December 6 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 16, 2013
A Norfolk village has got its post office back after going without a local branch for four months when the couple who ran it retired.
Services have restarted at Tasburgh Village Hall every Tuesday and Thursday after the previous post office and shop, run by Peter and Denise La Costa in Church Road, closed on April 4.
The sub-postmaster at Mulbarton Post Office has agreed to run a branch from the hall between 9.30am and 12.30pm on Tuesdays and 1.30pm and 4.30pm on Thursdays.
The return of the post office was welcomed by Dave Moore, chairman of Tasburgh Parish Council, who said villagers needed the facility so they did not have to travel to neighbouring villages, such as Long Stratton, to collect pension money, which was difficult for older customers.
He added: “The village hall have been very good in terms of offering accommodation for the post office to be there. When we knew the postmaster was retiring from the business, he gave a presentation to the parish council in which he said he just could not get someone to take over.
“So of course we are very supportive of any initiatives like this that enable the post office to operate, even if it is for a reduced time.”
Tony Lacey, a trustee of the village hall, said trustees were approached about setting up an “outreach facility” for Tasburgh, which they agreed to and the new post office began running last week.
He added: “There are lots of people in the village who have to use the post office to post cheques and withdraw their pension. and without it they would have to go miles out of their way to get all their money and things.”
Mr La Costa and his wife, who are both Jehovah’s Witnesses, retired to concentrate on their religious work.
He had said his post office was used mainly as a bank by villagers due to the decline in the number of High Street banks in villages.
The shop also provided milk, papers, eggs, bread, fruit and other convenience foods.