Last updated January 2019.
We have been invited again to display a Postbus at the London Landmarks Half Marathon which is being held on Sunday March 24th. The Royal Mail Choir will be with us at Postman's Park in the City of London, the heart of the establishment of the General Post Office, and many of the buildings survive in new occupation. Last year was the first for the event, and ten thousand runners passed our vehicles parked in St Martin’s-le-Grand, close to the former GPO headquarters and King Edward Building. The organisers are hoping for 15,000 runners this year, and would welcome more preserved vehicles on display – there is plenty of room in the square mile on a Sunday and they will be paying expenses. Please contact us immediately if you are interested at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01433-670200.
The Club’s main event, the Classic Van and Pick-up Show at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon in Warwickshire, will be bigger and better this year as it will be combined with the Transit Van Club rally and the Classic and Vintage Commercial Show. It will be a two-day event to be held on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June, and the Club will be present both days. Space has been a problem in previous years and the light commercial class was separated out a few years ago. The new larger 500 space car park will be available from April and show manager Tom Caren will also have a dedicated area that will give enough room to do justice to the Classic Van and Pick-up entrants. Tom has said that the Club stand will be in the usual position by the front museum entrance, and our vehicles will be parked around and behind. Light commercial participants will be given free entry and overnight camping, and entrants in previous years should receive an email from the museum. The HGV show has improved since the two events parted company, and now regularly attracts hundreds of lorries from around the country. There will be a re-enactment of the Lorry Driver of the Year Competitions of the nineteen-sixties and seventies on the Saturday, complete with some original trophies and grey-coated judges. The layout will also be amended to improve photographic opportunities. If you are entering a vehicle in the Gaydon event please also let us know as applications go direct to the museum. Entry form at https://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk/downloads/show-forms/classic-vintage-and-commercial-show/Classic-and-Vintage-Commercial-Show-2019-Vehicle-Entry-Form.pdf
The British Commercial Vehicle Museum at Leyland has announced that it will reopen to the public on Saturday 26th January following a long refurbishment programme which has seen major alterations taking place. The café has been re-sited to be closer to the museum entrance, the old cinema dismantled and replaced by a state-of-the-art Conference Suite, and a brand-new Archives Department constructed within the existing building. A ‘Time Line’ of archive photographs and videos projected on the museum walls traces the history of road transport from the earliest of days right up to present times. There are many hands-on interactive displays to entertain all age groups, and a ‘Lorry Driving Experience’ for the young and young at heart. The museum has not yet published this year’s calendar of events, so we don’t know if the Classic Van rally will recommence. Please let the Club know if you are able to bring a preserved vehicle to Leyland or another event in the North.
This year’s Moving the Mail event at Quainton Road will be held on Sunday 11th August.
We have set up a Facebook page dedicated to preservation of Post Office vehicles (including GPO, Royal Mail and British Telecom). It can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/groups/190746398148369/ Our Yahoo group continues to share information on current vehicle sightings and can be found at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/povehicleclub/info
· For membership and general enquiries, e-mail our Secretary Frank Weston at email@example.com or write to him at 11 Acorn Road, NORTH Walsham, Norfolk, NR28 0UA.
· For preservation matters, including the V765 scheme for reissue of original registrations, e-mail William Staniforth at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to him at Green Bank, Windsoredge Road, Nailsworth, STROUD, Gloucestershire, GL6 0NP.
· Mark Skillen is our Archivist. He maintains our register of preserved GPO, Post Office, BT and Royal Mail Vehicles, and deals with enquiries regarding preserved vehicles and their attendance at events. Telephone him on 01433-670200 (evenings and weekends) or write to Ollerbrook Barn, Edale, HOPE VALLEY, Derbyshire, S33 7ZG.
· All other enquiries, including sales items and information about modern vehicles, to Editor Christopher Hogan at POVehClub@aol.com.
· Our latest publications are as follows:
Ø Postbuses – the Final Chapter (56 pages of text, 12 pages of photographs; A5 stapled) available by post from Stourbridge at £9 including postage and packing.
Ø Post Office Telephone Vehicles 1978. A5 perfect bound published July 2017. 260 pages perfect bound plus 12 pages of mainly colour photographs. £18 including postage and packing.
Ø Post Office Vehicles 2000 detailing the full service history of nearly 13,000 vans, trucks and trailers obtained in the financial year 2000-01. A5 perfect bound, it runs to 352 pages plus 24 pages of colour photographs, it retails at £20 including postage and packing.
Ø Postal Vehicles of Norway (Posten Norge), a Current Fleet List and background information on its current operations correct to March 2017. 64 pages A4 plus colour illustrations. £9 including postage and packing.
Please make cheques or postal orders payable to the “Post Office Vehicle Club” and sent to POVC Sales at 146 Fairway Avenue, WEST DRAYTON, Middlesex, UB7 7AP. You can also order it by BACS by e-mailing us at email@example.com and we will invoice you.
· A new edition of GPO Vehicles 1946-1969: A Concise Guide was published in 2016; this book now in its fourth edition summarises Post Office vehicles in the period from the end of the Second World War to the creation of the Post Office Corporation in October 1969. This was the period when GPO vehicles were registered in complete registration series. The book has 148 pages (including 20 pages of contemporary photographs) in A5 perfect bound format. Available at £12.00 (including postage and packing) from POVC Sales at 146 Fairway Avenue, WEST DRAYTON, Middlesex, UB7 7AP. Please make cheques payable to the “Post Office Vehicle Club”.
· Telephone Service Vehicles since 1906 by Bill Aldridge has been published by Nostalgia Road. 64 pages, A5 format with a good selection of photographs of GPO, Post Office Telephones, British Telecom and BT vehicles over the year. Many of the photographs have been taken by Club members. £7.95 including postage and packing from POVC Sales at 146 Fairway Avenue, WEST DRAYTON, Middlesex, UB7 7AP. Please make cheques payable to the “Post Office Vehicle Club”.
· The latest edition of our Preserved Vehicles listing was published last year. This is the seventh edition of this popular book, listing all known preserved or surviving former GPO, Post Office, British Telecom and Royal Mail vehicles. 144 pages, A5, perfect bound with 35 assorted photographs of restored vans. Available at £12.50 (including postage and packing) from POVC Sales at 146 Fairway Avenue, WEST DRAYTON, Middlesex, UB7 7AP. Please make cheques payable to the “Post Office Vehicle Club”.