Notice Board

General Data Protection Regulations 2018

Please see the Group’s notice and privacy statement here

Current Royal Mail charges on underpaid mail

The current scale of basic fees charged by Royal Mail is set out in their website

This comprises:

  • Letters/Large Letters: no postage paid - £2 flat fee
  • Letters/Large Letters: insufficient postage paid - £1.50 flat fee
  • Small Parcel: underpaid/no postage paid - £3 flat fee
  • Medium Parcel: underpaid/no postage paid - £1.50 plus incremental postage rounded to the nearest 10 pence

The process for collection and release of underpaid mail is that RM send the addressee an official card, see front view and see verso view, advising of the fee to be paid and how to pay. There are three options: (a) payment online; (b) by affixing stamps to the card and posting it back to the delivery office; or (c) payment in person at the delivery office. For postage due postal historians, option (a) is the obvious one to take as it allows retention of the ‘grey card’ for philatelic posterity. Given this state-of-the-art system for handling postage due fees, the process is a neat combination of ancient and modern.

The Postage Dues of Zanzibar 1875–1964

The Stamps, the Covers and Their Story
By John Griffith-Jones

539 pages, 270 full colour illustrations: hard bound with dust jacket, £90 plus p&p.

Published by the BPA Expertising Educational Charity.
To order or obtain more details

Members of PDMSG purchasing the book may claim a reduction of £5 from their 2016 PDMSG subscription. Please say that you are a member when ordering.

The September issue of Gibbons Stamp Monthly contains a six page, well illustrated article by John on The Postage Dues of Zanzibar 1875–1964

Underpaid International Mail

Ken Snelson has supplied the following link to his international exhibit in 2004-5

Underpaid International Mail — GPU to WWI, out of, into and through Great Britain »

Book of T

Bob Medland has now acquired a copy, thanks to a contact through the website. So as they say, 'It Pays to Advertise' and you are welcome to put your wants here.


There will be a major stamp exhibition at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London from Saturday 2 May 2020 until Saturday 9 May 2020. This will be an international competition, granted FIP Patronage, with competitive classes in Championship, Traditional, Postal History, Thematic, Revenue, Postal Stationery, Aerophilately, Open, Picture Postcards, One Frame, Modern, Literature and Youth. To ensure that as many exhibitors as possible can be accepted, the frames will be used twice during the week with exhibits being swapped on Tuesday 5 May. It will also be a major stamp fair with over 150 dealers’ stands. For more details see