We had no option, says Lavenham ex-postmistress

THE trial of a new post office scheme in Lavenham comes after two years of fighting to keep the service in the village.

Two weeks ago, the Free Press revealed that the post office in the High Street is set to be relocated to Lavenham Pharmacy in a bid to safeguard the service.

The move, which is subject to public consultation and still has to be approved, will give residents access to post office facilities for longer hours – in line with the pharmacy opening times – and prevent the service being lost.

Beverley Hemsby, who ran the post office with her husband Nigel until recently, said the couple chose to leave the role after Mr Hemsby developed health problems.

“We did not just simply resign – it was something we had to do,” said Mrs Hemsby.

“I tried for two years to find someone else to run the post office and ensure it was still in the village.

“Hopefully what is being planned will allow that.”

The consultation into the proposals will run until March 6.

Residents who want to have their say should email consultation@postoffice.co.uk.

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