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New starter packs for schools and junior clubs

The Stamp Active Network has launched a new scheme to help anyone who wants to start a new school or junior stamp club.

The scheme is being generously supported by Stanley Gibbons. They have been raising funds for the scheme through charitable donations to their auctions and they have agreed to fund the first 50 packs to schools and junior clubs. They are also providing the materials at discounted prices to the Stamp Active Network.

Organisers will receive:

  • Loose stamps and covers
  • 10 Plastic magnifiers
  • 10 Plastic Tweezers
  • 5 Packets of Hinges
  • 3 16 page stockbooks
  • 1 sample "World Stamp Album"
  • 1 "Enjoy Stamp Collecting" booklet
  • 1 "Collect British Stamps" Catalogue
  • 5 Packets of mixed stamps
  • 1 "How to Identify Stamps" booklet

"Stanley Gibbons is proud to support this initiative by Stamp Active. Getting young people involved in philately is essential for the future and we congratulate John and the Stamp Active team on their work so far. We look forward to hearing from new clubs across the UK as this initiative gathers pace in the coming months." said Stanley Gibbons Marketing Manager, Alex Hanrahan.

There is a simple procedure in place to ensure that genuine club organisers get one of the packs by completing an application form and a letter is also required from the host school or club on an official letterhead. In return for the pack, Stamp Active are asking that organisers share information about the club's activities and keep them up to date on the progress of the club.

There are limited resources available through Stamp Active but the support of Stanley Gibbons ensures that there will be plenty of support available in 2010. It is hoped that individuals, dealers, clubs and societies may also wish to become a sponsor of one of the new Clubs by making a donation of £50. In return they will receive a certificate giving details of the new Club and further information on the progress of the group.

Commenting on the new scheme, Chairman of Stamp Active, John Davies, said "This is a great opportunity for everyone to get involved in promoting our great hobby. Everyone needs a little help to get started and we hope the new packs will kick start many more new junior stamp clubs in schools and philatelic societies around the country."

If you feel you would benefit from one of these starter packs or would like to support this initiative, please write for further details to: Beverley Davies, Secretary, Stamp Active Network, The Meadows, Chapel Lane, Mathern, Chepstow, NP16 6HS.

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