Castle Hedingham
Essex, England

Operated by 1st Castle Hedingham Scouts, Guides, Cubs & Brownies from 1985, serving Castle Hedingham, Sible Hedingham, Great & Little Maplestead, Great Yeldham (from 1986) & Gestingthorpe. Reduced to Castle Hedingham & Sible Hedingham only from 1989 onwards due to a lack of postmen. Ceased operation after 1992 due to a lack of adult help and was sorely missed by the local community. From 1985-7 offered a special Christmas Day delivery service at 1 per Card. Initial profits applied to fund for new HQ which was officially opened 29th May 1987.

After a gap of four years re-started in 1997 using stamps printed by ink-jet printer onto sheets of self-adhesive labels of various sizes.

1st Castle Hedingham is a Group within the Halstead and Colne Valley District in the Scout County of Essex.

Castle Hedingham Poster

1985 (December 9th)

1985 issue 1985 issue

Types 1 and 2, 27x36mm & 53x36mm, designed by John Redgewell, Steve Wooding, Glyn Brassington in association with J Newman of the printers, Colne Valley Printers, Halstead, Essex. Line rouletted about 10. Lithographic process. Sheet format 6 rows of ten stamps, each row 9x10p + 1x1. Separate first day covers were produced for the two stamps on specially designed and printed grey envelopes .



1986 (December 10th)

1986 issue 1986 issue

Types 3 and 4, 31x35mm & 35x51mm, designed by Tracey Townsend, printed by lithography by Colne Valley Printers, Halstead, Essex. Line rouletted about 10. Sheet format 6 rows of ten stamps, each row 9x10p + 1x1. Separate first day covers were produced for the two stamps on specially designed and printed maroon envelopes .



1987 (December 14th)

1987 issue 1987 issue

Types 5 and 6, 27x36mm & 53x36mm, types 1 and 2 overprinted "1987". Separate first day covers were produced for the two stamps on specially designed and printed envelopes (both grey and maroon envelopes from the last two years were re-used).



1988 (December 12th)

1988 issue

Type 7, 27x36mm, type 1 overprinted "-- DEC 1988". A first day cover was produced on specially designed and printed envelopes (grey envelope from 1985 re-used).



1989 (December 11th)

1989 issue

Type 8, 31x35mm, type 3 overprinted "1989". A first day cover was produced on a specially designed and printed envelope. A booklet containing ten stamps was produced.



1990 (December 10th)

1990 issue

Types 9 and 10, 30x36mm, designed by John Redgewell, printed by R. Phillips of Wembley Scouts in booklet panes of ten, two rows of 5, first row types 10/9/10/9/10, second row types 9/10/9/10/9. Line rouletted about 10. A first day cover was produced on a specially designed and printed envelope. A booklet containing ten stamps was produced.



1991 (December 9th)

1990 issue

Types 11 and 12, 30x36mm, designed by John Redgewell, printed by R. Phillips of Wembley Scouts. Line rouletted about 10. Booklet pane two rows of 5, first row types 12/11/12/11/12, second row types 11/12/11/12/11. A first day cover was produced on a specially designed and printed envelope. A booklet containing ten stamps was produced.



1992


The service continued in 1992, using up spare un-overprinted stamps from previous years, mostly those from 1989/90. Almost any 10p stamp can be found with a 1992 cancellation.

1993-1996


Service inactive.

1997

1997 issue 1997 issue 1997 issue 1997 issue

Types 13 to 16, designed by ?, computer printed with an ink-jet printer on sheets of self-adhesive labels. No FDCs produced. The arrangement of the boxed & unboxed designs within the same (or separate) sheets is not known.



1998

1998 issue 1998 issue

Types 17 to 18, designed by ?, computer printed with an ink-jet printer on sheets of self-adhesive labels. No FDCs produced. Very variable in colour - the two examples given are the extremes of what is actually a gradual progression presumably due to fluctuations in the ink supply whilst printing.



