Villagers in the Norfolk village of Eaton can now visit their local pub for a pint – and to post parcels – at the Cellar House, in Eaton Street.
It comes after residents voted overwhelmingly in support of the project, following news that their local postmaster would retire, forcing closure of the local branch – and it was publican Victoria MacDonald’s initial interest in taking on the local Post Office that helped her win the national prize at Enterprise Inns’ 2015 Community Heroes Awards.
She said: “We’re so pleased to have taken on what is ultimately an invaluable service in the community. Our local branch officially closed the day before ours opened, so nobody went a day without a post office.
“In its new location, visitors benefit from longer opening hours, in addition to improved parking, on-site toilets and baby-changing facilities. What’s more, they can grab a drink and a bite, too.”
The bulk of the project has been funded by the Post Office, with help from organisation Pub is The Hub, which helps pubs looking to broaden their community services.
Pub is The Hub advisor Terry Stork said: “The new facility at The Cellar House extends the pub’s important role in the community, and I’m sure everyone would like to thank the Post Office for having the confidence to back this project. We are, of course, delighted to have helped, and have presented Victoria with a Pub is The Hub plaque, in recognition of her investment in local people.
“Not only has she taken on the Post Office, but she helps cycling and knitting clubs, offers support to disabled visitors, and sponsors local football and cricket teams, as well as various other charity events.”
The new Post Office at The Cellar House opens from 10am to 8pm Monday to Thursday, 9am to 6pm on Fridays, 9.30am to 6pm on Saturdays, and 9.30am to 12pm on Sundays.
A comprehensive range of services will be available, including: standard postal services, bill payments, car tax, foreign currency, transfers and One4all gift cards.