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Peter Luff, MP for Mid Worcestershire officially opened the new Lower Moor Post Office®, at The Old Chestnut Tree Inn in Lower Moor this morning, Friday.

The new Post Office local service is incorporated in to the shop at The Old Chestnut Tree Inn and restores Post Office services following the closure of the previous branch in September 2010.

The venture launched by landlord Norman Clarke incorporates the branch into the shop which sells quality breads, cheeses, meats, drinks and other fresh goods all sourced from local producers. In addition the shop also sells newspapers and other day to day essential items.

Norman said;

“We are delighted to have opened a Post Office and shop within the Pub. When Jerry and Doreen retired last year closing the Post Office and shop, there was a huge sense of loss to the village. Opening the shop and Post Office in the pub has put the heart back into the community and has put the Old Chestnut Tree Inn at the centre of village life”

Peter Luff commented,

“It makes a pleasant change to be opening a Post Office for once rather than fighting a closure proposal. In Lower Moor an active community, a determined parish council and a really good pub landlord husband and wife team have come together to achieve precisely that.

“I was delighted by what I saw. I’m convinced it’s going to be a real success and play a big part in maintaining the community spirit of the village. And I expect this is one Post Office where no one will complain about having to queue – as long as they’re there at pub opening time! I wish the venture every success.”

A Post Office Ltd spokesman said,

“We are delighted to have appointed a new partner providing us the opportunity to incorporate Post Office services into The Chestnut Tree Inn. Our priority is to safeguard Post Office services to the local community in the longer term.

“Customers will benefit from a new, open-plan serving counter for Post Office products and services as well as retail transactions. The premises will also have level access with a wide door. Internally there will be space for a wheelchair and a hearing loop. The Post Office will have extensive opening hours that will include evenings, Saturday and Sunday.

Customers will have access to a wide range of Post Office products and services, including automated banking services, bill and budget payment schemes, Post Office card account, postal orders as well as postage for inland letters and packets (including Signed For and Special Delivery), inland parcels, international letters and packets to a maximum of 5kg or the individual country limit for small packets or printed papers.


Photo shows Peter Luff with Norman and Victoria Clarke and local well wishers at the opening

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