1999

1999 issue

Type 19, designed by ?, computer printed on an ink-jet printer on sheets of self-adhesive labels. No FDCs produced. Vary variable in alignment with top/bottom of label - see the sheet layout for details.



2000

2000 issue 2000 issue 2000 issue 2000 issue
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2000 issue 2000 issue 2000 issue 2000 issue
2000 issue 2000 issue 2000 issue

Types 20 to 34, designed by ?, computer printed on an ink-jet printer, 2 stamps per label, on the first 7 rows of 2 labels of A4 sheets of 16 self-adhesive labels (bottom row of two labels left blank) giving 28 stamps per sheet. They were then separated before distribution into vertical strips of 7 so no sheet images can be produced. The guillotining was very uneven so the stamp size is very variable.



2001

2001 issue 2001 issue 2001 issue

Types 35 to 37, designed by ?, computer printed on an ink-jet printer on sheets of self-adhesive labels.



2002

2002 issue

Type 38, 64x34mm designed by a cub, computer printed on an ink-jet printer on sheets of 24 (8 rows of 3) self-adhesive labels.



2003

2003 issue 2003 issue

Types 39 to 40, designed by leaders using clip-art, computer printed on an ink-jet printer on sheets of 21 (7 rows of 3) self-adhesive labels of type 39 or 24 (8 rows of 3) of type 40, the last row of each being inverted.



2004

2004 issue 2004 issue 2004 issue 2004 issue

Types 41 to 44, designed by members Katie Poulton, Christie Edwards, Dawn Whitehouse & Thomas Bowles, computer printed on an ink-jet printer on sheets of 21 (7 rows of 3) self-adhesive labels, the last row of each being inverted.



2005

2005 issue 2005 issue 2005 issue

Types 45 to 47, designed by members, computer printed on an ink-jet printer on sheets of 21 (7 rows of 3) self-adhesive labels, the last row of each being inverted.



2006

2006 issue 2006 issue 2006 issue 2006 issue

Types 48 to 51, designed by members, computer printed on an ink-jet printer on sheets of 21 (7 rows of 3) self-adhesive labels, the last row of each being inverted.



2007

2007 issue

Type 52, designed by a member, computer printed on an ink-jet printer on sheets of 21 (7 rows of 3) self-adhesive labels, the last row being inverted.



2008

2008 issue 2008 issue 2008 issue 2008 issue 2008 issue

Types 53 to 57, designed by members, computer printed on an ink-jet printer on sheets of 21 (7 rows of 3) self-adhesive labels, the last row of each being inverted.



Cancellations

Castle Hedingham postmark

Type C1/P1 - used on ordinary mail and FDCs from 1985-1992, either as a cancel applied to the 10p stamp or as a separate cachet on the FDC (1985-1988).

 


Castle Hedingham FDI

Type C2/P2 - used on FDCs from 1985-1988, either as a cancel applied to the 10p stamp or as a separate cachet on the 1 FDC. Also used on full-set FDCs in 2001.

 


Castle Hedingham FDI

Type C3/P3 - used on FDCs from 2000, either as a cancel applied to the stamp on an FDC with a set of three stamps (2001 only) or as a separate cachet on single-stamp FDC.

 


Castle Hedingham special

Type P4 - used on special "Christmas day delivery" cards from 1985-1987.

 


Castle Hedingham postmark

Type P5 - used on ordinary mail from 2000 and FDCs from 2001.

 


 

Castle Hedingham postmark

Type P6 - used on ordinary mail from 2001 and single-stamp FDCs from 2000.

 



Statistics

Year 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
Start None None None None Dec 9 Dec 10 Dec 14 Dec 12 Dec 11 Dec 10
Printed None None None None 8,000 5,000 0 0 0 3,000
Carried None None None None 3,500 2,450 1,804 1,931 1,773 1,830
Year 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Start Dec 9 Dec 14 None None None None . . . .
Printed 2,000 0 None None None None . . . .
Carried 1,688 1,401 None None None None . . . .
Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Start Dec 11 . . . . . . . None None
Printed . . . . . . . . None None
Carried . . . . . . . . None None

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