British Forces Philatelic Service

British Forces Philatelic Service

British Forces Philatelic Services is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company(CIC) which operates the Forces Philatelic Bureau on behalf of the British Forces Post Office (BFPO).

The Forces Philatelic Bureau, operated by BFPS, designs and produces special handstamps and commemorative covers to mark British State and Armed Forces events. They are unique and specific to the occasion. The special handstamp carries the British Forces Postal Service number obtainable only from the Bureau.

BFPS is run by volunteers who are all ex-Services. We fundraise for GB Forces charities through philately. Our profits are donated to Service charities. For further information on our company please refer to our website (www.bfps.org.uk).

Venue Type:

Campaign or initiative

Opening hours

The British Forces Philatelic Services Website including the online shop is accessible 24/7 unless otherwise notified.

Admission charges

Access to the Website is free.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
BFPS 3199 First Use of the Tank in Battle

BFPS 3199 First Use of the Tank in Battle

  • 15 September 2016 — 31 December 2020 *on now

Tanks were first used in Battle on the 15 September 1916 at Flers-Courcelette on the Somme. Although this initial foray was not regarded as an outright success, the tank, during the next 100 years, went on to become one of the most developed and fearsome weapons used in modern warfare.

To commemorate this historic Centenary BFPS has produced a limited numbered edition of 100 commemorative covers, which will be issued on the 15th September 2016.

The main image on the cover is of a WW1 MK1 Female Tank specially created by the artist Vincenzo Auletta and is reproduced with his kind permission. The 1st Class stamp ‘Poppies’ from the Royal Mail’s WW1 issue will be cancelled by the ‘BFPS 3199 First Use of Tanks in Battle’ special handstamp.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Where

Web site based only

Admission

Access to the website is free

Website

http://www.bfps.org.uk

Battle of Jutland Commemorative Cover

The Battle of Jutland Commemoration

  • 31 May 2016 — 31 December 2020 *on now

The Battle of Jutland took place between the British Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet on the 31st May 1916 in the North Sea, off the mainland of Denmark. Involving some 250 ships and 100,000 men, this battle was the only major naval surface engagement of World War I. Both sides claimed victory in this indecisive battle, though Britain retained control of the North Sea.

To commemorate the centenary of this historic battle British Forces Philatelic Service has produced a Forces cover, which will be published on the 31st May 2016.

Showing the positions of the British and German Fleets, the cover bears an appropriately designed smiler stamp. This will be cancelled by the BFPS numbered 3197 special handstamp, which incorporates the Jutland Centenary logo.

Complete with an insert in full colour a brief description of the historic sea battle. Both are presented in a cellophane sleeve to create a high quality souvenir of the Centenary.

This superb cover can be ordered now from the BFPD online shop (www.bfps.org.uk).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Web based only - www.bfps.org.uk

Admission

The website is free to access.

BFPS WW1 FDC Full set

BFPS WW1 Special Issue Stamps First Day Cover

  • 21 June 2016 — 30 December 2020 *on now

Royal Mail will be issuing its next selection of World War 1 stamps on 21June 2016. The ongoing themes of Poppies, Poetry, War Art, Memorials and Artifacts form a beautiful and poignant collection that serves as a fitting way to commemorate this tragic conflict. Accompanying this issue will be the First World War Minisheet entitled ‘The Post Office at War 1914 -18’.

The Forces Philatelic Bureau will be producing three BFPO official first day covers to compliment this stamp issue.

Two of the covers will bear original artwork silhouetting a typical wartime scene. One of these covers will be serviced using a full set of stamps, whilst the other will use the three 1st class stamps only. The third cover will be the BFPO Tri-Service generic FDC and will bear the Minisheet.

All three covers will be franked by the new ‘Philatelic Forces Bureau First Day of Issue special handstamp BFPO 707’.

These covers can be bought from our online shop (www.bfps.org.uk).

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free to access the BFPS website

Website

http://www.bfps.org.uk/shop

Centenary of The Battle of the Somme

BFPS 3200 Centenary of The Battle of the Somme

  • 1 July 2016 — 31 December 2020 *on now

The Battle of the Somme was fought by the armies of Britain and France against the German Empire. The action took place on both sides of the upper reaches of the River Somme in France between 1 July and 18 November 1916. It was the largest battle of the Western Front, with more than one million men wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.

BFPS has produced a commemorative cover to mark the centenary of this gruesome battle.

