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Royal Mail parcels over 2kg now more competitively priced

Royal Mail are well known for their competitive parcel prices for sending parcels under 2kg, but they are now offering a more competitive service (up to 47% cheaper) on parcels over 2kg. Prices start from £6.95.

For advice on postage services for parcels of any size, please pop in and speak to a member of staff in the Post Office, give us a call or contact us here. We’re always happy to help answer any questions and find you the best value service for your requirements. Gift Cards now available from the Post Office

Customers can now purchase an Amazon gift card from Galmpton Post Office. The gift card can be loaded with an amount between £15-£100, to be spent as your recipient chooses on

Royal Mail new, barcoded 1st and 2nd Class stamps

Some of you may already be aware that Royal Mail have recently introduced new everyday stamps which include barcodes. When using the new stamps, it’s important to ensure that the barcode remains attached so that the stamp is valid.

While normal, non-barcoded 1st and 2nd Class stamps will continue to be sold until 31st January 2023, the new stamps will soon replace these and customers are encouraged to use their normal stamps ahead of this time.

If you are concerned about using up your normal stamps ahead of this time, you can exchange non-barcoded stamps using Royal Mail’s Swap Out Scheme. You can find more information and a form to complete the process from Galmpton Post Office, but please note we are not able to exchange stamps instore.

For more information or any questions, pop into the shop, give us a call on 01803 842148 or email

Deposit your paper £20 and £50 notes at Galleon Stores and Post Office

After the 30th September 2022, the Bank of England are withdrawing legal tender status of the paper £20 and £50 notes which will mean you are no longer able to spend these on the purchase of goods.

Did you know? You can deposit any paper £20 or £50 notes into your bank account at Galleon Stores and Post Office. All you will you need is your debit card.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with a member of staff in the shop or give us a call on 01803 842148.

New barcoded 1st and 2nd Class stamps

Royal Mail have recently introduced new barcoded 1st and 2nd Class stamps for their definitive ‘everyday’ and Christmas stamps. The introduction of the barcode will provide an additional security layer, as every stamp is unique.

The stamps will soon replace the non-barcoded stamps which will be slowly phased out and remain valid until the end of January 2023. You can find out more about the changes here:

If you are unable to use up your non-barcoded stamps, from 31st March 2022 Royal Mail launch their ‘Swap Out’ scheme to enable customers to swap non-barcoded for barcoded stamps. The scheme will be available through Galleon Stores and Post Office. Please get in touch with us or give us a call on 01803 842148 for more information.

Royal Mail price increases from April

Royal Mail are increasing their prices on 4th April 2022, which will see changes to the price of 1st and 2nd Class stamps, alongside parcels and other services.

From the date above, 1st Class stamps will increase by 10p to 95p and the price of 2nd Class stamps will increase by 2p to 68p.

You can stock up on 1st and 2nd Class stamps from Galleon Stores up to this date at the current price (85p and 66p respectively) and continue to use them following the price increases, until 31st January 2023. More information on this here.

For full details of the new stamp prices, find a copy of Royal Mail’s stamp price chart here. If you have any questions or would like more information on the best way to post letters and parcels, please pop in and speak to a member of staff or give us a call on 01803 842148.

How customers can support Galleon Stores through 2022

Welcome to the New Year and thank you all for your support during these last two years. Together we have kept Galleon Stores and Post Office open at all times, allowing us to meet the various needs of the local community. A big thanks also goes to all of our staff, without whom this would not have been possible.

With restrictions having eased, our challenge for the coming year is to maintain the local support we have received. We will continue to offer a friendly, flexible service with a wide range of goods and services, and an emphasis on local, fresh and plastic/packaging free produce.

  • Check out our Market Stall for fresh, local fruit and vegetables, with monthly recommendations on best value and best in season on our website.
  • Use our top-up service, which offers refills on cleaning products including Ecover washing up liquid and fabric softener, Faith in Nature shampoo and conditioner, hand gel, disinfectant and hand soap
  • Browse our large range of locally baked breads and cakes
  • Support our local suppliers through buying wine and beer to jams and honey
  • Ask us about joining the Galleon 100 Club – a simple partnership between Galleon Stores and its customers to support our vision of a sustainable local shop
  • Post your letters and parcels, send returns and Click and Collect to support Galmpton Post Office. You can also access banking services, currency and buy travel and gift cards easily. 

