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H e l l o !! great britain stampWe try to be the web's number 1 resource for up-to-date news about new stamps of Great Britain, as well as all the new postmarks, many of them pictorial and of interest to thematic or topical collectors.

The cost of each individual stamp set has risen from £5 or less five years ago to at least £10 a set now.  And restructuring of international airmail rates meant £14-worth of new definitives for the new postage rates.  There are at least 14 special issues, including some timed to coincide with both Stampex events and Europhilex, or London 2015. There are also four Post and Go issues this year.  There may not be a Europa issue.

As it is much quicker for us to write a blog entry than to update a website, our very latest news will usually be on our blog. The last 4 blog entries are summarised in the column to the right.

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COPYRIGHT This website is copyright Norvic Philatelics; please ask for permission before using this material. All pictures of new stamps and other Royal Mail products are copyrighted by Royal Mail and are reproduced here with their kind permission. 
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If you need anything for your collection which isn't shown here - please ask, we may have it. Our new webshop has stamps, fdcs, postal stationery, world postal history, maximum cards, picture postcards, AND integrated shipping and payment facilities.

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Our other site is devoted to the stamps and postal history of the countries of the Former Soviet Union in the 1990s. This is a fascinating area of modern postal history and we hope to find time away from GB new issues to develop this site to show material from Ukraine, Russia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Lithuania etc, as well as Belarus which is already shown.  You can see it here.


Great Britain Postage due stamps 1994.WANTED! 1994 Postage Due/To Pay stamps

For my personal collection I am  interested in buying examples of the 1994 issue 'To Pay' stamps properly used on cover or parcel piece.
The values issued are 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 25p, £1, £1.20 & £5, all in the same design.
Please email.




NORFOLK STAMP FAIRS

The next Norfolk & Norwich Philatelic Society STAMP & POSTCARD FAIR 1st August 2015 Details are here

Regular Norwich Stamp Fair Sundays every other month from
  January to November 2015 Click here for details
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Regular King's Lynn Stamp Fair Saturdays every other month - dates for 2015 added  Click here for details


Battle of Britain 1st class stamp.UPDATE 12 July 2015

There have been no new postmarks announced for the Battle of Britain miniature sheet. Special postmarks have been added to the Bees of Britain page, and to the page for
Miscellaneous short-term postmarks

UPDATE 2 July 2015

A new page with details and illustrations of the Bees of Britain stamps, miniature sheet and retail booklet has now been added. 

The pages showing Permanent postmarks and Miscellaneous short-term postmarks have been updated.

The calendar of stamp issues has been amended to remove the Commemorative Sheet listed for 24 June.  Another has been scheduled for 20 August, marking 200 years service by the Gurkhas.

 

 


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Pages for GB Stamp Issues.

Great Britain Stamps - issue programme for 2015


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         Gallipoli stamp for WWI Centenary.  Detail from Battle of Waterloo stamp. Battle of Britain stamp.

6 January

Alice in Wonderland     Buy in our shop
20 January New Greetings/Smilers in MS,  retail booklet & generic sheet
18 February Post and Go Faststamps Working Sail
19 February Inventive Britain set and PSB 
5 March British Bridges 
18 March Commemorative Sheet - The Post Office Rifles, World War1 Centenary  [Error of date corrected]
24 March New Machin and Country definitives for changed postage rates  
1 April Comedy Greats set and retail booklet
17-18 April Post and Go machines at 86th Scottish Congress, Perth 
24 April Commemorative sheet: Anthony Trollope Bicentenary 
6 May 175th Anniversary of the Penny Black (MS), including retail booklet, press sheet, generic sheet, medal cover 
7-9 May Post and Go machines at Essen International Stamp Fair
13 May Post and Go Faststamps - Heraldic Beasts (Europhilex) 
13 May Europhilex London 2015 Exhibition sheet with Hello stamp.
13 May Europhilex miniature sheet - Additional inscription on Penny Black sheet
14 May First World War Centenary (Europhilex) 
2 June Magna Carta 800th Anniversary 
18 June Battle of Waterloo Bicentenary 
4 July Post and Go machines at Midpex, Warwickshire Exhibition Centre
16 July Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary  Icon - new.
14-19 August Post and Go machines at Singpex, Singapore
18 August Bees set and miniature sheet, and retail booklet Icon - new.
20 August Commemorative Sheet: The Gurkhas - Commemorating 200 years of service. Icon - new.
16 September Post and Go Faststamps - Sea Travel (Stampex)
16 September Commemorative Sheet
17 September Rugby World Cup set (Stampex)
? October (subject to be confirmed)
29-31 October Post and Go machines at Sindelfingen, Germany
4 November Christmas
6-9 November Post and Go machines at Paris, France
14 November Lunar New Year of the Monkey - Generic Sheet 
16 November Post and Go Faststamps - Winter Fur and Feathers (1st and 2nd class)

