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‘Excellent news’ as Yetminster post office reopens

By Western Gazette - Sherborne  |  Posted: February 16, 2013

Tony and Karen Read, of Thornford, will re-launch the Yetminster post office and shop on Wednesday

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A REVIVED post office in Yetminster is set to reopen on Wednesday after it closed more than a year ago.

The outlet, at Sunnyside, will form part of a Spar shop and is extending its opening times by 38 hours a week.

Services will be available seven days a week as part of the new Post Office local scheme, allowing customers to make transactions during shop opening hours, from 7am to 7pm.

Simon Thompson, community action manager for Dorset Community Action, said it was excellent news for the village.

He said: “This has been long overdue for Yetminster. I very much hope local people will get behind the venture and support it.

“It’s great that the trading hours have been extended, which is an improvement on the service the village had before.”

The venture has been taken over by Thornford couple Tony, 55, and Karen, 53, Read.

Mr Thompson added: “I wish Mr and Mrs Read the best of luck. They are putting everything into this shop and I hope they are given every chance to make this a success.”

Tony Jones, Post Office regional network manager, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to appoint a new operator.”

“We understand how important having a post office is to residents in Yetminster and we are confident the Post Office local service will meet the needs of the community.”

Meanwhile changes are proposed for three other post offices in the Sherborne area.

Bradford Abbas Post Office, which closed temporarily in April after the sudden death of subpostmaster Mike Whitaker, could be relocated to the village hall, opening on Tuesdays between 2.30pm and 5pm and Thursdays between 2.30pm and 5pm.

Trent Post Office closed temporarily in November after the retirement of the subpostmaster.

It is proposed the services will be relocated to the village memorial hall, to open on Thursdays at 10am until midday.

Buckland Newton Post Office could relocate to the Gaggle of Geese. The opening times – Monday, Tuesday and Friday, between 10am and 1pm – will remain unaltered.

A public consultation on all three sites is taking place until March 19. To make a comment write to Freepost YOUR COMMENTS to Post Office Ltd, email comments@postoffice.co.uk, or call 08457 223344.

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