Chesham
Buckinghamshire, England

Operated by four Chesham Scout Groups - 1st Chesham, 2nd Chesham (Trinity), 3rd Chesham (St. Mary's) & 4th Chesham (Methodist). From 1994 exchanged post with the Amersham post. In 2000 merged with the Amersham post to form the Amersham and Chesham post.

The four Chesham Groups are part of the Chiltern North Scout District in the Scout County of Buckinghamshire.

1985 - 1992

1985 issue

Type 1, 50x25mm, designed by B. Wheatley (Cub leader). Printed by various printers - by Croxsons, The Island, Moor Road, Chesham in 1985 & 1986, by The Folio Three Printing Company, Vale Industrial Park, Tolpits Lane, Watford, Herts in 1987 and by Wensley Bown, Island House, Moor Road, Chesham in 1989 & 1991. It is not possible to identify which of the five printings produced any particular single stamp. No First day covers were issued in 1985 but souvenir covers were produced in 1989, 1990 and 1991.



1992

1992 emergency issue 1992 emergency issue

Types 2 & 2a, 38x50mm, designed by John Hare and photocopied onto sheets of 9 labels which were then hand rouletted with a cutting wheel to give sheets of 18 stamps. Originally designed for the 1991 post and printed on green labels but never issued as not needed. In 1992 it was found that the computer file had been wiped so the text "Chesham Scoutpost 1992" was individually stuck over the 1991 artwork by hand, due to inaccuracies in the method all 18 stamps in the sheet are slightly different. Individual stamps will have either both left-hand corners or both right-hand corners rounded. Type 2a is a constant error appearing once per sheet at row 2 stamp 5.



1993 (on sale 20th November)

1993

Types 3 to 6, 25x40mm, designed by Jackie Russell. Printed in blocks of 8 on a large self-adhesive label and then rouletted by Nestlé Printing Works, Grimsby. A first day cover, dated for the first collection on 4th December, was produced on a locally designed and printed envelope.



1994 (on sale late November)

1994

Types 7 to 10, 25x40mm, designed by Jackie Russell. Printed in blocks of 8 on a large self-adhesive label and then rouletted by Nestlé Printing Works, Grimsby. A first day cover, dated for the first collection on 3rd December. was produced on a locally designed and printed envelope.



1995

1995

Types 11 to 18, 25x40mm, designed by Jackie Russell. Printed in blocks of 8 on a large self-adhesive label and then rouletted by Nestlé Printing Works, Grimsby. A first day cover was produced on a locally designed and printed envelope. Owing to the size of the block of stamps a special large cancellation was produced and can be seen on the illustration of the first day cover.



1996

1996

Types 19 to 20, 25x40mm, designed by Louise Camish. Printed in blocks of 8 on a large self-adhesive label and then rouletted by Nestlé Printing Works, Grimsby. A first day cover was produced on a locally designed and printed envelope. The layout gives two minor variations of each design, either with one rounded and three square corners or with four square corners.



1997

1997

Types 21 to 22, 25x40mm, designed by Thomas ?. Printed in blocks of 8 on a large self-adhesive label and then rouletted by Nestlé Printing Works, Grimsby. A first day cover was produced on a locally designed and printed envelope. The layout gives two minor variations of each design, either with one rounded and three square corners or with four square corners.



1998

1998

Types 23 to 24, 25x40mm, designed by ?. Printed in blocks of 8 on a large self-adhesive label and then rouletted by Nestlé Printing Works, Grimsby. A first day cover was produced on a locally designed and printed envelope. The layout gives two minor variations of each design, either with one rounded and three square corners or with four square corners.



1999

1999 1999 1999

Types 25 to 30, 25x40mm, designed from 1996, 1997 and 1998 overprinted 1999. A first day cover was produced on a locally designed and printed envelope. As before the layout gives two minor variations of each design, either with one rounded and three square corners or with four square corners.



Cancellations

postmark

Type P1 - used on all mail from 1985 to 1989.


 

postmark

Type P2 - used on all mail from 1990 to 1998.


 

postmark

Type P3 - used on all mail posted in 1999.


 


Statistics

Year 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
Start None None None None Dec 1 Dec 1 Dec 1 Dec 1 Dec 1 Dec 1
Printed None None None None 18,000 18,336 28,104 0 14,000 0
Charge None None None None 3 for 25p 3 for 25p 3 for 25p 10p 10p 2 for 25p
Carried None None None None 6,530 7,564 10,382 9,684 12,219 13,978
Year 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Start Dec 1 Nov 25 Nov 20 Dec 4 Dec 3 Nov 25 Nov 25 Nov 25 Nov 25 None
Printed 19,200 9,600 26,832 26,832 26,832 . . . . None
Charge 2 for 25p 15p 15p 15p 15p 15p 15p 15p 15p None
Carried 13,757 12,399 14,708 16,136 16,245 . . . . None

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This page last amended 1st May 2018
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