Post office calls time - for now
VILLAGERS in Sproughton are losing their post office – but it is expected to re-open shortly in the pub across the road.The current premises in Lower Street will close when postmaster Bob Wilkinson retires after seven years.
By Victoria Knowles
By VICTORIA KNOWLES
VILLAGERS in Sproughton are losing their post office – but it is expected to re-open shortly in the pub across the road.
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The current premises in Lower Street will close when postmaster Bob Wilkinson retires after seven years.
But though there will be no post office for a couple of months, it will reopen in The Wild Man pub.
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Licensee Matt Hudson and his partner Pamela Murray are looking forward to the challenge.
Mr Hudson said: "It will take a bit of time because there is a lot of red tape to get through. It will hopefully be in part of the building which is currently used for storage.
"We have been in the village since August and now we are really looking forward to this.
"It was a great opportunity and everyone is behind us.
"We grabbed the chance because it is such an important function of the village. It is just frustrating that it has to close at all while everything is sorted out."
Miss Murray, 23, will take over as postmistress when the move is completed.
Mr Wilkinson, who also owns the newsagents in Bramford, said he was looking forward to retiring.
He said: "I've been here seven years and now I just want to take it easy.
"It was very difficult to sell the house with the post office, so in the end we just had to sell the house.
"It is great that someone in the village is taking it over."
The post office in its current location will close on April 26.
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