Once again the Nativity story is illustrated on the Royal Mail Great Britain Christmas stamps to be issued on November 3rd.
Royal Mail created a special postmark to congratulate Marlon James, the winning author of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2015. Marlon was presented with the prestigious literary award for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. The trophy was handed over by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall at a ceremony at London’s Guildhall shown live on BBC Television.
According to Yoda, the Force is all around us and, courtesy of Royal Mail, it is about to enter letterboxes all around the UK.
Armistice Day, held on 11 November every year, commemorates the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany at 11am on 11 November 1918 - the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
A tweet from The Colchester and District Philatelic Society made us aware that their AEPS Autumn Rally Annual Fair will take place on Saturday 24th October 2015 featuring collectable stamps and postcards.
Royal Mail is introducing a simpler flat rate charging structure for letters and parcels where insufficient postage or no stamps have been attached. The changes are designed to reduce delays in processing underpaid mail and minimise inconvenience for customers. Even with these changes, surcharge fees will not fully meet the cost to Royal Mail of handling mail where the appropriate postage has not been attached.
Royal Mail have a store on eBay where they list recent issues and some of their gifts such as cuff links and framed prints. But shouldn't they be making more use of eBay for the benefit of both the hobby and themselves?
Royal Mail has recently moved its Post & Go product and preorder printing work to Tallents House in Edinburgh. This has apparently necessitated a change to the production process they previously employed.
Stamp Active is a voluntary organisation which aims to promote stamp collecting to young people in the UK. So what exactly do they do?
The British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA) has announced that, from Monday 16th November, the Winter Fur and Feathers Post & Go stamp designs, overprinted with the BPMA's identifier, will be available from the Post & Go machine in their foyer.
There are currently fourteen British Overseas Territories under the jurisdiction and sovereignty of the United Kingdom. Despite this status they do not form part of the United Kingdom but, as former constituents of the British Empire, have either not opted for independence or the population has voted to remain a British territory. Most of the British Overseas Territories are self-governing but they still have the reigning British monarch as their head of state.
Royal Mail will be releasing their next pictorial Post & Go stamps on 16th September 2015 featuring worldwide coastal views including Sydney Opera House, New York Harbour, Ha Long Bay, The white cliffs of Dover, Hong Kong and Venice.
The Ministry of Defence has expanded entitlement to its Enduring Families Free Mail Service (EFFMS) delivered by Royal Mail and the British Forces Post Office (BFPO) to service personnel on Operations and aboard Ships around the world.
Following the passing in July of Sir Nicholas Winton, dubbed as Britain's Oskar Schindler by the tabloids, at the age of 106, Royal Mail has responded positively to an online petition for a special commemorative stamp which attracted more than 100,000 signatures.
The Postcard Traders Association (PTA) is organising its next Postcard Show at Woking Leisure Centre in Surrey. The event is held twice yearly in spring and autumn and the forthcoming dates for your diary are 25th & 26th September 2015. Although principally aimed at postcard collectors, the fair also features cigarette cards, ephemera and stamps.
Here in the UK we took a little longer to see the value of picture postcards compared to other European nations and it was as late as 1894 when the General Post Office (GPO) gave permission for privately published illustrated postcards to pass through the mail system using an adhesive stamp for pre-payment.