To get involved and continue supporting your local shop, drop in to the shop during our opening hours. You can also give us a call on 01803 842148, or get in touch with Kay, Gary, Rose or Teresa if you have queries on any of these opportunities.

Delivering and posting for Christmas

We now have copies of the Post Office’s ‘Delivering Christmas’ leaflets, available for customers to pick up from the shop. The leaflets provide information on helping you post correctly in the UK and EU, latest recommended posting dates and parcel collections.

In the meantime we’ve pulled together some of the key bits of information and dates below:

  • Sending goods or gifts to anywhere outside of the UK (including the EU) – you’ll need a customs form which you can pick up at the Post Office or complete online here
  • Ordering online – if you won’t be home to receive a delivery, look for the Local Collect delivery option and you can choose to have them delivered to Galleon Stores instead
  • Online returns – if you need to return some online shopping you can do so through the Post Office, by either attaching a pre-printed returns label or showing us your Royal Mail returns QR code

Christmas stamps

If you’re looking to adorn your season’s greetings with a Christmas stamp this year, Royal Mail’s 2021 festive designs will be available in branches from Tuesday 2nd November.

Latest recommended posting dates for Royal Mail services

International Economy:

  • Fri 15 Oct – Far East, Hong Kong, Middle East, Singapore, South Africa
  • Mon 1 Nov – USA & Canada
  • Fri 26 Nov – Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece, Iceland, Malta and Turkey
  • Mon 29 Nov – Western Europe

HM Forces Mail – British Forces Post Office (BFPO):

  • Mon 29 Nov – Operational HM Forces
  • Mon 6 Dec – Static HM Forces

UK Inland Services:

  • Sat 18 Dec – 2nd Class, 2nd Class Signed For
  • Tue 21 Dec – 1st Class, 1st Class Signed For
  • Thu 23 Dec – Special Delivery Guaranteed

International Standards and International Tracking and Signature Services:

  • Australia – Mon 6 Dec
  • Canada – Mon 13 Dec
  • Cyprus – Fri 10 Dec
  • Denmark – Thu 16 Dec
  • France – Sat 18 Dec
  • Germany – Thu 16 Dec
  • Greece – Sat 11 Dec
  • Ireland – Thu 16 Dec
  • Italy – Mon 13 Dec
  • New Zealand – Mon 6 Dec
  • Portugal – Thu 16 Dec
  • Spain – Thu 16 Dec
  • Sweden – Mon 13 Dec
  • USA – Mon 13 Dec

As ever, we are always happy to answer any questions and provide advice. Pop into the shop, give us a call on 01803 842148 or email

Help with posting parcels, international Christmas post and Christmas stamps

If any of our delivery customers need parcels posting, or overseas Christmas post taken care of, we can help. 

Simply pass your parcel or overseas post to our driver on delivery of your goods, we’ll arrange posting and charge you the following week. We can also take orders for Royal Mail Christmas stamps to and charge as part of your regular delivery.

To make sure your post arrives in time for Christmas, we’ve shared some of the some of the latest Royal Mail recommended posting dates here.

Latest recommended posting dates for Christmas 2020

With the run-up to Christmas looking a little different this year, we know that more of you may be sending cards and gifts by post than normal.

To make sure anything arrives in time for Christmas, we have shared some of the key latest recommended posting dates for both the UK and abroad below.

As usual we are here to help answer any posting questions you may have, from packaging to parcel size and postage cost. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch – pop down to the shop, give us a call on 01803 842148 or contact us here.

Royal Mail International Standard and International tracked & signature services

Africa – Wednesday 9th December

Australia – Friday 11th December

Canada – Saturday 12th December

France – Friday 18th December

Germany – Wednesday 16th December

Ireland – Friday 18th December

New Zealand – Friday 11th December

Spain – Wednesday 16th December

USA – Saturday 12th December


United Kingdom

2nd Class and 2nd Class Signed For – Friday 18th December

1st Class and 1st Class Signed For – Monday 21st December

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