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Goodwill gift in memory of father

Stroud resident Sandy Saunders, who died in November 2011, was a keen supporter of the Cotswold Canals Trust restoration project since moving to the area from Cornwall.  

He was proud to say he had walked the entire length of the original canal route. 

Stamp Collecting Passion

His interests were varied, but among them was stamp collecting – a passion he indulged in all his life.

Sandy’s daughter Helen, a volunteer at the Cotswold Canals Trust Visitor Centre at Wallbridge in Stroud, uncovered a large collection of mint stamps among his possessions.

Decision to Donate

“There were far too many for the family’s use” explained Helen.

A chat with Jill Field, Manager of the Trust’s other visitor centre at Saul Junction, resulted in an idea for some of the stamps to be put to good use for the Trust.

Helen and her mother knew Sandy would have strongly approved of part of his collection being used to benefit the Cotswold Canals Trust.

They have therefore donated some stamps for certain administrative use.  

Admin Issues Assisted 

Jill decribed how she will use the contemporary stamps in the donated part of Sandy's collection.

"We already buy colourful special issue stamps from the philately counter at Stroud Post Office."

"We put these eye-catching stamps on envelopes addressed to our admin department."

"This ensures that important documents are posted promptly by Saul Visitor Centre volunteers."

"The system seems to work well and we are grateful to Helen and her mother for their generosity.” 

Jill commented, “It was a joy to see the canal boat stamps issued in the 80’s and 90’s." (pictured right)

"We will probably have these framed as an exhibit in the Visitor Centre."