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The ROYAL MAIL magazine for postmark collectors
45 14 8 JULY 2016
VC FOR VALOUR
SPECIAL HANDSTAMP CENTRES - Addresses 2
FORTHCOMING SPECIAL HANDSTAMPS 2
FORTHCOMING STAMP PROGRAMME 7
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS 8SOCIETY CONTACTS 9
PERMANENT PHILATELIC POSTMARKS 11Published by Royal Mail Letters, 35-50 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1HQ • Subscription address: Tallents House, 21 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 9PB • Annual subscription: £12.25 UK/Europe £24.95 rest of world • ISSN 0955-923X Royal Mail is a trading name of Royal Mail Group Ltd. number 4138203. Registered in England and Wales, Registered office: 148 Old Street, London EC1V 9HQ British Postmark Bulletin - 45/14 - 8 July 2016
SPECIAL HANDSTAMP CENTRES — ADDRESSESLondon Special Handstamp Centre Royal Mail, Mount Pleasant, Farringdon Road, LONDON, EC1A 1BB.
Northern England Special Handstamp Centre South Shields D.O., Keppell Street, SOUTH SHIELDS, NE33 1AA.
Midland Special Handstamp Centre Birmingham Mail Centre, St Stephens Street, BIRMINGHAM, B6 4AA.
Wales & The West Special Handstamp Centre Royal Mail, 220-228 Penarth Road, CARDIFF, CF11 8TA.
Royal Mail, Tallents House, 21 South Gyle Crescent, EDINBURGH EH12 9PB Phone Enquiries If you have an enquiry about the postmark information or other contents of this Bulletin then please contact us on 0345 071 2000. If you are enquiring about covers, which you have sent for postmarking, then please contact 0345 071 2000 where our customer care team will be pleased to help and arrange for a replacement if necessary.
Sponsoring Handstamps To sponsor a special handstamp contact Handstamp Liaison, Royal Mail, Tallents House, 21 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 9PB. Telephone: 0345 071 2000.
SPECIAL HANDSTAMPS - COLOURS OF INKSponsors of special handstamps may, for an additional fee, have the handstamps on their own covers applied in coloured inks. Unless otherwise stated in this Bulletin, covers sent in under the reposting service will have the postmarks applied in black ink. Indication of the use of any coloured inks will be given and readers interested in acquiring covers bearing these coloured postmarks should contact the sponsor for further information.
FORTHCOMING SPECIAL HANDSTAMPSItems for reposting, individually addressed and bearing at least the 2nd class postage rate should be sent to the reposting address given. To ensure prompt handling please mark the outer cover ‘Special Handstamp’ and state clearly the serial number(s) of the handstamp(s) required. On the first day of issue of new stamps items not clearly marked will receive the ‘First Day of Issue’ cancellation. The outer cover must bear normal postage and only those items bearing the postmark on or before the date of the special handstamp will be eligible for the cancellation. Collectors who want their covers/cards returned under cover after handstamping should enclose a suitable self-addressed envelope. This need not bear additional postage stamps, the postage being already paid by the stamp affixed to the covers for postmarking. The handstamp illustrations in this bulletin are approximately full size; we regret we cannot guarantee that the actual postmark impressions will be the same size as the illustrations. The handstamps are announced in sections for each of the Special Handstamp Centres, and where relevant Royal Mail Tallents House, Forces Post Office, and other handstamping places. They are shown in date order with the name and address of the sponsor given at the end of each section.
For customers submitting covers/cards for more than one postmark, please use/provide a separate envelope for each postmark. Customers are also asked to clearly mark/identify the postmark number required. This will help us process the covers/cards more efficiently.
We regret the late announcement of handstamp 13899. Collectors should submit covers to the Special Handstamp Centre within 10 days of receipt of this Bulletin.
