Village gets post office

A special outreach post office is being proposed for a village two years after its branch closed its doors.

The Post Office has published proposals to operate a counter in Boddington Village Hall two days a week.

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

Since then Post Office says it has been trying to find an alternative way of providing its services to the village and nearby residents. And now it has reached an agreement for this outreach service.

The service will be run by the subpostmaster from Woodford Halse Post Office, and the proposed times are Tuesdays from 2pm to 4pm, and Fridays from 10am to noon.

Customers will have access to the same range of services as their village post office used to offer. The village hall is 800 metres from the old post office and has a dedicated parking area.

The Post Office is now asking customers for their comments on the move in a consultation ending on July 3.

Post Office regional netword manager for central England, Adrian Wales, 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 has made a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”

During the consultation period the village hall post office counter will be open for one session on June 28.