Rotherham
South Yorkshire, England

Operated by Scout Groups in the Rotherham area. Closed in 2000. Other charities were also associated with this post (e.g. The Samaritans, The Sea Cadet Corps Unit 287). In 1993 set up an official exchange with Mexborough & Conisbrough Scouts. In 1995 expanded into parts of Barnsley via the posts operated by Thurnscoe, Bolton-on-Dearne and Goldthorpe.

The Rotherham Scout Districts are part of the Scout County of South Yorkshire.

15th Rotherham

A forerunner service to the full district-wide operation was organised by the 15th Rotherham Scout Group in 1981, serving the Kimberworth area only. It was a small scale operation with only seven days planning. Collection boxes were set up in six shops and the public were asked to place their card and 5p in the box. Over 700 cards were delivered. They were cancelled with the cachet shown below.

Cachets

1981

1981 cachet

Type C1.



Rotherham District

1982

1982 issue

Type 1, 26x38mm, designed by I. Jordan (Scout leader) and printed by Eastwood Press, Rotherham in sheets of 30 (5 rows of 6) rouletted about 9. A first day cover was produced on special locally designed envelopes.



1983

1983 issue inverted 1983 issue

Types 2 and 3, 26x38mm, 1982 issue overprinted by Eastwood Press, Rotherham in sheets of 30 (5 rows of 6) rouletted about 9. Some sheets were overprinted upside down. A first day cover was produced on special locally designed envelopes.



1984

1984 issue

Type 4, 26x38mm, designed by I. Jordan (Scout leader) and printed by Eastwood Press, Rotherham in sheets of 30 (5 rows of 6) rouletted about 9. As 1982 issue but with considerably coarser perforation.



1985

1985 issue

Type 5, 26x38mm, designed by I. Jordan (Scout leader) and printed by Horner Bros., Rotherham in sheets of 30 (5 rows of 6) rouletted mixture of about 5 horizontally and 9 vertically.



1986

1986 issue

Type 6, 26x38mm, designed by I. Jordan (Scout leader) and printed by Horner Bros., Rotherham in sheets of 30 (5 rows of 6) rouletted about 9.



1987

1987 issue

Type 7, 26x38mm, designed by I. Jordan (Scout leader) and printed by Horner Bros., Rotherham in sheets of 30 (5 rows of 6) rouletted mixture of about 5 horizontally and 9 vertically.



1988

1988 issue

Type 8, 26x38mm, designed by I. Jordan (Scout leader) and printed by Horner Bros., Rotherham in sheets of 30 (5 rows of 6) rouletted mixture of about 5 horizontally and 9 vertically.



1989

1989 issue

Type 9, 26x38mm, designed by I. Jordan (Scout leader) and printed by Horner Bros., Rotherham in sheets of 30 (5 rows of 6) rouletted mixture of about 5 horizontally and 9 vertically.



1990

1990 issue

Type 10, 26x38mm, designed by I. Jordan (Scout leader) and printed by Horner Bros., Rotherham in sheets of 30 (5 rows of 6) rouletted mixture of about 5 horizontally and 9 vertically.



1991

1991 issue 1991 dry print issue

Types 11 and 12, 25x35mm/35x25mm, designed by David Wain (40th Rotherham) & Richard Pease (32nd Rotherham) respectively. Printed by Brokers, Classic Business Firms in sheets of ? rouletted about 9.

The red ink ran dry and a few examples of missing (or almost missing) red can be found as shown on the right.



1992

1992 issue 1992 issue

Types 13 and 14, 25x30mm/30x25mm, designed by Adam Ridge & Denise Tompkin and printed by POC Print Ltd. in sheets of 60 (6 rows of 10) rouletted about 7. A first day cover was produced on special locally designed envelopes.



1993

1993 issue

Type 15, 40x30mm, designed by Joseph Brown and printed by Dunkan Walker in sheets of POC Print Ltd. rouletted about 5. A first day cover was produced on special locally designed envelopes.



1994

1994 issue 1994 issue 1994 issue

Types 16 to 18, 52x37mm, designed by Geraldine Outhwaite and printed by POC Print Ltd. in sheets of 25 (5 rows of 5) rouletted about 7. A first day cover was produced on special locally designed envelopes.



1995

1995 issue 1995 issue 1995 issue

Types 19 to 21, 30x40mm, designed by Mrs. Marion Nicklin of Whiston and printed by POC Print Ltd. in sheets of ? rouletted about 7. A first day cover was produced on special locally designed envelopes. 1p from every stamp sold was donated to Rotherham Community Transport's "Shopmobility" scheme.p>


1996

1996 issue
1996 issue

Types 22 to 25, 30x40mm, designed by ? and printed by ? in sheets of 36 (9 rows of 4) rouletted about 7. A red & blue colour shift affected some sheets as can be seen in the lower illustration. A first day cover was produced on special locally designed envelopes.



1997

1997 issue

Types 26 to 28, 40x30mm, designed by ? and printed by ? in sheets of 42 (7 rows of 6) rouletted about 7. A red & blue colour shift affected some sheets. A first day cover was produced on special locally designed envelopes.



1998

1998 issue

Types 29 to 31, 40x30mm, designed by ? and printed by ? in sheets of 42 (7 rows of 6) rouletted about 7. A red & blue colour shift affected some sheets. First day covers were produced on special locally designed envelopes. An undated souvenir cover was also produced on plain white envelopes.



1999

1999 issue

Types 32 to 34, 40x30mm, designed by Reynard Brothers (39th Rotherham) "Santa", Danny Smith (25th Rotherham) "Snowman" & Christopher Clark (25th Rotherham) "Crackers". Printed by ? in sheets of 42 (7 rows of 6) rouletted about 7. A first day cover was produced on special locally designed envelopes.



Cancellations

Rotherham Cancel Rotherham Cancel Rotherham Cancel Rotherham Cancel

Types P1 to P4, these were used in various colours for many years (especially but not exclusively the first 10 years) and showed a progressive decline in the clarity of the cancel.


Rotherham Cancel Rotherham Cancel Rotherham Cancel Rotherham Cancel

Types P5 to P8, these were used in various colours for many years (mainly in the last 9 years).


Sea Cadet Corps Cancel 30th Rotherham Cancel

Types P9 to P10, these were used by participating groups in 1996 & 1982 respectively. Mainly used as cachets alongside normal postmarks.


Samaritans Cachet 15th Rotherham Scouts Cachet Thurcroft Scouts Cachet Thurcroft Scouts Cachet
Whiston Scouts Cachet Anston Scouts Cachet Woodseats Scouts Cachet
Whiston Scouts Cachet Rawmarsh Scouts Cachet St James Anston Scouts Cachet South Anston Scouts Cachet

Types C1 to C11, these were used by delivering groups.

Post Office Cachet

Type C12, applied by the Post Office to cards put in red letter boxes.



Statistics

Year 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
Start . Nov 25 Nov 25 Nov 25 Nov 25 Nov 25 Nov 25 Nov 25 Nov 25 Nov 25
Printed None 160,000 . . 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 . .
Carried 700+ 40,000 . 55,000 50,000 . 80,000 90,000 130,000 130,000
Year 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Start Nov 25 Nov 25 Nov 25 Nov 25 Nov 25 Nov 25 Nov 25 Nov 25 Nov 25 None
Printed 200,000 210,000 250,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 . . . None
Carried 132,083 117,320 118,333 99,086 101,495 . . . . None

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