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21 April 2020

Emergency Mail Service Stamp Issued

On 23 April, 2020, the CILP will officially issue an 'Emergency Mail Service' stamp.  

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 crises and its impact on UK Royal Mail services, the CILP decided it should schedule additional services for Canvey Island. These deliveries will be made within the restrictions of the UK government's social distancing guidance. Deliveries will be made by bicycle and on foot during permitted daily exercise periods.

The 'Emergency Mail Service' stamp (CLP010716S) was originally designed and printed in July 2016 in preparation for use during postal service disruption or civil emergency. Only 90 copies have been printed and of these only 79 remain for postal use and sale to collectors. Only 10 copies of this stamp have been previously made available to collectors as a 'Specimen' overprint in November 2016 (CLP181116S).


CLP010716S

Stamps will be available on eBay UK and from our agent Alpha Stamps on eBid UK.
Mainland and international mail originating from the CILP or Alpha Stamps, will also bear the stamp until stocks are exhausted.

Keep safe, keep well, support the NHS! 

Postmaster
CILP

13 November 2018

Coat of Arms Stamps Confirmed for 2019

The CILP will be releasing a set of three definitive stamps in the Spring of 2019.

The stamps all bear the original Arms of Canvey Island and have been received back from our printers.

There is a 'Standard Rate' or foot mail stamp, an 'EXPRESS' or cycle mail stamp, and an 'OFFICIAL' postmaster mail version. 

Images of the new stamps will be published in the New Year once an issue date has been decided.

CILP
Postmaster 

3 October 2018

400th Anniversary Dutch Cottage Overprint Stamp

The first CILP stamp was issued in November 2010 and featured the historic Dutch Cottage on Canvey Island. Built in 1618, the cottage celebrates its 400th Anniversary this month.

The event almost passed CILP by and I have to admit I took my eye off the ball and forgot all about it! But I could not let the occasion pass by without celebrating the birthday in some way.

© Canveypost.org

As I do not have a dedicated stamp prepared for the occasion, I have overprinted 25 copies of the original 2010 Dutch Cottage stamp with 1618 and 2018 in red ink. 

Crude as the overprint is, the stamp will be available for direct sale to collectors from Alpha Thematics from 4 October, and also used by the Postmaster on official CILP mail until stock is exhausted.


CILP Postmaster

3 September 2018

Have You Got Your RAF Centenary Stamp?

Have You Got Yours?

On 1st April 2018, we released a very limited overprint of our 2010 RAF Hurricane stamp to celebrate the centenary of the formation of the Royal Air Force.

Only 22 copies of the 2010 'Salute to the Few' Hurricane issue were overprinted in red 'RAF 1918-2018', and sold through Alpha Thematics on eBid UK.

Some of our regular collectors only buy outstanding CILP issues once or twice a year. If you still have a gap in your collection where the RAF Centenary overprint should be, get yours quickly!

© Canveypost.org - RAF Centenary Hurricane Overprint
© canveypost.org


Low Stock and High Demand

CILP stock of this stamp is now below 6 copies and Alpha Thematics have been forced to restrict sales to one stamp per transaction and modestly increase its price to better reflect the market for this item. This is to ensure a fair distribution to our regular collectors and to reduce the speculation of at least two multiple buyers of this and other issues recently.

Record Price on eBay Italy

On 27 August 2018, an auction of an RAF Centenary overprint on eBay Italy, was sold for the silly price of £20.99 (23.45 euros). This is a record price as far as we know and there were no shortage of bids for the item!

If only the buyer and bidders had searched the Internet for CILP, the buyer could have saved themselves a fortune and bidders could have got an inexpensive copy for their collection!

Value for Money

We are not against others making money from our products, but we are not in the game of maximising profit at the expense of our hard won collectors. 

CILP produces faux postage at a sensible price that meets our production expenses. This enables us to continue to produce varied and interesting cinderella stamps and help support this website. 

We appreciate our regular and occasional collectors and look forward to serving you all for a long time to come!

Don't hang about, get over to Alpha Thematics and get your copy today!

28 August 2018

Last of the Summer: Update

Goodbye Summer


There is a hint of autumn in the air and the nights are drawing-in fast. The garden has passed its glory and the swallows have already migrated back to Africa. All signs of a hard winter to come? 
Swallows by AdinaVoicu - pixabay.com


But with the last of the summer wine and coming of dark nights, the time for stamp collections will be with us again - and boy do my collections need some work!


Postmaster's Update


The summer months are usually quiet in relation to stamp sales. There is still the odd collector sitting at his computer buying the odd stamp or two to fill gaps in their collection,  but nothing to get excited about. 

But in the past week something curious has happened. I've had multiple large orders for CILP stamps. Some have been from collectors I recognise, but satisfyingly most are new names and I'm all the grateful for that.

