Stamp of approval for post office at the pub

October 30 2017

THE first anniversary of the re-opening of North Road post office in Yate has been celebrated at the pub where it is now located.

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THE first anniversary of the re-opening of North Road post office in Yate has been celebrated at the pub where it is now located.

Users had been left without postal services when the couple who ran the previous post office retired in 2015 and the premises were withdrawn from post office use.

Publicans Jenna Hale and Paul Jefferies, who run the Codrington Arms further up the road, were approached by Post Office Ltd to see if they were interested in accommodating the post office on the pub site.

They agreed to take it on and incorporate it into a convenience store they were about to open behind the pub in an old barn.

It has now become an important feature in the community and its first anniversary was marked by those who use it.

Jenna said the facility had been well supported by local people and businesses and she and Paul wanted to thank them.

The project had also been made possible due to a £1,500 grant from the Pub is The Hub organisation, which helped fund the conversion of the disused barn. 

Ladden Brook councillor Marian Lewis said: “The whole community is delighted with the services provided by the post office and shop.

“We are particularly pleased with the post office facility, which must have saved us from hundreds of journeys into Yate and long queues in the main post office there.

“As predicted, the old barn serves the communities of Rangeworthy and Iron Acton as well as Engine Common.” 

Thornbury and Yate MP Luke Hall, said: “After a year of successful business it was great to be able to once again recognise Jenna and Paul’s efforts to bring back such an important service for the local community."