Postal services welcomed back

Post Office services are returning to villages.
Post Office services are returning to villages.

Post Office services have been restored to villages in Northumberland.

A temporary mobile service has been introduced from Alnwick to the communities of Longhorsley, Whalton, Scots Gap and Stannington, with changes to the current mobile services in Beadnell, Bamburgh, Lowick, Doddington and Milfield.

Post Office field change advisor Ruth Barnes, said: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in the communities of Whalton, Longhorsley, Scots Gap and Stannington and since the closure of the above services we have continued to work to identify a solution to restore services to the local communities.

“Post Office has therefore introduced a temporary mobile outreach service we are confident this service will meet their needs, while we continue to seek a permanent solution. This is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office.”

The new services are: Whalton, outside Whalton Village Hall, Thursdays 11.15am to 12.15pm; Longhorsley, village hall car park, Drummonds Close, Thursdays 2.45pm to 4.25pm; Scots Gap, outside Methodist Church, Thursdays 1pm to 2pm; Stannington, Church Road, Thursdays 9am to 11am.

Changes have been made to current mobile Post Office services.

Beadnell: Near the Village Store, Harbour Road, Wednesdays 2.45pm to 4.45pm and Fridays 1.30pm to 3.10pm.

Bamburgh: Driveway at farm entrance, Bamburgh Hall, Church Street, Tuesdays 1.30pm to 2.30pm and Fridays 12.30pm to 1pm.

Lowick: White Swan Inn car park, Mondays 9am to 10.30am, Tuesdays 11am to 12.30pm; Wednesdays 9am to 10.30am and Fridays 10.30am to noon.

Doddington: Doddington Dairy car park, North Doddington Farm, Mondays 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

Milfield: Opposite Milfield Methodist Church, Wheatriggs, Mondays 12.45pm to 2.15pm, Tuesdays 9.15am to 10.45am, Wednesdays 12.45pm to 2.15pm and Fridays 9.15am to 10.15am.

In November 2013, the Government announced a £640million investment in the Post Office network, allowing some £20million to be spent on 3,400 community branches.