Battle of Britain postmark.Postmark showing logo of the BPMA.Great Britain Special Pictorial Postmarks not associated with new stamp issues

Permanent special and pictorial postmarks
26 June 2015

Other special postmarks
12 July 2015


ARTICLES

Advertisements in definitive booklets

booklet of 6 1st class definitive stamps with advertisement inside front coverThe March 2005 publicity leaflet for the Magic Circle stamps included a footnote about a new booklet of 6 x 1st class stamps which included, on the previously blank inside front cover, an advertisement for Royal Mail's Smilers service. The stamps were available in supermarkets and other retail outlets (but not necessarily from post offices) from early January. This booklet was, according to the Philatelic Bureau's official announcement, scheduled to have its philatelic release on 15 March. We now understand that, contrary to the published information, they made the booklets available from 27 January; three sponsored postmarks were available for this revised first date of philatelic availability*. As actual availability may have been 2-3 weeks before that date and due to the confusion over the actual release date we did not produce any first day covers for these booklets either with 27 January date, or 15 March. There is no change to the stamps, only the booklet cover. *These postmarks can be seen here.

UPDATE: A new Advertising booklet was issued on 26 July 2005. This promotes the (large) 'LOVE' stamp on the inside cover.
advertisement on inside cover of stamp booklet issued 2 October 2006.The third such booklet was the one containing definitive-sized greeting stamps issued on 4 October 2005.

postmark depicting Windsor Castle.postmark depicting Sandringham House.postmark depicting Buckingham Palace.Three special postmarks were available for FDCs of this booklet or stamps from it. NEW BOOKLET 2 October 2006.
This new booklet of 6 x 1st class stamps is described by Royal Mail as a 'stamp media book'. It is identical with any other 1st class book and contains PIP definitives, but with an advertisement promoting stamp collecting. It is sold through the Post Office network but also through other retail outlets, notably major supermarkets. We have no first day cover of this booklet in stock.

Smartstamps launched - 15 January 2004

1st class Smartstamp in EnglishRoyal Mail launched the 'Smartstamp' - a stamp which can be printed from personal computers in homes and businesses throughout the country. Read more about the system and see examples here.


Fee-free online postage launched 19 September 2006

Royal Mail launched a new online postage facility today which, unlike Smartstamps, has no monthly or annual facility fee and, unlike Smartstamps, is not restricted to people who use Internet Explorer as their browser. It even runs on Apple Mac systems, and with Mozilla Firefox.
The 'stamp' impression is the same as for the latest Smartstamps version. Behind the address the service is printed in microprint. You can see a sample cover here - click Back to get back to this page.

Christmas postal delivery by Scouts

1982 Sheffield Scout Stamp showing BPAlthough Royal Mail had a monopoly on the delivery of mail, since 1981 charity groups, principally Scouts, Guides and Church Groups have been permitted to arrange the collection and distribution of greetings cards each year for a limited period before Christmas.
See a selection of Scout Christmas Post Stamps here.

Special Delivery postage paid labelRoyal Mail Postage Labels

Click here to read more about this new phase of modern postal history. Updated 22 September 2003 with labels in new typeface and layout.  

In 2009, labels with the Machin head were used for Special Delivery items at just one post office in London. See Machin Horizon Label page. (In need of updating - see blog meanwhile.)

News about Great Britain new stamps and postmarks with links to this site will be announced on
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