Post office in the pub

Going first class: Postmistress Emma Brown and landlord Peter Robinson

Going first class: Postmistress Emma Brown and landlord Peter Robinson

It is more a case of Postman Pint than Postman Pat in this village.

For two mornings a week, the Wheatsheaf pub on Woodplumpton Road, Woodplumptonm, near Preston, will be home to an outreach post office that is available for the surrounding community.

And the lady in charge is urging residents to pop in to use their services every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

Post-mistress, Emma Brown, who has run the Cottam Post Office seven days a week for the past 12 and a half years with her husband David, said: “We want people to know that we’re here and we’re open for business.

“Between 10am and 11.30am, all of the usual post office services will be available from us.”

The outreach provision was opened in the pub to replace the Woodplumpton Post Office that was closed temporarily last July.

And after moving into the pub 15 months ago, landlord of the Wheatsheaf, Pete Robinson wanted to get more involved in the community.

Pete said: “We were asked if we would be interested in opening the outreach post office in the pub at a Parish Council meeting and we jumped at the chance.

“We wanted to create somewhere that could become a hub for the community because when we lost the post office there was no where for people to meet anymore.”

He added: “People no longer need to get a bus to the nearest post office, they can just walk over to us.

“Hopefully, when word gets round more people will come in and we can start doing coffee mornings.”

Woodplumpton Parish Council Clerk, Coun Julie Buttle, who have been instrumental in getting the post office opened, said: “With the decline of so many rural shops and services, the parish council was in close contact with the Post Office to try to secure a satellite service for residents.

“We are fully supportive of this venture and hope residents will support Emma and Pete by using the service frequently.”




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