Post Office

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

The Galleon 100 Club – our vision for a sustainable shop and Post Office

Last year before we had heard of COVID-19, Gary and Kay set up the Galleon 100 Club with a number of likeminded customers.

Our vision was to help create a sustainable shop at the heart of a sustainable village. The club is designed to establish a simple partnership between us and our customers; encouraging greater use of the shop, more two-way communication, easier shopping and a joint approach to how we move the shop forward.

The club will emphasise the use of fresh local produce, reducing plastic waste, using ethical companies, shopping little and often to cut out food waste, walking or cycling to shops and many other initiatives. Put simply, the more customers that get involved in the club, the greater the changes we can make within the shop and community.

If you would like to hear more about this exciting way forward and join the Galleon 100 Club, please email garydeare@aol.com or phone 01803 842148.

Extended opening hours from 5th July

Over the last few months, we have been operating reduced opening hours  to help us cope with the increased demand for deliveries in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

From Sunday 5th July, we’ll be extending them as follows:

Monday 7.30am-5.30pm

Tuesday 7.30am-5.30pm

Wednesday 7.30am-5.30pm

Thursday 7.30am-5.30pm

Friday 7.30am-5.30pm

Saturday 7.30am-2.00pm

Sunday 8.00am-12 noon

If you would like to place an order with us for collection or delivery, or have any questions please email garydeare@aol.com or contact us on 01803 842148 during our opening hours.

Coronavirus update 26 June 2020

A big thank you to all our wonderful customers for your support over the last three months. The first few weeks of the lockdown were very difficult for us dealing with the dramatic changes affecting all aspects of our business.

In recent weeks we have re-organised the business, employed additional help and now have a functioning delivery service in conjunction with Savills the Butchers, in addition to the village shop and post office.

Extended opening hours

From Sunday 5th July, we’ll be extending our opening hours as follows:

Monday – Friday 7.30am-5.30pm

Saturday 7.30am-2pm

Sunday 8am-12pm

Placing orders for collection or delivery

You can continue to submit orders via email to garydeare@aol.com or by phoning the shop during our new extended opening hours (above) on 01803 842148. If you happen to forget any items, please use a follow up email.

If you have any questions or queries about seasonal produce or other items ahead of placing an order, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

We’re now in a position to take on additional customers if you or anyone you know may want to utilise our personal, friendly and flexible service.

Deliveries

We will continue to serve all of our existing customers for as long as they need us, and have allocated Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for deliveries going forward. Collection can be arranged at any time to suit the customer.

To ensure we provide you with the freshest produce, we are introducing a cut-off time of 12 noon the day before, for customers placing an order for delivery.

We will be introducing geographical deliveries on our delivery days, and will continue to be flexible and do our best to deliver at a time that is most convenient for you.

As usual, we will contact you via telephone when your order has been put together in the shop to confirm the amount and day/time of delivery. Please don’t hesitate to confirm with us if you are unsure.

Shop visits

We will still be applying the government guidelines on social distancing to protect our staff and customers. Please still enter one customer (or family) at a time, entering from the front and exiting via the side door. While queuing please maintain a two meter gap.

Post Office

If you have a number of parcels to post and would like to avoid queuing, please contact us on 01803 842148 to make special arrangements.

COVID-19: Maximum of two customers at a time and one way system in store

To help limit the spread of COVID-19, Galleon Stores & Post Office have instigated a maximum of two customers at a time policy and a one way system through the store. 

Please enter through the front door after checking the number inside, and leave by the side door.

One person can queue by the fruit and vegetable stall, but we ask that all other customers queue from the top of the steps, leaving at least 6 foot of space between each customer. 

Thank you for your cooperation and please stay safe.

Gary and Kay

Security features to protect you from new £20 counterfeit banknotes

With the recent issue of the new polymer £20 banknotes, The Post Office (2020) have shared a number of security features to help customers identify counterfeit notes. We’ve listed the top two below:

 

1. Hologram image change

Tilt the note from side to side. Check the words change between ‘Twenty’ and ‘Pounds’.

 

2. See-through windows

Look at the metallic image over the main window. Check the foil is blue and gold on the front of the note and silver on the back.

 

Look for a second, smaller window in the bottom corner of the note.

The Bank of England provides more information on security features to keep an eye out for. Visit their dedicated webpage on the new £20 note

Royal Mail stamp price increase for 2020

You may have heard recently that Royal Mail announced they will be increasing the price of stamps in line with 2020 Royal Mail tariff changes.

From 23rd March, 1st Class stamps will incur an increase of 6p, to 76p and the cost of a 2nd Class stamp will rise to 65p, an increase of 4p. 

Don’t forget though, buy your stamps before this date and you’ll pay the current price, but be able to use them at the new one.  A great tip for saving a little on stamps for Christmas too!

For more information on Royal Mail’s tariff changes for 2020 and how it might affect you, pop in or give us a call on 01803 842148. You can also visit Royal Mail’s website for a full list of changes. 

Royal Mail Christmas Stamps release – 5th November

The 2019 Royal Mail Christmas Stamps will be on sale and available to purchase at Galmpton Post Office from Tuesday 5th November 2019. This year’s release features eight stamps in total bringing the Nativity story to life.

For more information, pop in and speak to Gary or give us a call on 01803 842148.

Recommended Christmas Posting Dates reminder

Are you looking to post to Australia/New Zealand or via International Economy within Europe in time for Christmas? See below for Royal Mail’s latest recommended posting dates.

For a full rundown of recommended posting dates, visit our post here or pop in and pick up a leaflet from the Post Office.

International Economy

Saturday 2nd November – Eastern Europe, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Malta, Iceland

Saturday 16th November – Western Europe

International Standard & Royal Mail International Tracked & Signature Services

Thursday 12th December – Australia and New Zealand

Galmpton Post Office

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

Posts by Category

Archived Posts