Recommended Christmas posting dates and deliveries

The 2019 Royal Mail and Post Office guide to Christmas deliveries is now available to pick up in store.

With a number of latest recommended posting dates fast approaching, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular destinations and services for your information below.

You can also find information on choosing the right service, safe posting and Click & Collect.  

As always, if you have any questions about deliveries and posting in time for Christmas, pop in and speak to Gary or give us a call.

Latest recommended posting dates

International Economy

South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, USA, Canada – Sat 12th Oct

Royal Mail International Standard & Royal Mail International tracked & signature services

Australia and New Zealand – Thursday 12th December

USA and Canada – Saturday 14th December

Spain and Germany – Monday 16th December

France – Wednesday 18th December

United Kingdom

2nd Class – Wednesday 18th December

1st Class – Friday 20th December

Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed – Monday 23rd December

Parcelforce Worldwide express48 – Friday 20th December

Choosing the right service

There are different factors to consider when posting an item, which can be confusing. Luckily, Royal Mail have produced a handy table to help you choose the right service:

Factors to consider
Value of item Over £50 £20 to £50 Under £20
To arrive by Next working day, guaranteed

1st Class – aim to deliver next working day

2nd Class – aim to deliver in 2-3 working days

Tracking? Yes No No
Signature on delivery? Yes Yes No
Service recommended Special Delivery Guaranteed 1st Class or 2nd Class Signed For 1st Class or 2nd Class

Source: Post Office & Royal Mail Delivering Christmas leaflet (2019)

Posting safely

Did you know? Restrictions apply to posting many everyday items. Check there are no restrictions before you send, on the Post Office’s website here

Returns made easy

Simply drop your pre-paid item into any Post Office and visit royalmail.com to track your return.

Local Collect

Look for the Local Collect delivery option when you’re shopping online, to opt to have any gifts delivered directly to your local Post Office. 

Heron Valley Juices

Locally sourced and environmentally-friendly products are close to our heart at Galleon Stores, so we’re always keen to promote local producers providing just that.

Based in the Avon Valley, family run Heron Valley produce a range of award winning juices made using hand selected English eating apples, which are pressed and bottled on the farm.

Their pure fruit juices are made from whole English fruit which is grown locally, and their organic juices are produced from 100% organic ingredients.  

We are now stocking a selection of organic and non-organic Heron Valley Juices in store, with more available to order on request.

Pop in and speak to Gary for more information, give us a call or contact us here.

Rowcroft Hospice: mid-year collection tin total

A big thank you to customers who have donated to the Rowcroft Hospice collection tin in-store. Rowcroft got in touch to let us know that over the last few months, our customers have raised over £30 in total, raising vital funds to help them continue providing care to patients and families across South Devon.

Galmpton Autumn Festival – September 2019

The Galmpton Festival Association will be holding their annual Galmpton Autumn Festival on Sunday 1st September 2019 from 11am to 4pm.

The Flower, Cookery, Crafts, Fruit & Vegetables & Art Shows will be held near Greenway Road, Galmpton, Torbay TQ5 0LT.

Free admission to view all the shows, skills demonstrations, and musical entertainment.

The Book of Schedules to enter in the shows costs £1.50 and is purchased from the Manor Inn, Galleon Stores, or Eric Lloyd & Co.

Refreshments will be available in the Village Hall and from the Manor Inn.

All proceeds are in aid of Rowcroft Hospice.

For further details see Galmpton Festival Association and Galmpton Autumn Festival 2019, or email themanorinngalmpton@gmail.com.

Recent changes to some of our plastic packaging in store

You might have spotted in our recent post that last month we began stocking 1 pints of milk in reusable and returnable glass bottles, as part of our ongoing commitment to reducing plastic use at Galleon Stores.

This month, we are pleased to share that we are now also stocking yogurts, pate and bird seed in reusable packaging.

Langage Farm Farmhouse Yogurts

Locally sourced and available in a variety of flavours, the yogurts are sold in reusable glass jars – perfect for reusing for homemade desserts or odd bits and bobs.

Les Gourmands Pate

Add a touch of France to your picnics; choose from Wild Boar with Cranberries or Duck with Orange Liqueur varieties. Available in 100g reusable glass jars.

Bird seed and nuts

A selection of some our bird seed and nuts are now stocked in resealable plastic containers. Once you’re done with them, these can also be returned to Galleon Stores.

Milk and orange juice now available in returnable glass bottles

For some time we have been looking to introduce milk in returnable glass bottles instore as part of our ongoing commitment to reduce our plastic waste.

We are pleased to share that we are now stocking milk (1 pint) and orange juice in returnable glass bottles for sale instore.

Click here to visit our dedicated ‘Let’s turn the plastic tide’ page to find out more about the changes we’ve been making.

Charity collection total – this year so far

Since the beginning of this year, we’re delighted to share that our in-store collection tins have raised over £170 for our chosen local charities RNLI Torbay and Rowcroft Hospice, in addition to national charity CHICKS.

CHICKS is a children’s charity providing free respite breaks to disadvantaged children all over the UK. To find out more about the local charities we support, click here.

A big thank you to all of our customers for their kind donations.

New in store: Bird Food and Feeders for your garden

We’ve recently introduced a range of wild bird food and feeders in store, helping our customers choose the right combination to attract a wider range of birds into their gardens. Pop in store to shop our range, where Gary and Kay will also be on hand to offer advice about making the right selection.

The future of Galmpton Post Office

A word from our Postmaster, Gary Deare.

Please see my recently produced article on the future of Galmpton Post Office, in which I look back on the history of the Post Office and the difficulties faced today.

I would welcome feedback on the article, either in person at the Post Office, or by email.

There are many ways to support Galmpton Post Office. For example, ask me how your building and contents insurance can help sustain the Post Office in Galmpton.

We’ve gone green instore!

Along with our commitment to reduce plastic waste in store, we are now running the store on ‘green’ electricity. Having recently renewed our energy plan, our electricity is now supplied by renewable sources including solar power and wind farms.

Galmpton Post Office

Click here for our article on the future of Galmpton Post Office.

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