Post Office Loss ‘Will Kill Village’
Village residents have described the possible loss of their post office and shop as a ‘tragedy and a disaster’.
This week South Northants MP Andrea Leadsom contacted the Advertiser after receiving letters from people concerned about the possible closure of post offices and stores in Wappenham and Helmdon which she described as a lilfeline to many people – particularly the elderly.
A spokesman for the Royal Mail said: “The sub-postmaster at Wappenham, who also operates the outreach service at Helmdon, has resigned and regrettably the two post offices may have to close temporarily from the end of November if our on-going search to find a new sub-postmaster is unsuccessful in securing someone in the interim.”
The Wappenham store is run by Tony and Evelyn Rist and a notice at their Wappenham store said they have taken the decision to retire as their income fell and running costs rose. They also thanked the loyal customers who had supported them for over 13 years.
Daniel Butler, 77, from Helmdon was using the post office in Wappenham and said; “It’s a disaster. We lost our main post office in Helmdon years ago and it’s easier for me to come here to get my pension.
“ Now will have to go from here to Brackley and at Brackley you can spend 20 minutes queuing and there’s the mileage going backwards and forwards.
“The post office and store are always the heart of a village.”
Postwoman and village resident Claire Kennett said she has been offered a role after the post office closes but a change in work hours and the extra travel to the sorting office would not fit in with her outside responsibilities.
Mrs Kennet said: “ The post office keeps the village together.
“But it’s the older people that really worries me, not being able to get out.
“For some I’m the only person they see.
“The shop also delivers to older people and there are some who depend on me and the store especially in terrible winter weather when they can’t even get out for their milk.”
A woman who asked not to be named described the closure as a tragedy.
“She said Claire knows everyone by name and if someone hasn’t been seen for a while she’s able to ask around and check up on them. We are very worried, it will kill the village.”
Brackley and Towcester Advertiser -
Friday 22 October 2010