TEN months after the post office closed in an East Staffordshire village the service has been restored – with a new mobile operation in the historic church.
St Werburgh’s Church will be hosting the new Post Office every Tuesday with villagers able to access a wide range of services between 10am and noon each week. It’s the first Post Office to be opened in a church in the area.
The service is being provided by Hanbury’s former subpostmaster Sarah Powlson, who now runs the full-time Post Office in the neighbouring village of Draycott-in-the-Clay.
She said: “When we moved to take over the village shop and Post Office in Draycott, the only downside was having to close the service in Hanbury which I originally opened in what used to be the garage of our house on Martins Lane. That was 10 years ago, when the old Hanbury Post Office was closing down and I didn’t want to see the service disappear.
“Post Offices are a vital lifeline for people in villages that have few other amenities and I’m delighted that I can now provide this service for all my old customers in Hanbury, as I know how much they have missed it.
“It is unusual to have a Post Office in a church but it’s the perfect location in Hanbury as it’s right in the heart of the village and has a car park for those who are unable to walk. I’m looking forward to coming up to Hanbury every Tuesday and I’m sure everyone will quickly get used to the idea of the Post Office being in the church. I think the church deserves a lot of credit for allowing us to use its facilities as does the Post Office for wanting to keep a service going in Hanbury.”
It had been hoped to start the new Hanbury Post Office in the summer but the opening was postponed to allow planning and telecommunications issues to be sorted out.
But Post Office field change advisor Mike Ball said: “We understand how important having a Post Office branch is to Hanbury and we are confident that the hosted outreach service will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.”