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Here in the Smilers News section you will find a current update to our catalogue and listings, providing all the latest Smilers related information, news snippets and anything else we think you might be interested in relating to Smilers and associated label sheets issued by Royal Mail and others!  Full details of all new issues will appear under the New Issues menu option.

Earlier News Reports are provided in Adobe Acrobat pdf file format and are generally available during the first couple of weeks following the preceding period. Click on this link News Archive to go to the Smilers News Archive page.


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News - 2021

  • Charles Dickens £2 Coin Cover Collection    

    The Westminster Collection have released their latest Smilers PNC Cover collection in the guise of commemorating the 150th anniversary of the death of Charles Dickens. The  Charles Dickens Complete £2 Coin Cover Collection combines all five official Charles Dickens £2 coins issued by Jersey covering the great man himself and some of his most famous novels: Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, and A Christmas Carol together with specially commissioned Royal Mail Charles Dickens Smilers stamps/labels.

    Priced at £95 per set of five covers, the collection is not cheap but they do appear to sell well and if this is of interest to you then an early purchase from the Westminster Collection will avoid disappointment. (22/02)

  • Quelle Surprise!  Only Fools and Horses    

    Oh mon dieu!  Another mega media bundle on the horizon from Royal Mail - due out in two weeks!  Lovely Jubbly I can hear some say - others may not be so keen.  Whatever your feelings are about Royal Mail's recent "nice little earners" stamp issues you cannot help but love their latest subject - Only Fools and Horses is truly a British icon and this year it celebrates its 40th anniversary. To mark the occasion Royal Mail will be releasing a variety of stamps and collectibles to tempt us from our furlough payments -  this time next year they'll be millionaires!

    Due out on 16th February 2021, Royal Mail's code-name for this issue was "Project Dave" which is worthy of the subject and brought a smile to my lips when I first heard about it.  

    Trigger is just one of the many characters appearing in this issue of eight new stamps and a mini sheet, as above.  Also included are a presentation pack, various first day covers, retail, prestige and limited edition prestige booklets, coin covers,  framed collectibles, and a stack of knocked-off brief cases apparently.  And of course, no such issue would be complete without a Smilers event ....



    Featuring two of the four new stamps from the above mini sheet, this latest collector/Smilers sheet from Royal Mail comprises 10 x 1st class stamps and labels and in my view captures the essence of the show perfectly.  I am sure it will prove to be popular with both stamp sheet collectors and OFAH fans alike. 

    We have managed to get hold of few "cushty" stamp sheets and you can buy them now on-line from our eBay store for delivery from 16th February by clicking on the above sheet image. They are priced at £14.95 + pp - you know it makes sense! 

    Finally an apology to all the non-Brits reading this missive, the innuendos and catch phrases will, I am sure, be totally lost on most of you, some of which are captured in the stamp artwork - what a "plonker" Rodney!! (02/02) 

  • Soroptimist International Centenary   

    A little known organisation celebrates its centenary this year - Soroptimist International - an international charity organisation with a UK base in Stockport. It is a worldwide volunteer service organisation for women who work for peace, and in particular to improve the lives of women and girls.  

    Two themed Smilers sheets have been produced recently to mark this event, together with two souvenir Smilers covers bearing the Smiler stamps and what appears to be a special event hand-stamp dated 1st January 2021. 





    The hand-stamp does not appear in the Royal Mail January Postmarks bulletin nor does it appear on the Royal Mail postmarks website so it is questionable whether this is an official hand stamp of a laser printed facsimile.

    The stamp sheets and covers have been produced my Anne Rogers, who is John Chapman's partner (John Chapman ex: Bletchley Park Post Office). Anne, who supports the Charity, contacted me recently and confirmed that with John's help and his talented designer Simon, Anne had produced the stamp sheets and envelopes to commemorate the occasion. 

    We will not be holding stocks of these sheets but if you would like to order any of the above collectibles then may I suggest you contact Anne Rogers directly on the e-mail link provided above. 

    A great start to the New Year and helping us to keep smiling into 2021!  (07/01)   

  • Royal Mail Stamp Programme 2021   

    Royal Mail have announced details of their proposed 2021 stamp issue programme as follows. 

    • National Parks - 14/01/21 
    • United Kingdom: A Celebration - 26/01/21 
    • Only Fools and Horses - 16/02/21 
    • The Legend of King Arthur - 16/03/21 
    • Classic Science Fiction - 15/04/21 
    • The Wars of the Roses - 04/05/21 
    • Musical Giants - Paul McCartney 26/05/21 
    • Dennis and Gnasher - 01/07/21 
    • Wild Coasts - 22/07/21 
    • Industrial Revolutions - 12/08/21 
    • British Army Vehicles - 02/09/21 
    • To Be Announced - 17/09/21 
    • Rugby Union - 19/10/21 
    • Christmas - 02/11/21
    • Lunar New Year Generic Sheet - Year of the Tiger (not officially acknowledged at time of writing but likely in my view)

    Other 2021 Smilers sheets may include a London 2021 generic sheet, if the planned event goes ahead. Also, the European Cup and Olympics are scheduled to be held in 2021 (Covid-19 willing) so these may also generate additional issues. 

    The issues highlighted in bold are those with possible interest for Smilers Collectors - my guess and not an official confirmation.  No further details exist so we shall all have to wait and see what 2021 brings! (07/01)

  • 2020 News Archive    

    I have now archived the 2020 Smilers News and you may now download this in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format by clicking on the above link. Keep Smiling in 2021! 

    I have also updated  details of all generic, collector, themed and business customised stamp sheets issued during 2020 and hopefully have not made too many mistakes!  You can find these updated listed under the New Issues menu item at top left.  (07/01)

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                                    Last updated: February 23, 2021