‘Scout postmen’ are out on their rounds in run up to Christmas

HOUSEHOLDS in Todmorden will once again be receiving some cards delivered by the town’s Scout Post.

For more than 25 years older scouts, leaders and volunteers all linked to the 26th and 8th Calder Valley Scouts, based at Central Methodist Church, have become a part of Todmorden’s Christmas, running a Christmas card delivery service to Todmorden addresses.

They started when the government relaxed the Post Office monopoly for the month before Christmas, to allow charities to deliver Christmas cards - the rules are that only Christmas cards are delivered, and that all the proceeds go to charity.

Group scout leader David Payne said: “In the first year we charged 5p per card, since then there have been a couple of price rises, and the present charge is 20p.

“The money has provided the funds which has helped us to provide transport over the years, and equipment for all sections.

“We sell our own stamps in various outlets throughout the town, there are also ‘Post Boxes’ at these outlets where customers can post their cards. These post boxes are emptied on a regular basis and the cards sorted into rounds.

“We will deliver to any Todmorden address, and undertake to deliver all cards by Christmas, however we do not offer a next day service, as some of our helpers can only deliver their cards at weekends. It must be emphasised that our stamps are not valid for the Royal Mail, and any cards posted in Royal Mail post-boxes may well result in the recipient being charged by the Post Office.

“The service results in a lot of hard work in the weeks before Christmas by willing volunteers, however, we feel that the rewards, such as the opportunity to have our own transport make it more than worthwhile.”