Ludlow MP Re-opens Bromfield Post Office

Opening of the Bromfield Post Office

Philip Dunne, MP for Ludlow, officially relaunched the Bromfield Post Office this morning, Thursday 27th September 2007, in its new converted barn premises at the Ludlow Food Centre, off the A49, two miles outside of Ludlow town.

Under threat of closure for the past twelve months, the Bromfield village Post Office has been given a new lease of life by the Earl of Plymouth Estates, owners of the Food Centre, despite uncertainty over its long term future. The Government is set to make further cutbacks to the rural Post Offices network throughout 2008 and Bromfield will remain subject to review, rendering its position as vulnerable as other county sites.

Determined to fight for the right to keep their local amenities, the Estate team, led by Food Centre manager Sandy Boyd, have invested thousands into developing the old farm buildings and the Post Office now forms part of the burgeoning shopping and visitor attraction, which includes the popular Conservatory Barn Café.

Three times the size of the old site, the Post Office offers a full range of counter services, a newsagents and convenience store selling freshly baked bread, cakes, milk, preserves and other local produce from the Ludlow Food Centre alongside eco-friendly cleaning products, handmade greetings cards, gifts, stationery and everyday groceries. There is ample free parking and excellent disabled access with additional aids for the visually impaired.

After cutting the tape to officially open the doors, Philip Dunne chatted to Postmistress Sally Yapp and newsagent Doug Andrews while enjoying an estate reared Gloucester Old Spot bacon roll made with freshly baked bread and homemade ketchup. He says, ‘This is an important vote of confidence in the future of rural Post Offices by the Earl of Plymouth Estate in the face of next year’s Post Office cuts. This outlet is an added attraction to the Ludlow Food Centre and a pleasant and convenient place for local people and visitors to stop and shop.’

Suki Sidhu, Network Change Advisor with Post Office Ltd, helped set up the new site and says, ‘Sandy and his staff have worked wonders in transforming this dilapidated building into a modern facility for the local community. It has everything you need, is easy to get to and is now open five days a week instead of just three.’

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