13899 - The Westminster Collection Ltd, 288 Group, Unit 1, Aston Way, Poole BH12 4FE 13900 - The Westminster Collection Ltd, 288 Group, Unit 1, Aston Way, Poole BH12 4FE 13901 - The Westminster Collection Ltd, 288 Group, Unit 1, Aston Way, Poole BH12 4FE 13902 - Internet Stamps Ltd., Warren House, Shearway Road, Folkestone, Kent CT19 4BF 13903 - The Westminster Collection Ltd, 288 Group, Unit 1, Aston Way, Poole BH12 4FE British Postmark Bulletin - 45/14 - 8 July 2016
MIDLAND SPECIAL HANDSTAMP CENTREReposting Address: Midland SHC, Birmingham Mail Centre, St Stephens Street, BIRMINGHAM B6 4AA
13904 - The Westminster Collection Ltd, 288 Group, Unit 1, Aston Way, Poole BH12 4FE 13905 - The Westminster Collection Ltd, 288 Group, Unit 1, Aston Way, Poole BH12 4FE
NORTHERN ENGLAND SPECIAL HANDSTAMP CENTREReposting Address: Northern England Special Handstamp Centre, South Shields D.O.
Keppell Street, SOUTH SHIELDS NE33 1AA
13906 - The Westminster Collection Ltd, 288 Group, Unit 1, Aston Way, Poole BH12 4FE 13907 - The Westminster Collection Ltd, 288 Group, Unit 1, Aston Way, Poole BH12 4FE British Postmark Bulletin - 45/14 - 8 July 2016
WALES & THE WEST SPECIAL HANDSTAMP CENTREReposting Address: Wales and the West Special Handstamp Centre, Royal Mail, 220-228 Penarth Road, CARDIFF CF11 8TA
FORTHCOMING STAMP PROGRAMME2016 Special Stamps 7 Jan 2016 – Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition 17 Feb 2016 – Royal Mail 500 15 Mar 2016 – British Humanitarians 5 Apr 2016 – Shakespeare 21 Apr 2016 – HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday 17 May 2016 – Animail 21 Jun 2016 – First World War – 1916 7 Jul 2016 – Music Giants 28 Jul 2016 – Beatrix Potter 16 Aug 2016 – Landscape Gardens 2 Sept 2016 – The Great Fire of London 15 Sept 2016 – Agatha Christie 20 Oct 2016 – To be Announced 8 Nov 2016 – Christmas Post & Go Stamps 17 Feb 2016 – Royal Mail Heritage 14 Sept 2016 – Ladybirds 14 Nov 2016 – Hibernating Animals British Postmark Bulletin - 45/14 - 8 July 2016
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTPlease note that if you wish to sponsor a Special Postmark we require the artwork to be received 6 weeks prior to the date of sponsorship. If they are not received within this time frame any late submissions may be refused.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTPlease note that postmark 13007 will continue to run until the 31st of December 2015.
Postmark 13412 – House of Illustration will now be available until the 6th of May 2016.
Postmark 12203 (Royal Mail London E20) has been extended until further notice.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTTo make the Postmark Bulletin more widely available, customers will now be able to view and print off the fortnightly editions as a PDF document from the 11th of December by going to www.royalmail.com/postmarkbulletin. Customers who subscribe to the publication will continue to receive their copies on a fortnightly basis and hard copies will also remain available to buy on an ad hoc basis.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTWe are delighted to announce that with immediate effect the Postmark Bulletin will be available free to all customers. Subscribers will no longer be charged for receiving their copies once their subscriptions run out. We will therefore continue to automatically post the Postmark Bulletin to subscribers and will also send the latest edition to anyone who requests a copy.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTPlease note that Postmark 13736 which we previously stated would be postponed until further notice has been cancelled.
SOCIETY CONTACTSAssociation of GB First Day Cover Collectors The Association publishes an informative Newsletter, organises meetings and auctions. For details of Association pub meetings at The Ship & Shovel, Craven Passage, London WC2 contact Richard Park, 2 Chaffinch Close, Horsham RH12 5HA, Tel 01403 241825 (before 10pm), or e-mail email@example.com For details of meetings at The Bowling Green Pub, Shaw Lane, Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire contact Joseph Adam Bevan on 07969 311 003 or 0121 477 9924 (weekdays 7-10pm). For details of Association membership contact Terry Barnett, 7 Mackets Lane, Hunts Cross, Liverpool L25 0QA or see www.gbfdc.co.uk British Postmark Society The Society was founded in 1958, and its Journal is essential reading for all serious collectors of British postmarks, old and modern. For BPS membership details contact Duncan James, 26 Redhall Crescent, Edinburgh EH14 2HU, the previous holder Mr. Strachan has now retired, or see website www.britishpostmarksociety.org.uk The well-designed website includes details of 11 highly useful BPS publications still available. These cover special event postmarks (special handstamps), slogans, and skeleton and First Day of Issue postmarks.