The image on the cover is from the painting 'Battle Of The Somme, Attack of the Ulster Division', by artist J.P. Beadle. (This painting is reproduced by the kind permission of Belfast City Council. The original painting currently resides in Belfast City Hall - 2016). A 1st class stamp from the Royal Mail’s WW1 issue will be cancelled by the specially designed BFPS 3200 Battle of the Somme special handstamp which incorporates an image of the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free access to the BFPS website.

Website

http://www.bfps.org.uk

Commemorating The Centenary Of The Commonwealth war Graves Commission

The Centenary of the Commonwealth War graves Commission

  • 21 May 2017 — 31 December 2020 *on now

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission ensures that 1.7 million Commonwealth Forces who died in the two world wars will never be forgotten. They care for cemeteries and memorials at 23,000 locations, in 154 countries. The values and aims, laid out in 1917, are as relevant now as they were a 100 years ago.

On the 21st May this year the Commission celebrates its Centenary and to honour this remarkable anniversary BFPS has produced a commemorative cover.

An image of Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium shows the care and attention that the Commonwealth Graves Commission takes when carrying out its works and along with the 1st class commemorative stamp it gives a very reflective theme to the cover. The stamp will be cancelled by a unique British Forces Postal Service special handstamp No. 3203. The centerpiece of this cancellation features the Commissions Centenary logo.

The cover comes with an information insert and these will be presented in a cellophane sleeve to create a high quality souvenir to mark the event.

They will cost just £6 for the standard version and £12 for the signed limited edition version.(UK/BFPO p&p free).

You can also order the covers by post by sending a cheque (payable to 'BFPS CIC') to BFPS The Old Post Office Links Place Elie Fife KY9 1AX.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Where

Web based only - www.bfps.org.uk

Admission

Access to the website is free

Website

http://www.bfps.org.uk/shop

BFPS 3205 The Centenary of Passchendaele

Centenary of Passchendaele 2017

  • 31 July 2017 — 31 December 2020 *on now

The Battle of Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres was fought between Allied Forces and German troops in some of the worst conditions WWI ever saw. It was even referred to as the "Battle of Mud" due to the amount of mud and grime that was caused by heavy rain and destruction of the land by artillery bombardment. Losses on both sides were extremely high.

On the cover a very apt image of the painting “'Passchendaele' - Soldiers In Mud Near Ypres In Belgium During World War I” by artist William Hole shows the miserable conditions that the troops had to endure. The cover bears the Royal Mail special issue WW1 1st class stamp “‘Dead Man’s Dump’, Isaac Rosenberg” which will be cancelled by the unique British Forces Postal Service special handstamp No 3205. The centerpiece of this handstamp features a sketch by artist Merle Drury of the ‘Cross of Sacrifice’ from Tyne Cot cemetery in Belgium.

An information insert is included and this and the cover are presented in a cellophane sleeve to create a high quality souvenir to mark the Centenary.

You can order these covers via mail order by sending a cheque made out to BFPS CIC and sending it to BFPS, The Old Post Office, Links Place, Elie, Fife, KY9 1AX.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Web based only - www.bfps.org.uk

Admission

Access to the website is free

Battle of Cambrai Centenary

Battle of Cambrai Centenary

  • 20 November 2017 — 31 December 2020 *on now

The Battle of Cambrai (November 1917, WW1) was an important landmark in the use of tanks. It was the first military offensive where British Army commanders had deployed them in large numbers.

To mark the centenary of this Battle and the first use of mass tanks, the Forces Philatelic Bureau has produced a commemorative cover to be released on the 20th November 2017.

The cover bears an image showing massed tanks deploying across the battlefield at Cambrai. A specially designed handstamp numbered ‘BFPS 3209’ will be used to cancel a Royal Mail issued 1st class ’Shattered Poppy’ stamp. The special handstamp carries a silhouette of the Royal Tank Regiment’s cap badge.

An information insert will be included and this and the cover will be presented in a cellophane sleeve to create a high quality souvenir to mark this centenary.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Prices of the commemorative covers are shown on the website. www.bfps.org.uk/shop

British Forces Philatelic Service
The Old Post Office Links Place
Elie LEVEN
Fife
KY9 1AX
Scotland

Website

The Forces Philatelic Bureau, operated by BFPS, designs and produces special handstamps and commemorative covers to mark British State and Armed Forces events. They are unique and specific to the occasion. The special handstamp carries the British Forces Postal Service number obtainable only from the Bureau. All profits are in aid of Service charities.

http://www.bfps.org.uk

E-mail

justask@bfps.org.uk

Telephone

01333 330525

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