Aerial view from the church around the Wiltshire village of Bromham in Wiltshire, near to the towns of Calne, Melksham, Devizes and Chippenham

Celebration as village wins back its Post Office

By Bromham Webmaster, Oct 20 2016 08:31PM

The Post Office is to have its third new home in as many years after it first moved from New Road to Bromham Stores and then closed in June, 2015. Now campaigners, who refused to give up hope of the village having its own Post Office again, have been told a deal has been done which will see it open in the Social Centre.

Parish councillor Sue Skelt said: "We are delighted that after a year of not having a Post Office we have an agreement to set up an outreach service twice a week in the Social Centre. This should start on November 14."

She said that months of negotiation had led to the part-time service which will allow the Post Office to open on Mondays from 2pm to 4pm and Wednesdays from 9.30am to 11.30am.

The village will share a postmaster with Avebury and Foxham but Mrs Skelt said people were delighted with the compromise. She said: "At the moment we have nothing so this is good news. It has taken a lot of work and we are very pleased that the Social Centre has agreed it can be based there."

Social Centre committee member Pete Davis, 70, who has lived in the village all of his life, said: "It is brilliant. It has been very difficult for people, especially the elderly and those without cars.

"It is good that it will be open on Monday afternoons as that will coincide with the Monday Club which meets in the Social Centre so people can use the service at the same time."

Mrs Skelt said: "This service has been desperately needed in the village and we trust it will be well supported on the available days in order to keep it up and running.

"The venue will also be close to the village shop, butchers and The Greyhound providing all facilities in the heart of the village."

People will be able to use a wide range of services including pension payments, electronic bill payments, parcel post and cash deposits.

Problems started for the Post Office in Bromham when postmaster David Price retired in 2013 after 16 years in the job. It moved into the village shop but owners Adrian and Thea Dunn said they could not make it pay and after 16 months they closed it leaving villagers having to travel to Bath Road, Devizes.

Gazette and Herald - Thursday 20 October 2016

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View from the tower of SAt Nicholas Church, Bromham, Wiltshire