A quirky postal service is being launched in the Ely area this Christmas thanks to the city’s mayor and the Ely District Scouts.
The Christmas Post for Scouts scheme is run in cities and towns across the UK each year and now it is coming to East Cambridgeshire.
Instead of buying Royal Mail stamps, residents can buy cheaper Scouts stamps for 25p, and ask the local Scouts to deliver their Christmas cards in the local area instead of Royal Mail.
Scouts are taking part in Witchford, Stretham, Littleport, Witcham, Haddenham, Little Downham, Wilburton and Little Thetford, which means residents will be able to both buy stamps and post mail in designated Scout post boxes in each village.
In Ely itself, residents will be able to purchase the stamps and post their cards in the following places: Amore Vita in Forehill, Roly’s Fudge Pantry in Market Street, the Eel Catcher’s Daughter in High Street, Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe in High Street, Exquisite in Market Street, Grape Tree in Market Street, Betty Marshmallow in Chequers Lane, Spar in New Barns Road and the One Stop shop in St Johns Road.
The Scouts will be using Ely’s courthouse, in Lynn Road, as the depot and sorting office for the mail.
Ely’s Mayor, Cllr Elaine Griffin-Singh, has joined forces with the Ely District Scouts to launch the scheme and is urging people across the district to give it a go.
She says it will not only raise money for the Scouts but also relieve the pressure on Ely’s Post Office staff in the run up to Christmas.
The way it works is that any Christmas card which needs delivering to Ely or any of the villages from within the participating network can be posted via the Scouts.
Of the 25p raised from the purchase of each stamp, 20p will go to the Scouts and 5p will go to the Mayor’s Charity.
The scheme launches on Monday, November 25.