Thursday, February 03, 2011

Eastrington Village Shop to re-open

Having listened to Eastrington residents and spoken to Gilberdyke Post Office owner John Shepherd a short time after Eastrington Post Office and shop closed; I certainly welcome his plans to re-open this valuable village facility. I don’t think people appreciated just how important it was to the community until it closed.
John realised the need when people from Eastrington started to use the Gilberdyke Post Office, telling him how difficult it was for some of the older people to get to Gilberdyke.
I am led to believe that there is a few weeks to go before the formal agreements are signed, but once open we will see the shop containing a ‘Post Office Local’ - which is somewhat different to a fully-fledged post office, but offering most of the same services.

For the most part it will be a village shop with the post office facilities at the till, therefore being more economical to run than the previous arrangement.

The big advantage is that some post office facilities, including buying stamps, posting letters and withdrawing cash will be available not just Monday to Friday - but also Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 1pm.

We hear a great deal of bad news concerning rural villages losing services, but in this case we have very good news as we see a service returning. I am confident that Eastrington people will support the ‘Eastrington Village Shop’ as it is to be known.

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