Not only does it make my efforts worthwhile, the revenue has provided enough resources to put the next stamp designs into production.

Planned Stamp Issues


I have three stamp designs in their final draft stages. I had planned to have at least one of them 'on the street' by now, but time and tide waits for no man...etc. Normal life sometimes has to take priority! Here are the three designs planned for release in November:

National Health Service 70th Anniversary 1948

Having missed the official anniversary date of this fine and invaluable national institution, it is currently planned to include this stamp release with the two other national event stamps mentioned below.

Women's Suffrage Centenary 1918

The story of women's suffrage in the United Kingdom is an inspiring yet shameful episode in Britain's history. 

The courage and determination of many unsung women who campaigned for the right to vote is an inspiring story, and one young women should not forget when they decide not to vote today. 

Shameful in the establishment's contempt, violence and torture brought down upon women (and men supporters) of  the Suffragette and Suffragist movements. 

First World War Armistice Centenary 1918

The slaughter came to an end in November 1918, at least in western Europe, but the dying and suffering continued. 

Not only the suffering of those men who struggled with their mental health for the rest of their lives, but also the physical hurt that many had to bear. And let us not forget the families everywhere who struggled to understand.

New(ish) Domain Name


From 28 August 2018, Canvey Island Local Post will again be found on the Internet under our old domain name www.canveypost.org.

There will be no need to change your computer bookmarks as you will be redirected to our new domain automatically - clever isn't it?

Until next time, happy collecting!

6 February 2018

New Issue: QEII Life & Service

To commemorate HM Queen Elizabeth II accession to the throne on 6 February 1952, and to recognise The Queen's dedication to the service of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth, the CILP has issued a set of five se-tenant stamps on 6 February 2018.



CLP060218-5
© CILP 2018

Entitled, "Queen Elizabeth II - Life & Service", the stamps show four portraits from HM The Queen's life from 1928 to 2013. A fifth stamp bears her Armorial Banner, often referred to as the Royal Standard. Across the base of the stamps is a quote from HM The Queen's accession oath; "The things which I have here before promised, I will perform and keep."

Only 84 sets have been produced as a se-tenant strip with full perforations and gum. Each stamp measures approximately 31x31mm. A very limited edition of First Day Covers and FDI postcards have been produced (due to technical and aesthetic reasons the se-tenant strip has been broken to accommodate hand applied FDI cancellations). 


This issue (subject to availability) can be obtained from Alpha Thematics on eBid UK

27 November 2017

Happy Puddingmas Penguins!

On the 27th November the CILP released its first dedicated Christmas themed stamp. We have secured the use of an original cartoon, "Happy Puddingmas Penguins" by cartoonist Paul Munro, for our stamp.

CLP271117
© Munro/CILP 2017

The design shows four penguins all looking forward to their Christmas pudding. However,  one greedy fat penguin has beaten them to it! This cartoon is featured on Paul Munro's personal Xmas cards for 2017 and he has kindly allowed CILP royalty free use of the design

Only 75 stamps have been produced in horizontal format with full perforations and gum, each stamp measuring 44x25mm. No covers or FDI postcards have been produced for this stamp release.

This issue (subject to availability) can be obtained from Alpha Thematics on eBid UK

23 October 2017

Famous Public Houses Stamp Set

Canvey Island Local Post (CILP) released it's Famous Public Houses stamp issue on the 23rd October, 2017. It is a four horizontal stamp set featuring Canvey Island 'pubs' that have played a defining role in community life for many decades and in one case, centuries.

The 'pubs' featured in a stylised pencil sketch style are; the Haystack, the Admiral Jellicoe, the King Canute (prior to the 1953 flood known as the Red Cow), and the Lobster Smack. The latter was used by Charles Dickens as the Ship Inn in his 1861 novel Great Expectations. All the other pubs have their own stories and history, both good and bad. 

 CLP231017-4
© 2017 CILP

With the imminent demolition and re-development of the Admiral Jellicoe and the closure of the King Canute (formerly Red Cow), it is poignant and timely that the CILP should release this long planned stamp set now.

CLPFDC12
© 2017 CILP

Unfortunately, it was necessary to omit equally famous or well known pubs and drinking clubs from this issue, such as the old Oysterfleet, the Canvey Club (featured on a vinyl LP cover by R&B band Dr Feelgood), and younger establishments such as the Windjammer of the 1980s, and the Silver Jubilee from 1977. We hope to include these in a future stamp issue.

A total of 45 sets and six First Day Covers have been produced. Stamps and covers (subject to availability) available from Alpha Thematics on eBid UK

4 September 2017

Empire Flying-Boat Airmail 'Seaplane' Stamp

Canvey Island Local Post (CILP) released 4th September, 2017. It is CILP's first Air Mail stamp and is in response to increasing interest from overseas in CILP stamps and First Day Covers.

