New post office officially open

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A new post office counter has officially opened in a village two years after the previous subpostmaster resigned.

The new outreach service in Upper Boddington Village Hall on two days a week was trailed earlier in the summer, but has now become permanent.

Upper Boddington Post Office closed in June 2011 due to the resignation of the subpostmaster.

The outreach service involves a subpostmaster from Woodford Halse Post Office, a nearby ‘core’ office, visiting at fixed times to offer service from a ‘host’ location.

The Post Office ran a six-week consultation with residents of the village over the new service and even opened the counter up to customers in late June to allow them to see how it would work and what services were on offer.

That consultation ended on July 3 and a decision to continue with the counter service was announced last week, which means the trail service can now continue on a permanent basis.

Boddington is several miles from the nearest Post Office, and like many villages struggles with public transport.

Post Office regional network manager (south), Julia Marwood, said: “We understand how important having a post office is to residents in Upper Boddington and we are confident that the hosted outreach service will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future. The Post Office had made a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”

The new service will run at Upper Boddington Village Hall, Warwick Road Upper, Boddington , Daventry, NN11 6DH, on Tuesdays from 2pm to 4pm, and on Fridays from 10am to noon.

The Post Office, now independent of Royal Mail, is the largest retail network in the UK, with more than 11,500 branches.