15th March 2016 will see Royal Mail's stamp issue commemorating the lives and achievements of six notable British individuals and their humanitarian contributions both in the UK and abroad. So who will the six Great Britains be?
A century on from Shackleton's remarkable recovery from the ice, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Antarctic Endurance Expedition 2016 aims to Inspire a new generation of adventurers in the Services, celebrate the success of the 2014 Endurance team returning from the Antarctic and to educate organisations on the value of adventurous training with individual development.
Royal Mail turns 500 this year. Originaly set up as a service to the Crown, it has evolved to become a service by the people, for the people and was recently bought by the people with deep enough pockets! To list every milestone and the contributions made to our communities and country would be too much to tackle here but some of the key events were:
Royal Mail has announced that a trial Post & Go kiosk is being installed by the Britsh Forces Post Office and, in a separate development, the Royal Air Force are also receiving machines at two locations.
Shetland's spectacular annual Up Helly Aa Viking fire festival took place in Lerwick, Shetland on Tuesday 26th January this year and a special one day only postmark was made available by Royal Mail to mark the event.
If you're a regular buyer on eBay - or any similar marketplace websites - are you losing a significant amount of cash given freely by your online sellers? Okay, perhaps you're not all that interested in postage stamps. But if cash is of interest... I urge you to read on.
The British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA) is launching its new brand to the public on Monday 1st February 2016 when it officially changes name to The Postal Museum.
Royal Mail has confirmed that a pre-order form for the new Post & Go issues at Spring Stampex will be available online from 13th January 2016.
Royal Mail have launched a set of Special Stamps to mark the remarkable story of survival of Ernest Shackleton and the crew of the Endurance. Shackleton's heroism and resourcefulness have made him one of the most celebrated sailors and leaders of all time.
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?