Rivenhall
Essex, England

Operated intermittently by 1st Rivenhall Air Scouts. Part of the East Essex Consortium. Serving Rivenhall & occasionally Silver End. Operated in close conjunction with Witham Scouts, on occasions (1983, 1991, 1992 & 1993) using their stamps as well. In 2000 the Apollo VSU served this area and a part of Witham.

1st Rivenhall Air Scouts are part of the East Essex District within the Scout County of Essex.

1st Rivenhall Air Scouts


1984 (8th December) to 1989

1984/9 issue 1984/9 issue

Types 1 and 2, 30x30mm and 30x60mm, printed by M.R.C. Print Ltd, Maldon in sheets of 14 (2 rows, each 5x5p & 2x10p). Line rouletted about 10. A few imperforate copies exist. No FDC in 1984, souvenir covers produced in 1985/6/7 (dated 17Dec1985, 01Dec1986, some erroneously claiming to be FDCs. These stamps reused every year until 1989. 3rd Witham stamps used until own issue delivered in 1984 (post started 1st Dec with Witham stamps, Rivenhall's own stamps issued 8th Dec).



1990

No service by Rivenhall Scouts - deliveries were made by 3rd Witham and Kelvedon & Feering Scouts instead.


1991 - 1993


Witham issues used when local supplies not available. Covers can be found with Witham stamps and Rivenhall postmarks P2 & P3 in black. A few covers have been seen dated 1992 with either 2x5p or 1x10p Rivenhall stamps from 1984.


1994 (26th November)

1994 issue 1994 issue 1994 issue
1994 issue 1994 issue 1994 issue

Types 3 to 8, 30x64mm, printed by letterpress by John Mason, Witham from plates made by Sildie of Maldon, in sheets of six in one vertical column, rouletted margin at top, rouletted about 3 between, other three sides of the sheet imperforate - leading to two perforation options for each stamp - both sides imperf or both sides and bottom edge imperf. During 1994 only, the top stamp in each strip differed from the other five by having the central holly spray rotated through 180. (This error was corrected before the 1995 printing was done.) Booklets were produced, each containing two sheets of 6, (usually different colours) and sold for 1.00. First day covers with all three stamps were produced (but do not carry the exact date, only the year).


booklet cover

Outside cover of the 1994/1995 booklets.


1995

1995 issue 1995 issue 1995 issue

Types 9 to 11, 30x64mm, printed by letterpress by John Mason, Witham from plates made by Sildie of Maldon, in sheets of six in one vertical column, rouletted margin at top, rouletted about 3 between, other three sides of the sheet imperforate - leading to two perforation options for each stamp - both sides imperf or both sides and bottom edge imperf. Booklets were produced, each containing two sheets of 6, (usually different colours) and sold for 1.00, cover design as for 1994. First day covers with all three stamps were produced (but do not carry the exact date, only the year).



1996

1996 issue 1996 issue 1996 issue

Types 12 to 14, 30x64mm, printed by letterpress by John Mason, Witham from plates made by Sildie of Maldon, in sheets of six in one vertical column, rouletted margin at bottom, rouletted about 3 between, other three sides of the sheet imperforate - leading to two perforation options for each stamp - both sides imperf or both sides and top edge imperf. Booklets were produced, each containing two sheets of 6, (usually different colours) and sold for 1.00. First day covers with all three stamps were produced.



1997

1997 issue 1997 issue 1997 issue

Types 15 to 17, 30x64mm, printed by letterpress by John Mason, Witham from plates made by Sildie of Maldon, in sheets of six in one vertical column, rouletted margin at bottom, rouletted about 3 between, other three sides of the sheet imperforate - leading to two perforation options for each stamp - both sides imperf or both sides and top edge imperf. Booklets were produced, each containing two sheets of 6, (usually different colours) and sold for 1.00. Undated Souvenir covers with all three stamps were produced. The alignment of the "10p" against the Group name varies from stamp to stamp.



1997 ?

? issue ? issue ? issue

Types 18 to 20, 30x64mm, printed by letterpress by John Mason, Witham from plates made by Sildie of Maldon, in sheets of six in one vertical column, rouletted margin at bottom, rouletted about 3 between, other three sides of the sheet imperforate - leading to two perforation options for each stamp - both sides imperf or both sides and top edge imperf. The alignment of the "10p" against the Group name varies from stamp to stamp.

The actual date of issue of these three further colour varieties of the 1997 design is unknown at present.



1998 ?

? issue

Type 21, 38x63mm, printed by ? in sheets of 21 (7 rows of 3) on self-adhesive labels with an imperforate backing sheet.

Dating of this issue is not certain either.



Cancellations

used 1984

Type P1, used on ordinary cards in 1984.


used 1985 onwards

Type P2, used on ordinary cards from 1985 onwards.


used 1984 onwards

Type P3, used 1984 onwards with P1 or P2.


used 1984 onwards

Type P4, used on FDCs 1994 onwards.



used 1984 onwards

Type P5.



Statistics

Year 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
Start None None None . . . . . . None
Printed None None None 2,000x5p
800x10p
0 0 0 0 0 None
Carried None None None . 142 200 . . . None
Charge None None None 5p/10p 5p/10p 5p/10p 5p/10p 10p 10p None
Year 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Start 7 Dec 5 Dec 28 Nov 26 Nov . 1 Dec . . . None
Printed 0 0 0 1,278 blue
1,770 purple
2,028 red
1,200 each colour . . . . None
Carried . . . . . . . . . None
Charge 10p 10p 10p 10p 10p 10p 10p . . None

Apollo VSU


2000

2000 issue


Type 1.



Cancellations

2000 issue

Type C1. This cancel has been seen on a cover with an Apollo stamp but was not necessarily applied by them, more likely by the delivering area.



Statistics

Year 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Start None None None None None None None None None .
Printed None None None None None None None None None .
Carried None None None None None None None None None .

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