Last updated June 2016.
2016 sees the 500th Anniversary of the knighting of Brian Tuke, the first Master of the Posts in 1516 and Royal Mail will be commemorating this with some events that could well include some preserved mailvans. To celebrate Royal Mail’s 500 years anniversary, it is undertaking a symbolic ‘final mile’ based on the historic Dover to London route on Saturday 18th June. The final mile starting at The George Inn in Southwark, London, will see Mark Penfold, a postman from Burnham-on-Sea completing his final mile of his journey from Edinburgh to London to raise money for The Lily Foundation who helped his grandson Frankie when he was ill, and to help raise awareness for the charity. He will be accompanied by the Tristar mail coach and horses along the route. They will finish at the Guildhall Yard, which is in the centre of an area with strong historical postal links.
The Guildhall Yard will be set-up to showcase elements of Royal Mail and its 500 year history. The event at the Guildhall Yard is open to the general public and all employees. The event is free to attend and opens from 11.00am at the Guildhall Yard.
The Guildhall Yard
There will be a presentation stage to welcome the stage coach and Mark when they arrive at the Guildhall. Royal Mail will have a host that will warm up the crowds and keep them updated on the whereabouts of Mark and the coach for their arrival at 12.00 noon.
Tristar Mail Coach
Tristar will be providing a mail coach drawn by four horses, similar to the one pictured below. They will accompany Mark Penfold from the George Inn to the Guildhall Yard. The coach and horses will be stationed in the yard for a couple of hours. Members of the public will be able to have their photos taken with the coach.
The Club will have a small exhibition of preserved Post Office vehicles (up to five vans and two motor-cycles) at the Guildhall on 18th June on display throughout the event.
The new bookazine published by Kelsey “Red Van ... Green Van” has the wrong address for the Club. Any correspondence should be sent to
13 Brooklands Drive, LEIGHTON BUZZARD, Bedfordshire, LU7 3PD and NOT as printed.
On 3rd February, the Traffic Commissioner accepted the cancellation of the four postbus services on the Uists, three services based at Lochmaddy and one at Lochboisdale. Royal Mail had tendered for the new contracts from the Western Isles Council but was unsuccessful and other operators have been contracted to run the services. The final date of operation was 31st March with the Lochboisdale route terminating at Lochboisdale Pier being the last of the four to finish at just after 6.30 pm. So has come to an end the operation of ‘full-size’ postbuses by the GPO, Post Office and Royal Mail after just over 49 years. This just leaves route 134 (Talmine-Tongue-Lairg) in operation using a Vauxhall Combo 4-seat crewbus.
· Our latest publication is a new edition of GPO Vehicles 1946-1969: A Concise Guide, this book now in its fourth edition summarises Post Office vehicles in the period from the end of the Second World War to the creation of the Post Office Corporation in October 1969. This was the period when GPO vehicles were registered in complete registration series. The book has 148 pages (including 20 pages of contemporary photographs) in A5 perfect bound format. Available at £12.00 (including postage and packing) from POVC Sales at 124 Shenstone Avenue, Norton, STOURBRIDGE, West Midlands, DY8 3EJ. Please make cheques payable to the “Post Office Vehicle Club”. You can also order it by Paypal (60p charge applies) by e-mailing us at POVehClub@aol.com and we will invoice you.
· Telephone Service Vehicles since 1906 by Bill Aldridge has been published by Nostalgia Road. 64 pages, A5 format with a good selection of photographs of GPO, Post Office Telephones, British Telecom and BT vehicles over the year. Many of the photographs have been taken by Club members. £7.95 including postage and packing from POVC Sales at 124 Shenstone Avenue, Norton, STOURBRIDGE, West Midlands, DY8 3EJ. Please make cheques payable to the “Post Office Vehicle Club”. You can also order it by Paypal (49p charge applies) by e-mailing us at POVehClub@aol.com and we will invoice you.