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Community spirit ensures a happy return for post office

Harold Hill, David Dickinson, Barbara Berridge, Brian Tidswell, Ken Kerr, Michael Berridge, Lorna Webb, Marion and Leslie Draper at Gosberton Risegate Post Office.

Harold Hill, David Dickinson, Barbara Berridge, Brian Tidswell, Ken Kerr, Michael Berridge, Lorna Webb, Marion and Leslie Draper at Gosberton Risegate Post Office.

A test of community spirit in Gosberton Risegate has been passed with flying colours after the successful reopening of its post office.

It has found a new home inside St Gilbert and St Hugh’s Church Hall after a determined campaign by villagers who saw their old post office close in April 2013.

Brian Tidswell, a church council member who helped set up the new post office, said: “The people who ran it for the past two or three years wanted to sell it as a going concern.

“But people who were interested in buying it wouldn’t pay the price so when the owners went, Gosberton Risegate was left without a post office and shop.

“One of our council members got wind of this and raised it at a meeting when the church hall was being decorated and new toilets were being fitted.

“We thought the church hall had the facilities for a post office and when the Post Office agency came here to see it, they said ‘this looks good.’”

The post office is open twice a week, on Mondays and Thursday between 1.30pm and 3.30pm, saving people a round trip of more than six miles to the next nearest post office in Gosberton.

Brian said: “A post office in a village is a useful thing to have and it does provide a service which we’re very grateful for.”

Julia Marwood, Post Office regional network manager, said: “We understand how important having a post office is to the residents in this area of South Holland and we are confident that it will meet the needs of the community.”

 

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