 CLP040917S
Seaplane Priority Air Mail Stamp
© 2017 CILP

The design features the Imperial Airways 'Empire' Flying-Boat, "Calypso", with piggy-back S-20 mail carrier Seaplane from an original vintage postcard c.1938. It is a horizontal gummed and perforated non-value indicated (NVI) stamp, bearing the legends 'Priority' in English and French and the traditional 'A' for airmail.


The original postcard image was a generic illustration used on the front of a multi-view fold-out postcard, on which  seaside towns had their name printed on the top with a short message for tourists. The original postcard has the message, "Flying High with Views of Canvey Island".


CLPFDC11
© 2017 CILP
   
The stamp will be affixed to all overseas mail for twelve months from issue (subject to stock availability). A total of 150 stamps and four First Day Covers have been produced. Stamps and covers (subject to availability) available from Alpha Thematics on eBid UK

23 August 2017

Endangered Fauna & Flora: Insects

The Endangered Fauna & Flora: Insects issue was released on 21 August, 2017. It is the first in a  proposed series of fauna and flora stamp subjects, all relating to rare species found at a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on Canvey Island.

The Insects issue is a se-tenant stamp strip showing (left to right), the Brown Carder Bee (photo: Steven Falk); Shrill Carder Bee (photo: Ivar Leidus); Emerald Damselfly (photo: Charles J. Sharp); and the Five-banded Weevil Wasp (photo: BWARS).



© 2017 CILP




 © 2017 CILP


Stamps and covers (subject to availability) available from Alpha Thematics on eBid UK.

Postmaster
C.I.L.P.

16 July 2017

New Issues for 2017

Local Post stamp collectors will be pleased to hear of the imminent release of several new single stamps and multiple stamp sets for the second half of 2017.

Final designs have been submitted to our printers and release dates have now been set for August, September, October and November 2017. In total ten new stamps will be released in 2017 within our planned issue programme:


21st August: The first stamp set of 2017 is part of a four set series covering "Endangered Fauna and Flora of Canvey Island", starting with a four stamp featuring Insects to be issued on 21 August, 2017.  Future stamp sets will feature Rare Orchids, Birds and Wildlife.

4th September: Due to increasing interest in CILP stamps from overseas, a vintage postcard scene featuring seaplanes will be released as our first Air Mail 'Priority' stamp. Release date has been set for 4 September, 2017.

23rd October: A four stamp set featuring Famous Public Houses of Canvey Island which  have been been central to island community life, will be released on 14 October, 2017. (The original release date was 14th October but was re-scheduled for technical reasons).

27th November: To round off the postal year, we have secured an original Christmas drawing from cartoonist Paul Munro to adorn an Xmas 2017 reduced rate seasonal stamp. This will be available from 27 November, 2017.


Thank you for your support and please visit us again soon. Happy collecting!

Postmaster
Canvey Island Local Post

18 November 2016

Collector's Glassine Bags

The CILP will be releasing a very limited number of glassine bags containing complete sets of all our stamp issues from 2010-2016, from 18 November 2016.

The bags will include the scarce '1914 B.E.F.' stamp with the black 1916 overprint to commemorate the Battle of the Somme, and an overprinted Specimen of the currently unissued 'Emergency Mail' stamp. The majority of the Collector's Bags will be mainly available from our normal online outlet at Alpha Stamps and a few will be posted for auction on eBay.

In addition, a restricted number of Specimen 'Emergency Mail' stamps will be made available to existing CILP collectors online on eBid* from Alpha Stamps.

Unissued Emergency Mail stamp currently
 only available as an ovpt 'Specimen' 

* UPDATE 16 July 2017: All single Specimen Emergency Stamps have now been sold. 


1 August 2016

Recent Issues April - July 2016



Recent Stamp Issues April to July 2016

The CILP produced three new stamps and one commemorative card during the period April to July 2016. We are pleased to announce that two stamp issues and associated material is now available to collectors.

Due to technical issues the CILP has not released envelope style first day covers to accompany these stamps, only limited edition FDI postcards. We advise collectors not to delay in obtaining items to avoid disappointment due to our limited stock.

All stamps detailed here have been issued fully gummed and perforated. Actual sizes of stamps may differ to images shown.


23rd April: Shakespeare’s Death 400th Anniversary

                                        

The Shakespeare stamp commemorates the 400th anniversary of the death of the bard, probably the greatest and most notable figure in the history of drama literature in the English speaking world. The stamp shows the bard himself against a ‘first folio’ of his collected works. A total of 75 stamps was issued and a limited edition of six ‘first day issue’ postcards.









