A post office service is now available to the village of Charvil, three and a half years since its postmaster resigned and the franchise within a local convenience store was not continued.
A new mobile service will be run by the postmaster for Warborough, who has added the area to their rounds.
Between the hours of 8am and 9am every Wednesday villagers can access a number of post office services via the mobile unit which will be stationed outside of The Charvil Stores, 36 Park View Drive South, Charvil.
In his announcement letter to the Charvil community, Graham Brander network provision lead, said, “At the Post Office we are continually looking to refresh our network and ensure we meet our customer needs. I’m therefore pleased to let you know that we are planning to open a new Mobile Post Office service in your area.”
Parking for the mobile unit is available on the forecourt outside The Charvil Stores and roadside parking is also available nearby.
For wheelchair users and those needing extra mobility assistance, an electronic tailgate is there to avoid the step-up into the unit. There will also be a hearing loop.
Post Office services in the surrounding villages of Hurst and Twyford have also been irregular this year, leaving residents unsure of opening days and timings.
The Hurst Post Office is still looking for a permanent postmaster and has differing opening hours when a replacement postmaster is available and the Twyford Post Office was recently closed for four weeks, leaving villagers speculating on its future.
A spokesperson for the Post Office has since offered some clarity on the issue: “Twyford Post Office had been temporarily closed due to staffing issues, however, the branch has recently re-opened as usual.
“The store where Twyford Post Office is based has also recently changed hands.
“The new owner is also keen to become the Postmaster to operate this branch.”
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