Earls Colne Post Office set to move along High Street

Post Office. Picture: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Post Office. Picture: Rui Vieira/PA Wire - Credit: PA

A village post office is set to move into a DIY supplies store.

Earls Colne Post Office will open at the Fork Andles store on March 17 at 1pm.

The move along the High Street comes as the current postmaster Keith Edwardsis retiring.

Peter and Jenny Lewis, owners of Fork Andles, have agreed to take on the service which will now run for longer – including all day on Sunday – as it matches the store’s opening hours.

The current branch will close on March 16 at 5.30pm, and people wishing to use a post office for the short period of closure are advised to go to the Halstead branch situated within WH Smith.

Will Russell, regional manager for the Post Office, said: “We understand how important having a post office is to residents in Earls Colne and we are confident this new modern service will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.

“This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office and marks a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”

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The move has been backed by the parish council.

The new branch will be open from 8am-6.30pm Monday-Friday, 8.30am-6.30pm on Saturdays, and 10am-4pm on Sundays, with services provided from the shop counter rather than a separate part of the store.