me know – I might even be interested in some of the Egg issues, which would help with the book I am preparing.

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