Otford
Kent, England

Operated by 1st & 3rd Otford Guides serving Otford village only, from 1984-86 cooperating with Shoreham Guides. Main postbox in local library, cards handed to librarian with the money, franked & handed back for posting. Cachets slightly different each year, produced with a ‘John Bull’ set so also quite variable due to loose type. Undated, no FDCs. No cancellations used on stamps until 2005. Funds raised are often donated to another local charity - in 1997-2000 this was the children's hospice "Demelza House" in Sittingbourne - in 2005 the proceeds were shared between thr Hospice in the Weald and Kent Air Ambulance Trust.


From 1982-1994 Otford Guides used "John Bull" style printing outfits to produce their handstamps - these varied in detail & were probably not all used the same year. Colours also varied from year to year. The following three versions are probably not the only ones, and probably also were used in other colours. The dates given were supplied by a collector along with photocopies so no coloured illustrations are currently available.

1983/1989

cachet

Type C1. Blue in 1983, green in 1989.



1984

cachet

Type C2. Grey in 1984.



1985/1988

cachet

Type C3. Blue in 1985, green in 1988.



1995

1995 issue 1995 issue

Types 1 to 2, approximately 28x28mm, designed by ? and computer-printed locally on A4 sheets of imperforate gummed paper with 42 (7 rows of 6) stamps per sheet. No first day covers were produced. No cancellations used.



1996

1996 issue

Type 3, approximately 28x28mm, designed by ? and computer-printed locally on A4 sheets of imperforate gummed paper with 42 (7 rows of 6) stamps per sheet. No first day covers were produced. No cancellations used.



1997

1997 issue 1997 issue 1997 issue 1997 issue

Types 4 to 7, approximately 28x28mm, designed by ? and computer-printed locally on A4 sheets of gummed imperforate paper with 42 (7 rows of 6) stamps per sheet. No first day covers were produced. No cancellations used.



1998

1998 issue 1998 issue 1998 issue 1998 issue

Types 8 to 11, approximately 28x28mm, designed by ? and computer-printed locally on A4 sheets of gummed imperforate paper with 42 (7 rows of 6) stamps per sheet. No first day covers were produced. No cancellations used.



1999

1999 issue 1999 issue (pink paper) 1999 issue 1999 issue

Types 12 to 15, approximately 28x28mm, designed by ? and computer-printed locally on A4 sheets of imperforate gummed paper with 42 (7 rows of 6) stamps per sheet. No first day covers were produced. No cancellations used.



2000

2000 issue 2000 issue 2000 issue 2000 issue

Types 16 to 19, approximately 28x28mm, designed by ? and computer-printed locally on A4 sheets of imperforate gummed paper with 42 (7 rows of 6) stamps per sheet. No first day covers were produced. No cancellations used.



2001

2001 issue
2001 issue
2001 issue

Types 20 to 37, approximately 28x28mm, designed by ? and computer-printed locally on A4 sheets of imperforate gummed paper with 42 (7 rows of 6) stamps per sheet. No first day covers were produced. No cancellations used.



2002

2002 issue
2002 issue
2002 issue

Types 38 to 55, approximately 28x28mm, designed by ? and computer-printed locally on A4 sheets of imperforate gummed paper with 42 (7 rows of 6) stamps per sheet. No first day covers were produced. No cancellations used.



2003

2003 issue
2003 issue
2003 issue

Types 56 to 70, approximately 28x28mm, designed by ? and computer-printed locally on A4 sheets of imperforate gummed paper with 40 (8 rows of 5) stamps per sheet. No first day covers were produced. No cancellations used.



2004

2004 issue
2004 issue
2004 issue

Types 71 to 85, approximately 28x28mm, designed by ? and computer-printed locally on A4 sheets of imperforate gummed paper with 40 (8 rows of 5) stamps per sheet. No first day covers were produced. No cancellations used.



2005

2005 issue
2005 issue
2005 issue

Types 86 to 103, approximately 28x28mm, designed by ? and computer-printed locally on A4 sheets of imperforate gummed paper with 48 (8 rows of 6) stamps per sheet. No first day covers were produced. Cancelled with type P1 in black.



