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.”