17th June: HM The Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday




This stamp celebrates the official 90th birthday of HM The Queen, Elizabeth II, the longest reigning English monarch ever. This is an attractive stamp showing a montage of Queen Elizabeth against an antique drawing of Windsor Castle, with “ER” monogram and interlaced dates of her year of birth (1926), age (90) and actual celebration year (2016). A total of 75 stamps was issued and a limited edition of six ‘first day issue’ postcards.






1st July: Battle of the Somme 1916 Commemorative Card



This has been issued to commemorate the centenary of the Second Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916 (Battle of Albert). Undoubtedly, the bloodiest battle ever for the British Army, which tragically led to the deaths of 19,240 British and Commonwealth soldiers (from a total of 57,470 casualties) on the first day alone.

A limited edition of six commemorative cards was issued bearing three CILP ‘B.E.F’ stamps overprinted “1916” (two reverse and one obverse). The original stamp was first issued in 2014. A black circular cachet “Battle Somme 1916” and blue circular date stamp complete the cards.

A limited release of 34 ‘B.E.F.’ stamps overprinted “1916” have been produced for this commemoration. Sixteen mint copies are available for collectors with the other 18 being used on FDI cards.


Unissued: Emergency Mail Service Stamp

The CILP has made provision to expand its mail delivery service on Canvey Island and to the mainland in the event of disruption of normal mail services or for the duration of declared civil emergencies.

A stamp has been produced to cover this eventuality and will be issued as required. This stamp will not be available to collectors until an emergency arises and until then it remains locked away!


*All items obtainable online (subject to availability) from the 'Local Post' page within the  'Cinderella' section at Alpha Thematics 

18 May 2015

175th Anniversary of the "Penny Black"

175th Anniversary of the Pre-paid One Penny Uniform Post

The world’s first postage stamps were the 1d “Penny Black” and 2d “Twopenny Blue” based on a sketch by Henry Corbould showing the head of a young Queen Victoria.  Printing of the stamps in sheets of 240 began in April 1840 and the first official day of use was 6 May 1840.
CILP 'Penny Black' stamp

© 2015 CILP

The Pre-paid Uniform One Penny Post was introduced in the UK on 10 January 1840. It was an immediate success and the volume of mail rose rapidly. Rowland Hill introduced adhesive postage stamps that could be stuck on the front of a letter to show the postage had been paid.  This proved a simple and practical innovation that spread across the world.  Postage stamps remain in use today, 175 years after their first use in Great Britain.
CILP 175th Anniversary of the 'Penny Black' FDC
 © 2015 CILP

The CILP commemorates the “Penny Black” and the Uniform Penny Post with a tribute stamp based on the original design. A total of 288 stamps and twelve FDCs were issued.

Buy Canvey Island Local Post Stamps
 
Canvey Island Local Post Stamps, First Day Covers, Maxi FDI Cards, and Postcards are all issued in limited editions. All CILP philatelic material is obtainable from Alpha Thematics on eBid (subject to availability).

29 April 2015

Chapman Lighthouse Stamp Issue 29 April 2015

Chapman Lighthouse & Yacht Stamp

On 29 April 2015, the Canvey Island Local Post issued a new single stamp showing the Chapman Sands Lighthouse, Yacht and Seagull from a drawing from a period postcard c.1928. The lighthouse was in operation from 1851 to 1957 and was a feature in many postcards throughout that time. The lighthouse was replaced by an automatic bell buoy which was featured on a CILP miniature stamp in December, 2011.

Chapman Lighthouse & Yacht Stamp 29 April 2015

Heritage Series Postcard & Maxi FDI Card

Also released on the 29 April, a new CILP 'Heritage' Series postcard No.4 'Chapman Lighthouse & Yacht' featuring detail from the stamp. Twelve of these postcards were issued as 'Maxi' First Day Issue cards bearing two Chapman Lighthouse stamps.

First Day Cover

A very Limited Edition of twelve First Day Covers have been released bearing a single stamp cancelled by a circular 'First Day Issue' dater handstamp.

Canvey Island Local Post Chapman Lighthouse First Day Cover
Limited Edition: First Day Cover 29 April 2015


Pre-Paid Stationary Envelopes

Additionally, two new pre-paid envelopes bearing a printed stamp version of the Chapman Lighthouse were released. One for domestic Canvey Island delivery and mail intended for onward transit to the UK mainland, and a second 'Air' envelope for international onward mail.

Buy Canvey Island Local Post Stamps

Canvey Island Local Post Stamps, First Day Covers, Maxi FDI Cards, and Postcards are all issued in limited editions. All CILP philatelic material is obtainable from Alpha Thematics on eBid (subject to availability).