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Villagers raise a glass to mark the new Edith Weston Post Office

Edith Weston postmaster Andy Wood and shop manager Helen Bishop with villagers, from left, Geoff Fagence, Vic Arnold, Dale Hemming-Tayler, Dorothy Crowden, David Forbes and Kay Hemming-Tayler

Edith Weston postmaster Andy Wood and shop manager Helen Bishop with villagers, from left, Geoff Fagence, Vic Arnold, Dale Hemming-Tayler, Dorothy Crowden, David Forbes and Kay Hemming-Tayler

Villagers have raised a glass to mark the opening of a new village post office.

The Edith Weston Post Office reopened in the village shop on Tuesday and postmaster Andy Wood and manager Helen Bishop were delighted to be running the service.

The former branch closed in March 2012.

Helen took over the store in June last year with the aim to begin running a post office counter again.

Helen said: “For nearly two years the village didn’t have a post office and it was something that the community wanted and needed.

“We’ve had quite a few customers using the service already so we’ve had a really good start. It’s been a really nice welcome.”

The business will now operate as a local style branch, with an open-plan counter with Post Office services available alongside retail goods such as newspapers, magazines, and food and drink.

The Post Office counter will be open during all the shop’s opening hours - Monday to Friday 7.15am to 6pm, Saturday 8am to 6pm and Sunday 8.30am to 12.30pm.

Another post office in the area is set to move and have its opening hours extended for customers.

The Corby Glen Post Office is on the move to The Pantry in Market Place, Corby Glen, from its current site in the village hall in Church Street.

The branch is set to be transformed to create a modern open-plan branch and be open for six days instead of part time hours.

When the branch opens on Friday, February 14 at 1pm, it will serve customers from 8.45am to 6pm Monday to Friday and from 8.45am to 4pm on Saturday, extending its current opening hours by more than 30.

The current branch will close on Thursday, February 13 at 5.30pm.

Post Office regional network manager Adrian Wales said: “We understand how important having a post office is to residents in this area and we are confident that this new modern post office will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.”

 

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