2006

2006 issue
2006 issue
2006 issue

Types 104 to 121, approximately 28x28mm, designed by ? and computer-printed locally on A4 sheets of imperforate gummed paper with 48 (8 rows of 6) stamps per sheet. No first day covers were produced. Cancelled with type P1 in black.



2007

2007 issue

Types 122 to 139, approximately 28x28mm, designed by ? and computer-printed locally on A4 sheets of imperforate gummed paper with 42 (7 rows of 6) stamps per sheet. No first day covers were produced. Cancelled with type P1 in silver. This illustration shows the stamps as cut into strips ready for sale, individual stamps usually have the irregular border on all four sides.



2008

2008 issue

Types 140 to 157, approximately 28x28mm, designed by ? and computer-printed locally on A4 sheets of imperforate gummed paper with 48 (8 rows of 6) stamps per sheet. No first day covers were produced. Cancelled with type P1 in black.



2009

2009 issue 2009 issue

Types 158 to 173, approximately 28x28mm, designed by ? and computer-printed locally on A4 sheets of imperforate gummed paper with 48 (6 rows of 8) stamps per sheet, cancelled with type P1 in black. Centenary souvenir covers were produced with half the stamps (4 of each colour), cancelled with type P2 in black.



2009 Centenary issue

2009 issue

Types 174 to 175, approximately 28x28mm, designed by ? and computer-printed locally on A4 sheets of imperforate gummed paper with 48 (6 rows of 8) stamps per sheet. Cancelled with type P1 in black.



2010

2010 issue

Types 176 to 199, approximately 28x36mm, designed by ? and printed locally on a 75cm wide roll of labels on an imperforate backing sheet, cancelled with type P1 in black. Souvenir covers were produced with a selection of stamps, cancelled with type P2 in black.



2011

2011 issue

Types 200 to 223, approximately 28x36mm, designed by ? and printed locally on a 75cm wide roll of labels on an imperforate backing sheet, cancelled with type P1 in black. Souvenir covers were produced with a selection of stamps, cancelled with type P2 in black.



2012

2012 issue

Types 224 to 247, approximately 28x36mm, designed by ? and printed locally on a 75cm wide roll of labels on an imperforate backing sheet, cancelled with type P1 in black. Souvenir covers were produced with a selection of stamps, cancelled with type P2 in black.



2013

2013 issue

Types 248 to 271, approximately 28x36mm, designed by ? and printed locally on a 75cm wide roll of labels on an imperforate backing sheet, cancelled with type P1 in black. Souvenir covers were produced with a selection of stamps, cancelled with type P2 in black.



2014

2014 issue

Types 272 to 295, approximately 28x36mm, designed by ? and printed locally on a 75cm wide roll of labels on an imperforate backing sheet, cancelled with type P1 in black. Souvenir covers were produced with a selection of stamps, cancelled with type P2 in black.



2015

2015 issue

Types 296 to 319, approximately 28x36mm, designed by ? and printed locally on a 75cm wide roll of labels on an imperforate backing sheet, cancelled with type P1 in black. Souvenir covers were produced with a selection of stamps, cancelled with type P2 in black.



2016

2016 issue

Types 320 to 343, approximately 28x36mm, designed by ? and printed locally on a 75cm wide roll of labels on an imperforate backing sheet, cancelled with type P1 in black. Souvenir covers were produced with a selection of stamps, cancelled with type P2 in black.



2017

2017 issue

Types 344 to 367, approximately 28x36mm, designed by ? and printed locally on a 75cm wide roll of labels on an imperforate backing sheet, cancelled with type P1 in black. Souvenir covers were produced with a selection of stamps, cancelled with type P2 in black.



Cancellations

cancellation

Type P1 (black). Used in 2005/2006 & 2008 onwards.


cancellation

Type P1 (silver). Used in 2007 for 25th year of the Post.


cancellation

Type P2 (black). Used in 2009 for Guiding Centenary and subsequent year's souvenir covers.



Statistics

Year 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
Start None None . . . . . . . .
Charge None None . . . . . . . .
Year 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Start . . . . . . . . . .
Charge . . . . . . . . . .
Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Start . . . . . . . . Nov 27 .
Charge . . . . . . 20p 20p 20p 20p
Year 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Start . . . . . . . . . .
Charge 20p 25p 25p 25p 25p 25p 25p . . .

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