Royal Mail Announces Latest Posting Dates For Presents And Cards To Troops Abroad

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Royal Mail announces recommended latest posting dates for sending presents and cards to troops abroadRoyal Mail have announced the recommended latest posting dates for customers wishing to send cards and presents to British troops who are stationed abroad.

The festive period is the busiest time of year for Royal Mail, and planning for Christmas begins as early as April every year. Customers can avoid the last minute rush and ensure their letters and parcels arrive on time by posting early this Christmas.

The recommended latest posting date for operational British Forces Post Office (BFPO) is Monday 27 November. For static BFPOs, the latest posting date is Monday 11 December.

Royal Mail has operated a dedicated military postal unit since 1882, when the Army Post Office Corps was formed for service during the Egyptian and Sudanese campaigns. In 1908, the unit was subsumed into the Royal Engineers as their Postal Section. After several changes throughout the 20th century, it was re-launched as the British Forces Post Office.

Today, the BFPO offers discounted mail delivery to troops stationed around the world. It also offers free delivery of Forces Air letters (Blueys) sent to personnel on operational duty.

Royal Mail spokesperson David Gold said; “The partnership between Royal Mail and the military has been in place for nearly 200 years, and this important link comes into its own at Christmas.

“We urge people to get their cards and presents in the post as early as possible to ensure that they arrive in time for service men and women’s festive celebrations.”

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Tesco To Donate £1 Per Turkey To People In Need

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tesco kicks off christmas campaignTesco has kicked off their  “Everyone’s Welcome” Christmas campaign and pledges to donate £1 for every fresh turkey sold to help people in need.

Tesco has launched its 2017 Christmas campaign . This year, the retailer will be celebrating the different ways millions of UK shoppers enjoy Christmas, and how great food sits at the heart of it all. It will also provide lots of little helps for customers during the fun and frantic festive period.

The campaign, features Tesco’s fantastic range of turkey. Tesco are also proud to be offering their finest* Narragansett turkey which won the award for top Christmas turkey in the recent BBC Good Food awards.

Tesco will donate £1 for every fresh turkey bought instore or online, shared between its food charity partners FareShare and The Trussell Trust to help people in need over the festive period. The initiative builds on the continued support offered by the retailer to local communities through its annual Food Collection, and its food surplus redistribution scheme, Community Food Connection. Last year, Tesco became the first retailer to pledge that no food that is safe for human consumption will go to waste from its UK operations, and since 2012, Tesco customers and colleagues have donated the equivalent of over 60 million meals to people in need.


Alessandra Bellini, Tesco Chief Customer Officer said:

“This year, our campaign will celebrate the many ways we come together at Christmas, and how food sits at the heart of it all. We want our customers to know that however they choose to do Christmas, and no matter what they need, we can help - Everyone’s Welcome at Tesco.

“As part of our campaign this year, we're delighted to work with our long-term charity partners FareShare and The Trussell Trust to donate £1 for every fresh turkey purchased to help feed people in need this Christmas – it’s another little help for our local communities at an important time of year.”

FareShare Chief Executive Lindsay Boswell said:

“Christmas is the one time of year that brings everyone together however, FareShare is seeing an increased demand to support charities who help people experiencing food poverty or who are alone at this time of year. This generous initiative from Tesco is perfect timing - it means we can help 6,700 charities across the country to continue providing food and life-changing services to those in need this Christmas."

Samantha Stapley, Operations Manager at The Trussell Trust said:

“We’re seeing soaring demand at foodbanks across the UK and right now thousands of people will be worrying about whether they can afford any food for the family this Christmas. This generous donation from Tesco will help us to support our foodbank network and tackle hunger in communities across the country, so we can hope in the future to see fewer people needing foodbanks - not only at Christmas, but all year round.”

Another Reason To Stay In Romsey For Longer This Christmas

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Another Reason To Stay In Romsey For Longer This ChristmasTest Valley Borough Council is once again offering shoppers the chance to spend more time stocking up on Christmas gifts by treating them to an hour's free parking this December.

Visitors will be able to make use of the offer on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4 December to 20 December and will need to purchase a minimum of one hour's parking in any Test Valley Borough Council car park to qualify. They then need to display the Christmas voucher on their dashboard alongside a valid pay and display ticket to get another hour free. The voucher is valid with cash or Ringo payment.

The Council's car parks continue to be free to use after 4pm, so during the offer period visitors will be able to stay in town from 2pm until late for just £1! Shoppers can collect vouchers from the Former Magistrate's Court or participating retailers. Alternatively, vouchers can be downloaded from the Council's website,<> or cut out from the autumn issue of Test Valley News sent to all households at the end of October. Retailers can contact Town Centre Manager, Mark Edgerley, to collect vouchers to hand out to their customers.

Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Nick Adams-King, said: "The car park voucher scheme is always popular with our residents. Our towns have a lot of fantastic independent shops as well as larger retailers, and the scheme helps to boost the local economy by encouraging shoppers to stay for longer. Our car parks continue to be free on weekdays after 4pm and on Sundays and bank holidays throughout the year, which is another great incentive to visit and shop in our towns."

Beautiful Cards On Sale For An Abbey Christmas

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This is the Romsey Parish Christmas card for 2017.

Designed by Hampshire artist, Wendy Bramall, the stunning scene shows the snow covered Abbey through the Jubilee Gates .

The cards have been printed in Hampshire too on paper obtained from responsible sources.

Available in packs of 5, the cards are on sale in the Abbey or after the 10am Sunday morning service. You can also buy them at Oasis and the Romsey Visitor Centre.

They really are beautiful and also an easy way to support the Abbey.

A draw is also being held to win the original watercolour (measuring 26 x 26 cms, which has been mounted & framed). Tickets are £1. The draw will take place on Sunday 17th December.