Bad news about the Post Office. The mobile service will continue and we won’t be getting a counter in the shop. Post Office Limited have decided, after a review their services in the area, that the weekday lunchtime van will continue. Ironically they are also proposing that the van should call at Simonburn. If you remember that was our nearest permanent Post Office when the Humshaugh closure was announced in July 2008. Very controversially Simonburn has been “temporarily closed” since then and now it looks likely to suffer the same fate as ours although villagers may get fewer visits from the van than we do.
Post Office Limited’s Network Development Manager Jane Briginshaw said in her response to our request for a partner service in Humshaugh Village Shop: “I have made the decision to retain the current arrangement, with the mobile Post Office counter service continuing to provide a weekday daily service to Humshaugh. We will shortly be going into public consultation to propose some limited changes to the current timetable on the Stocksfield mobile route to incorporate a service point for Simonburn, and also one at Mickley Square. Althought the Post Office service will not operate from within the shop, I believe its presence in the community each weekday provides residents with access to services, which they might otherwise leafve the village for. I hope as a result the two services can be complimentary within the village.”
We had also asked for changes in the times of the mobile service, possibly to include Saturdays. That request has been rejected too. The Post Office says it will continue to look at whether changes could be made in the future.
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During the heavy snow and plunging temperatures in December and January Humshaugh Village Shop certainly came into its own. While many people couldn’t make it out of the village on four wheels plenty made it to the shop on two wellies, skis or toboggans.
Some of the deliveries were even made by sledge as the main street became too slippery for most drivers. Even the volunteer staff resorted to skis when the going got tough.
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