Christmas Post

Christmas Post


Since 1995 the 1st Kesgrave Scout Group have been delivering Christmas Cards in the Kesgrave area. In 2000 we joined the Ipswich wide service and now deliver around 11,000 out of the 111,000 delivered in total. The service now covers:

  • All of the following Post Code Areas: IP1, IP2, IP3, IP4
  • IP5 including Kesgrave, Rushmere and Martlesham
  • Ipswich Borough and Pinewood area
  • Claydon
  • Barham
  • Bramford
  • Great Blakenham
  • Grundisburgh
  • Playford
  • Great/Little Bealings
  • Westerfield
  • Witnesham
  • Henley
  • Tuddenham
  • Felixstowe
  • Trimley St Mary/ Trimley St Martin
  • Kirton

A full list of streets delivered to can be found here.

We also use a cancellation on all cards collected or delivered in Kesgrave and have created a stamp for cards delivered in Kesgrave. Theoretically only one stamp per house delivered to is used but in practice the scouts often forget this and put stamps on randomly! Details of these cancellations, stamps and how many we delivered can be found below.

For those interested in Scout and Guide Charity Christmas Posts in Great Britain there is a web site devoted to it, created by John Crabbe. It can be found here.

The official Ipswich Scout Post website can be found at:

2018 Collection

Postboxes will be available from 25th November at the usual collection points of Krop & Co (Beech Road), House of Hair (Edmonton Road), The Butchers Penzance Road, the 2nd Stop Charity shop near Tesco, the Orwell Vets surgery and Kesgrave Library.

Postage is 25p per card and you should place all your cards and money in a bag before posting them in our postboxes. Last day for posting is Tuesday 11th December at 5pm. All profits are shared between the scout groups taking part in the ratio of the number of cards collected and delivered.

A full list of collection points across Ipswich Borough, Kesgrave, Rushmere, Martlesham, Claydon, Barham etc can be found on the Ipswich Scout Post website which has a checker to help you identify your nearest collection point.

Some schools and offices also collect cards but are not accessible to the public.

Cards Delivered

Xmas card deliveries in Kesgrave
Year Delivered Stamps Printed (Approx)
2017 10376 3000
2016 10926 3000
2015 11141 3000
2014 11730 3000
2013 11974 3000
2012 12381 3000
2011 9370 3000
2010 8814 3000
2009 9621 3000
2008 7700 2250
2007 7448 2250
2006 7700 2250
2005 6670 1500
2005 6670 1500
2004 6460 1500
2003 5500 1250
2002 4390 1250
2001 3590 1000
2000 3360 1000
1999 950 250
1998 776 200
1997 490 100
1996 493 No stamp just cancellation
1995 254 No stamp just cancellation

Xmas Stamps and Cancellations

Below are the stamps used from 1997 onwards and the cancellations used from 1995 onwards. The cancellations are shown at the end. The purple cancellation was used from 1995-1999 and the blue one from 2000 onwards.