Sheffield (Woodseats)
South Yorkshire, England

The Sheffield area has seen the growth of what was probably one of the largest Charity run Christmas Posts in the UK. From small beginnings in 1981 (Sheffield & Dronfield only) it has grown to an operation that sells almost one million stamps a year and covers an immense geographical area. For some years it has also exchanged mail with the Chesterfield Scout Post, itself a large operation and via that post also with Barlborough & Spinkhill Post (prior to 2000) which occupies a small area between the Sheffield & Chesterfield delivery areas.

For the first nine years of the Scout Post stamps were not inscribed with the area name, only with the name of the original organising unit "Woodseats Venture Unit". From 1990 onwards The name "Sheffield" was used and these issues can be seen here.

The various Sheffield Districts are part of the Scout County of South Yorkshire.

1981 (December 9th)

1981 issue

Type 1, ?x?mm, designed & printed by P J Stevenson, in sheets of 48 (8 rows of 6 ), perforated about 11. First day covers were produced on special locally designed envelopes.



1982 (November 25th))

1982 issue

Types 2 to 6, 38x32mm, designed & printed by P J Stevenson, perforated about 11. Sheets contain 8 rows of the 5 designs. Covers accidentally posted in Royal Mail boxes received the cachet X1 in purple and were returned to the Sheffield Scout Postal service for delivery. First day covers were produced on special locally designed envelopes.



1983 (December 2nd))

1983 issue

Types 7 to 11, ?x?mm, designed & printed by P J Stevenson, pin-perforated about 11. Sheets contain 8 rows of the 5 designs, offset so that both horizontal & vertical se tenant sets are available. The buildings shown all have postal history connections. Two adjacent stamps in the bottom row of each sheet show a different small flaw affecting two letters. First day covers were produced on special locally designed envelopes.



1984 (November 29th))

1984 issue

Types 12 to 17, ?x?mm, designed & printed by P J Stevenson, pin-perforated about 11. Sheets contain 8 rows of 5 stamps, offset so that vertically se tenant sets of 6 are available. The photographs of the Chief Scouts were supplied by the publicity department at Scout HQ. First day covers were produced on special locally designed envelopes. An insert card gave potted biographies of the six Chief Scouts.



1985 (November 29th))

1985 issue

Types 18 to 22, ?x?mm, designed by Barbara Mitchell-Kirk, printed by Henry Boot Design & Print Ltd, Chesterfield, line rouletted about 10. Sheets of 25 (5 rows of 5) with each row and column containing a complete set. First day covers were produced on special locally designed envelopes. A limited number were signed by the artist.



1986 (November 28th))

1986 issue

Types 23 to 27, 30x40mm, designed by Barbara Mitchell-Kirk, printed by Henry Boot Design & Print Ltd, Chesterfield, line rouletted about 10. Sheets of 25 (5 rows of 5) with each row and column containing a complete set. First day covers were produced on special locally designed envelopes. A limited number were signed by the artist.



1987 (November 27th))

1987 issue

Types 28 to 32, 30x40mm, designed by Barbara Mitchell-Kirk, printed by Henry Boot Design & Print Ltd, Chesterfield, line rouletted about 10. Sheets of 25 (5 rows of 5) with each row and column containing a complete set. First day covers were produced on special locally designed envelopes. A limited number were signed by the artist.


1987 issue

A severe vertical colour shift affected part of the print run.


1987 issue

The magenta colour was omitted in part of the print run.



1988 (November 29th))

1988 issue

Types 33 to 37, 30x40mm, designed by Barbara Mitchell-Kirk, printed by Henry Boot Design & Print Ltd, Chesterfield, line rouletted about 10. Sheets of 25 (5 rows of 5) with each row and column containing a complete set. First day covers were produced on special locally designed envelopes.


1988 issue

A severe vertical colour shift affected part of the print run.


1987 issue

Several colours were omitted in part of the print run.



1989 (November 30th))

1989 issue

Types 38 to 42, 30x40mm, designed by Barbara Mitchell-Kirk, printed by Henry Boot Design & Print Ltd, Chesterfield, line rouletted about 10. Sheets of 25 (5 rows of 5) with each row and column containing a complete set. First day covers were produced on special locally designed envelopes.



Cancellations

1981 cancel

Type P1 - used in 1981 on FDCs and ordinary post.


 

1982 FDC cancel 1983 FDC cancel 1984 FDC cancel 1985 FDC cancel

Types P2 to P9 - special cancels used only on FDCs and specific to each year.


1986 FDC cancel 1987 FDC cancel 1988 FDC cancel 1989 FDC cancel

 

1982 cancel

Type P10 - used in 1982 ordinary post.


 

A selection of Unit-specific cancellations can be seen at the end of the Sheffield page here.

A range of undated "number in circle" cancellations were used for general mail - examples of those seen by the compiler can be seen here.

post office cancel

Type X1 - used occasionally when the Post Office returned wrongly posted cards to the Woodseats post.


 


Statistics

Year 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
Start Dec 9 Nov 25 Dec 2 Nov 29 Nov 29 Nov 28 Nov 27 Nov 29 Nov 30 None
Printed 60,000 400,000 . 1,000,000 1,000,000 . . . . None
Carried 11,500 184,000 323,000 509,000 544,000 625,000 784,551 821,000 940,000 None

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This page last amended 14th March 2022
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