To help serve eight rural communities in Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire, the Post Office has introduced a popular new Post Office mobile van service provided by Grayshott Postmaster Mrs Michelle Reidy and her husband, Noel Reidy and former Headley Down Postmaster Jim Whittle.
Post Office Chief Executive Paula Vennells visited Headley Down and Nyewood in Hampshire today to see how these communities are benefitting from the new service which commenced on 23 September.
Also, on the mobile’s first visit to Fittleworth, the community, including the Headteacher of Fittleworth Village School, rushed to welcome the mobile Post Office van at the Village Hall car park next to the school. The school secretary also arrived with lots of mail for posting. The lives of the Frittleworth community have been made easier by Post Office services being restored to the village.
The communities of Fittleworth, Headley Down, Liss Forest, Nyewood, Rushmoor, Singleton, West Dean and Wormley have been transformed by the arrival of the mobile Post Office, which helps bring communities together at set times each week. A wide variety of Post Office services are available, including travel money.
Post Office Chief Executive Paula Vennells, said: “There has been a very positive reaction from residents, local councillors and the media to this new service. We know how important Post Offices are to communities. We are committed to maintaining the size of our network. Where we have temporary branch closures we look at a variety of ways to restore service, including a mobile Post Office service, which enables us to help a cluster of communities at once. It was great to visit today and hear first-hand how delighted people are with the service.”
This year, 14 new mobile Post Office vehicles are being introduced to serve an 80 extra rural communities including Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex for the first time. These vehicles have been added to the existing fleet of 42 mobile Post Offices operating across the UK serving more than 250 locations a week.
Grayshott Post Office has proved to be a real success story since Michelle & Noel Reidy took over the branch. They have been running the branch for eleven years and modernised the branch with help from the Government–backed Network Transformation scheme and £40,000 personal investment.
They have gone from serving on average 700 Post Office customer sessions a week to footfall rocketing to more than 1,100 sessions. They have just been awarded a quarterly Post Office Network Sales Award for their achievement and they have been rewarded with the branch becoming a full on-demand Post Office, offering a wide range of currencies.
Due to the fact that so many communities are benefitting from the Post Office mobile van, Grayshott Post Office also received funding from the Government-backed Community Fund to help provide a parking space for the new vehicle.
The Grayshott mobile Post Office van service visits the following locations:
- Headley Down, car park, ‘One Stop’ shop, Birch Road, Headley Down, GU35 8AS. Tuesday: 9 – 11am; Wednesday: 2 – 3pm; Thursday: 2.15 – 3.15pm.
- Fittleworth, Fittleworth Village Hall, School Lane, Fittleworth, RH20 1JB. Monday and Thursday: 9 – 11am.
- West Dean, outside West Dean Stores, West Dean, PO18 0QY. Monday and Friday: 11.30am – 1pm.
- Singleton, The Weald and Downland Museum, Singleton, PO18 0EU. Monday: 1.45 – 3.45pm.
- Nyewood, layby opposite Green on Habin Hill, Nyewood, GU31 5JD. Tuesday: 12.30 – 1.30pm.
- Liss Forest, layby on Temple Road, opposite ‘The Temple Inn’, Liss, GU33 7BP. Tuesday: 2.15 – 3.15pm; Friday: 9 – 11am.
- Wormley, Chichester Hall, Petworth Road, Witley, GU8 5PL. Wednesday: 9 – 11am.
- Rushmoor, layby opposite ‘New House’, Sandy Lane, Rushmoor, GU10 2ET. Wednesday: 11.15am – 1.15pm.