Sheffield
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 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". These issues can be seen here.

The Sheffield Scout Post ceased to operate after 2000 due to the closure of some Groups and the withdrawal of participation by others that reduced the level of support below that deemed necessary to provide a satisfactory service.

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

1990 (November 29th))

1990 issue

Type 1, ?x?mm, designed by Andy Evans, printed by Henry Boot Design & Print Ltd, Chesterfield in sheets of ? (? rows of ?), line rouletted about 10. First day covers were produced on special locally designed envelopes.


1990 issue

On part of the print run the brown and blue colours were omitted.


1990 issue

On part of the print run the brown and blue colours were shifted to the right.



1991 (November 29th))

1991 issue

Types 2 to 6, ?x?mm, designed by Barbara Mitchell, printed by Henry Boot Design & Print Ltd, Chesterfield in sheets of ? (? rows of ?), line rouletted about 10 First day covers were produced on special locally designed envelopes..



1992 (November 26th))

1992 issue

Types 7 to 11, ?x?mm, designed by Barbara Mitchell, printed by Smith Colour Printers, Bradford in sheets of ? (? rows of ?), line rouletted about 10. First day covers were produced on special locally designed envelopes.



1993 (November 25th))

1993 issue

Types 12 to 16, ?x?mm, designed by Barbara Mitchell, printed by Smith Colour Printers, Bradford in sheets of ? (? rows of ?), line rouletted about 10. For the first time Christmas Cards reproducing the stamps designs were introduced and sold for 2.50 for a pack of 10 cards and envelopes. "Maximum" cards were produced by franking the stamps attached to the cards. See here for details. These were not considered to be a success and the experiment was not repeated in subsequent years. First day covers were produced on special locally designed envelopes.



1994 (November 24th))

1994 issue

Types 17 to 21, ?x?mm, designed by Barbara Mitchell, printed by Smith Colour Printers, Bradford in sheets of ? (? rows of ?), line rouletted about 10. First day covers were produced on special locally designed envelopes.



1995 (November 25th))

1995 issue

Types 22 to 26, ?x?mm, designed by Barbara Mitchell, printed by Smith Colour Printers, Bradford in sheets of ? (? rows of ?), line rouletted about 10. First day covers were produced on special locally designed envelopes.



1996 (November 28th))

1996 issue

Types 27 to 31, ?x?mm, designed by Barbara Mitchell, printed by Smith Colour Printers, Bradford in sheets of ? (? rows of ?), line rouletted about 10. First day covers were produced on special locally designed envelopes.



1997 (November 28th))

1997 issue

Types 32 to 36, ?x?mm, designed by Barbara Mitchell, printed by Smith Colour Printers, Bradford in sheets of ? (? rows of ?), line rouletted about 10. First day covers were produced on special locally designed envelopes.



1998 (November 26th))

1998 issue

Types 37 to 41, ?x?mm, designed by Owen Driscoll, printed by Bakes & Lord, Bradford in sheets of 50 (5 rows of 10), line rouletted about 10. First day covers were produced on special locally designed envelopes.



1999 (November 24th))

1999 issue

Types 42 to 46, ?x?mm, designed by Sharron Briggs, printed by Bakes & Lord, Bradford in sheets of 50 (5 rows of 10), line rouletted about 10. First day covers were produced on special locally designed envelopes.



2000 (November 23rd))

2000 issue

Types 32 to 36, ?x?mm, designed by Tony & Kirsty Jenkins, printed by Bakes & Lord, Bradford in sheets of 50 (5 rows of 10), line rouletted about 10. First day covers were produced on special locally designed envelopes.



Cancellations

Several participating units used their own cancels for mail as it passed through their hands.

St. John's cancel

Type P1.


 

Greenhill cancel

Type P2.


 

Dronfield cancel

Type P3.


 

4th Dronfield cancel

Type P4.


 

Stanninston cancel

Type P5.


 

St. Cuthbert's cancel

Type P6.


 

Stockbridge cancel

Type P7.


 

Dronfield cancel

Type P8.


 

Dore cancel

Type P9.


 

280th cancel

Type P10.


 

St. Chad's cancel

Type P11.


 

1990 FDC cancel 1991 FDC cancel 1992 FDC cancel 1993 FDC cancel 1994 FDC cancel

Types P12 to P22 - special cancels used only on FDCs and specific to each year.


1995 FDC cancel 1996 FDC cancel 1997 FDC cancel 1998 FDC cancel 1999 FDC cancel 2000 FDC cancel

 

Ecclesfield cancel

Type P23.


 

Richmond cancel

Type P24.


 

Loxley cancel

Type P25.


 

4th & 8th Dronfield cancel

Type P26.


 

4th Dronfield cancel

Type P27.


 

82nd Chapeltown cancel

Type P28.


 

231st Shiregreen cancel

Type P29.


 

Bradway cancel

Type P30.


 

25th Sheffield cancel

Type P31.


 

3rd Holmesfield cancel

Type P32.


 

299th Greenhill Methodist cancel

Type P33.


 

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


Statistics

Year 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
Start None None None None None None None None None Nov 29
Charity None None None None None None None None None 8,000
Year 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Start Nov 29 Nov 26 Nov 25 Nov 24 Nov 25 Nov 28 Nov 28 Nov 26 Nov 24 Nov 23
Charity 10,000 9,000 9,400 . . . . . . .

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This page last amended 11th April 2021
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