A post office service is now available to the village of Charvil, three and a half years after the postmaster resigned and the franchise was not continued within a local store.
The new mobile service will be operated by the Warborough Postmaster General, who have added the area to their tours.
Between 8 am and 9 am every Wednesday, villagers will have access to a number of post office services via the mobile unit which will be stationed outside Charvil Shops, 36 Park View Drive South, Charvil.
In his announcement letter to the Charvil community, President of Network Provision Graham Brander said: “At the Post Office, we are constantly looking to modernize our network and ensure we meet the needs of our customers. So I am pleased to tell you that we plan to open a new mobile post office service in your area.”
Parking for the mobile unit is available in the forecourt outside Charvil Shops and roadside parking is also available nearby.
For wheelchair users and those who need additional assistance with mobility, there is an electronic tailgate to avoid boarding the unit. There will also be a listening session.
Post office services in the neighboring villages of Hurst and Twyford have also been erratic this year, leaving residents unsure of working days and times.
Hurst Post Office is still looking for a permanent postmaster and has different opening hours when a replacement postmaster becomes available and Twyford Post Office has recently closed for four weeks, leaving villagers to speculate on its future.
A Post Office spokesperson has since provided some clarity on the issue: “Twyford Post Office has been temporarily closed due to staffing issues, however, the branch has recently reopened as normal.
The shop where Twyford Post Office is located has recently changed hands too.
“The new owner is also keen to become Postmaster General to run this branch.”
The Post Office has over 11,500 branches in the UK with 4,000 branches open seven days a week. It aims to provide 99.7 percent of the population with access to a post office within three miles.
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