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The Green Room hair and beauty salon in Rollesby has become home to the village Post Office. Hair stylists Michelle Tayt and Ali Symonds with Shelley Moore (centre) who runs the Post Office. Picture: James Bass
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
THEY may not be deemed traditional post office services but residents in Rollesby can now get a perm while collecting their pension and a trim when renewing their TV licence - after a counter opened in a village hair salon.
The enterprising pairing has been forged between the Post Office and the Green Room hairdressers after the village’s long-standing post office closed down.
No one stepped into the breach that was left when Stephanie Gallant retired as sub postmaster last year, leaving the village without the important service.
But staff from the Green Room have stepped up to the plate and now host a counter twice a week in their busy waiting area, which has been a hit with customers and allowed some to take care of their letters and locks at the same time.
Jacqueline Sayer, who owns the salon in the Hall Farm business park, said it was nice to be able to put the service back in the village.
“People are quite grateful. A lot of the older people come in and sit down and have a chat and like the company,” she added. “One or two elderly gentlemen have come through and had a quick haircut.”
The Green Room takes on its double role on a Tuesday and Friday morning and has been offering the service on a trial period for the last four months.
Shelley Moore runs the Post Office service in Rollesby but is normally based in Catfield.
She said working from the Green Room was a “very different experience” but it was lovely to meet a new set of people and she now has a regular customer base.
Shelley added: “It’s great for Rollesby to get their service back again and even though it’s only two days a week at the moment, potentially it could be more.
“It’s lovely working in there and everyone has been really pleased to see it return. A lot of people are wandering up to see me and not getting in their car to go to Martham.”
And Rollesby’s postal services have been given a further boost after a village pillar box was reinstated. The original letter box was removed when the Post Office closed but a new one returned earlier this month opposite the Green Room.
Rollesby parish council chairman Richard Tacon was “delighted” with the new box, which marked the return of full postal services to the village.
He said: “Rollesby has been without a post office for some time so now it is marvellous to announce we have a post box and an outlet. We hope that as many people as possible who pass this area will be able to make use of these facilities.”