Darwen
Lancashire, England

Initially operated from 1987 by St. Joseph's Venture Scout Unit, joined by the St Joseph's Scout Unit & the Ranger Guides in 1989. The Ventures & Rangers forming a "Joint Unit" known as "Jo Whites". In 1994 "Jo Whites" was officially renamed as "Cellar Dwellers Venture Scout and Ranger Guide Joint Unit". In 1997 they then became the "Darwen District Venture Scout and Ranger Guide Unit. In 2002 the St Joseph's Scout Unit withdrew from the service, the Venture Scouts were transformed into Explorer Scouts & Scout Network & the Ranger Guides kept to the "Cellar Dwellars" name. From 2002 until 2008 the post has been run by the Darwen District Explorer Scouts and the Cellar Dweller Ranger Guides. From 2009 the St Joseph's Scout Group rejoined the Cellar Dweller Ranger Guides.

St Joseph's is a Scout Group in the Darwen District within the Scout County of East Lancashire.

Website link
Ely post web site

Poster(s)
Darwen poster

1987 - 1988

1988 issue

Type 1, printed on sheets of 37mm diameter self-adhesive labels.



1989 - 1993

1989 issue 1989 issue + 1992 cancel 1989 issue + 1993 cancel

Type 2, printed on sheets of 37mm diameter self-adhesive labels.


The 1992/1993 frankings are believed to be cancellations rather than overprints, however this has not been unequivocally confirmed by the post organisers (they said that they were unaware of any overprints, but ....).



1994 - 1995

1994 issue 1994 issue + 1994 cancel 1994 issue + 1995 cancel

Type 3, printed on sheets of 37mm diameter self-adhesive labels.

As with the 1992/1993 frankings, the 1994/1995 ones are believed to be cancellations rather than overprints.



1996

1996 issue

Type 4.



1997 - 1998

1997 issue

Type 5, designed by a cub.



1999

1999 issue

Type 6, printed in sheets of 20 (5 rows of four) on 63x33mm self-adhesive labels by SPRINT, Duckworth Street, Darwen. Sponsored by Belgrave Carpets.



2000

2000 issue

Type 7, printed in sheets of 20 (5 rows of 4) on 63x33mm self-adhesive labels by SPRINT, Duckworth Street, Darwen. Sponsored by Belgrave Carpets.



2001

2001 issue

Type 8, printed in sheets of 20 (5 rows of 4) on 63x33mm self-adhesive labels by SPRINT, Duckworth Street, Darwen. Sponsored by Belgrave Carpets.



While always supplied to the compiler in sheets of 12 from 2002 onwards, these do have the appearance of being part of a larger sheet of perhaps 21 (7 rows of 3).


2002

2002 issue

Type 9, printed in sheets of 12 (4 rows of 3) on 65x33mm self-adhesive labels by SPRINT, Duckworth Street, Darwen. Sponsored by Belgrave Carpets.



2003

2003 issue

Type 10, printed in sheets of 12 (4 rows of 3) on 65x33mm self-adhesive labels by SPRINT, Duckworth Street, Darwen. Sponsored by Belgrave Carpets.



2004

2004 issue

Type 11, printed in sheets of 12 (4 rows of 3) on 65x33mm self-adhesive labels by SPRINT, Duckworth Street, Darwen. Sponsored by Belgrave Carpets.



2005

2005 issue

Type 12, printed in sheets of 12 (4 rows of 3) on 65x33mm self-adhesive labels by SPRINT, Duckworth Street, Darwen. Sponsored by Belgrave Carpets.



2006

2006 issue

Type 13, printed in sheets of 12 (4 rows of 3) on 65x33mm self-adhesive labels by SPRINT, Duckworth Street, Darwen. Sponsored by Belgrave Carpets.



2007

2007 issue

Type 14, printed in sheets of 12 (4 rows of 3) on 65x33mm self-adhesive labels by SPRINT, Duckworth Street, Darwen. Sponsored by Belgrave Carpets.



2008

2008 issue

Type 15, printed in sheets of 12 (4 rows of 3) on 65x33mm self-adhesive labels by SPRINT, Duckworth Street, Darwen. Sponsored by Belgrave Carpets.



2009

2009 issue

Type 16, printed in sheets of 24 (8 rows of 3) on 65x33mm self-adhesive labels by Darwen Press, James Court, Hardmans Way, Darwen. Sponsored by Belgrave Carpets.



2010

2010 issue

Type 17, printed in sheets of 24 (8 rows of 3) on 65x33mm self-adhesive labels by Darwen Press, James Court, Hardmans Way, Darwen. Sponsored by Belgrave Carpets.



2011

2011 issue

Type 18, printed in sheets of 24 (8 rows of 3) on 65x33mm self-adhesive labels by Darwen Press, James Court, Hardmans Way, Darwen. Sponsored by Belgrave Carpets.



2012

2012 issue

Type 19, printed in sheets of 24 (8 rows of 3) on 65x33mm self-adhesive labels by Darwen Press, James Court, Hardmans Way, Darwen. Sponsored by Belgrave Carpets.



2013

2013 issue

Type 20, printed in sheets of 24 (8 rows of 3) on 65x33mm self-adhesive labels by Darwen Press, James Court, Hardmans Way, Darwen. Sponsored by Belgrave Carpets.



2014

2014 issue

Type 21, printed in sheets of 24 (8 rows of 3) on 65x33mm self-adhesive labels by Darwen Press, James Court, Hardmans Way, Darwen. Sponsored by Belgrave Carpets.



2015

2015 issue

Type 22, printed in sheets of 24 (8 rows of 3) on 65x33mm self-adhesive labels by Darwen Press, James Court, Hardmans Way, Darwen. Sponsored by Belgrave Carpets.



2016

2016 issue

Type 23, printed in sheets of 24 (8 rows of 3) on 65x33mm self-adhesive labels by Darwen Press, James Court, Hardmans Way, Darwen. Sponsored by Belgrave Carpets.



2017

2017 issue

Type 24, printed in sheets of 24 (8 rows of 3) on 65x33mm self-adhesive labels by Darwen Press, James Court, Hardmans Way, Darwen. Sponsored by Belgrave Carpets.

Darwen Tower has stood sentinel over the "Happy Valley" for well over 100 years as it was completed in 1898 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.



2018

2018 issue

Type 25, printed in sheets of 12 (4 rows of 3) on 65x33mm self-adhesive labels by Darwen Press, James Court, Hardmans Way, Darwen. Sponsored by Belgrave Carpets.

India Mill chimney was the tallest and most expensive in the country when it was completed in 1867, and it's still there.



2019

2019 issue

Type 26, printed in sheets of 12 (4 rows of 3) on 65x33mm self-adhesive labels by Darwen Press, James Court, Hardmans Way, Darwen. Sponsored by Belgrave Carpets.

South African War Memorial (2nd Boer War) 1899-1902 erected by the Mayor of Darwen in 1903.



Statistics

Year 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
Charge None None None None None None 10p 10p 10p 10p
Carried None None None None None None 2,000 . . .
Year 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Charge 10p 12p 12p 12p 12p 12p 13p 14p 13p 14p
Carried . 4,036 4,979 4,894 4,867 6,522 4,718 4,870 5,030 5.240
Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Charge 14p 14p 14p 15p 15p 15p 15p 15p 15p 20p
Carried 5,450 5,407 5,132 4,833 5,246 6,412 6,979 6,363 7,855 7,123
Year 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Charge 20p 20p 20p 25p 25p 25p 25p 25p 30p Covid
Carried 7,461 7,745 7,687 7,606 7,205 6,332 5,911 6,154 . Covid

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