Desborough
Northamptonshire, England

Operated by 2nd Desborough (United Reformed Church) Scouts. No datestamps, no FDCs. Desborough is one of a group of seven local postal services that exchange cards for each other's areas. The other posts are Barton Seagrave, Broughton, Burton Latimer, Geddinton, Kettering and Rothwell, all within the same Scout District.

2nd Desborough (United Reformed Church) Scouts are part of the Kettering District within the Scout County of Northamptonshire.

The following map shows the combined area served by the posts. Participating groups are as follows :- 1st Barton Seagrave (until 2006), Ise Valley (from 2007), 1st Burton Latimer, 1st Geddinton, 4th Kettering (until 2009), 17th Kettering, 21st Kettering (until 2006), 2nd Broughton, 2nd Desborough URC, 1st Kettering, 5th Kettering, 20th Kettering, 2nd Rothwell, 10th Kettering (from 2006) & Mawsley (from 2008).

distribution map

1981


About 5,000 items were delivered for Christmas 1981 but neither stamps nor cancellations were applied.


1982

1982 issue 1982 issue (as type 1 but red)

Types C1 and C2.



1983

1983 issue

Type C3.



1984

1984 issue 1984 issue (as type 4 but blue) 1984 issue (as type 4 but red)

Types C4 to C6.



1985-1987


As 1984 types with year changed - colours unknown.



1988

1988 issue

Type C7, seen on same cover as a 5th Kettering strike.



1989

1989 issue as C08 but red

Types C8 to C9.



1990

1990 issue as C10 but red

Types C10 to C11.


1990 issue as C12 but bluish-black

Types C12 to C13, C12/13 have a tail on the last 0 of 2000.



1991

1991 issue as C14 but red

Types C14 to C15.



1992-2002

blue issue as C16 but black

Types C16 to C17.



1992-2003

black issue blue issue

Types C18 to C19.



1998

1998 issue

Type C20.



1999

1999 issue
so that it looks like 1999.



2000-2002

2000 issue

Type C22.



2003-2004

2003 issue

Type C23.



Statistics

Year 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
Start . . Dec 3 Dec 1 . . . . . .
Charge . 4p . 5p . . . . 10p 10p
Carried 5,000 5,000 7,000 6,500 . . . . . .
Year 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Start . . . . . . Dec 4 Dec 7 Dec 6 Dec 4
Charge 10p 10p 10p 10p 10p 10p 10p 10p 10p 10p
Carried . . . . 11,100 13,300 14,100 14,400 14,200 15,000
Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Start Dec 3 Dec 2 Dec 8 Dec 1 Dec 5 Nov 25 Dec 1 Dec 1 Dec 1 Dec 1
Charge 10p 10p 10p 10p 15p 15p 15p 15p 15p 20p
Carried 13,300 14,000 13,700 13,800 11,600 . . . 10,090 9,022
Year 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Start Dec 1 Nov 26 . . . . . . . .
Charge 20p 20p 25p . . . . . . .
Carried 8,845 8,712 . . . . . . . .

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This page last amended 1st March 2021
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