Postal Mechanisation Study Circle The PMSC’s monthly Newsletter includes numerous reports of value to collectors of postal mechanisation material in the UK and worldwide. For full details of our activities and membership rates (now including the key subscription rate reduced by 40% for new customers choosing to receive our publications electronically by email rather than printed), please contact Jeremy Meal, 41 Delfur Road, Bramhall, STOCKPORT, SK7 2HG, email Jeremy.Meal@btinternet.com Great Britain Philatelic Society The Society, founded in 1955, caters for serious collectors of GB stamps, particularly the older issues. It publishes a prestigious magazine, The GB Journal, and a highly informative and readable Newsletter, both of which sometimes include features of interest to postmark collectors. For details of GBPS membership and activities contact Peter Tanner, Highstandings, 13 St Hubert’s Close, Gerrards Cross SL9 7EN, or visit www.gbps.org.uk The TPO & Seapost Society The society was founded in 1938, catering for all who are interested in Travelling Post Office (TPO) and Maritime (seapost/paquebot/naval) material, as a main collection or as part of some other collecting field. The Society publishes an award winning quarterly Journal, full of news and interesting information of TPO and Seapost matters. Postal auctions are held four times throughout the year and the exchange of news, views, and information between members is encouraged by means of meetings held periodically in regional centres and London. For a free copy of our magazine and a membership application form please contact: Keith Morris, TPO and Seapost Society, 1 St Marys Drive, FAIRFORD, GL7 4LQ www.tpo-seapost.org.uk Email TPO_Seapost@Hotmail.com
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SOCIETY CONTACTS CONTDRailway Philatelic Group The RPG, founded in 1966, caters for collectors of railway letter and parcel stamps, railway postmarks, and postage stamps with a railway theme. For details of the RPG and its activities contact F W Taylor, 5 Garth Lane, Widdrington, Morpeth NE61 5EN, Tel 01670 760 252.
Welsh Philatelic Society The society, founded in 1971, publishes an excellent journal with features on Welsh postmarks past and present, runs several postal auctions and holds regular meetings, including a popular weekend. The annual subscription is £9. For details, contact the secretary, - Neil Prior, 20 Heol y Sheet, North Cornelly, Bridgend CF33 4EY or see the Society website: http://www.wps.wales.org East Anglian Postal History Society Members of the Study Circle collect and study the postmarks and postal history of Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, and Suffolk.
Their findings are published in ‘Eastern Angle’, an informative and well-produced journal, ably edited by Barry R Reynolds. For details of the Study Circle contact the Secretary: John J W Copeland, 20 The Vale, Brentwood, Essex CM15 4UP.
The Midland (GB) Postal History Society The society was formed in 1975 to promote interest in British Postal History, particularly (but not exclusively) of the English midland counties. Meetings are held monthly, on a Saturday, from September to May. A number of these meetings are in the Birmingham area, while others are held in the South Midlands. Members receive the Society’s journal “Midland Mail” four times a year. This includes original articles on a wide range of topics relating to the postal history of the Midlands. For details of membership contact the Secretary: Mick Gill, 17 Strawberry Hall Lane, Newark, Notts. NG24 2EX Tel: 01636 672868 or see our website www.midlandphs.org.uk
PERMANENT PHILATELIC POSTMARKSLast day of use of Postmark number 9568 The British Postal Musuem & Archive is 31st January 2016.
Special handstamps in permanent use for tourist/philatelic mailings. These are illustrated above with reposting number and addresses to which cards/covers should be sent for reposting. Cards/covers must bear at least the 1st class postage rate.