Hat-trick of Post Offices saved

Sue Gothard and the Nutley Arms
Sue Gothard and the Nutley Arms

A Ridgewood sub post-mistress has come to the rescue of three Post Offices forced to close in the area.

Sue Gothard will run Nutley, Isfield and High Hurstwood Post Office branches as hosted outreach offices.

This is where a subpostmaster from a core post office visits a community at fixed times to offers service from a ‘host’ location.

Nutley Post Office, which closed in May 2007, has re-opened at The Nutley Arms, Fords Green, on Tuesdays from 10am to noon.

Isfield Post Office, which closed in December 2008, is now at Holly Gap Farm Shop, Station Road, Isfield, on Thursdays from 10am to noon.

Hurstwood Post Office will operate from High Hurstwood Village Hall, Chillies Lane, on a Tuesday 2pm to 4pm.

The service was due to close this month because of the resignation of the subpostmaster but there was no temporary closure because of Sue’s offer to run an outreach service.

Post Office regional network manager – south, Julia Marwood, said: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in rural communities in the Uckfield area and we are confident that these hosted outreach service will meet the needs of the local communities and secure services for the future.

“The Post Office had made a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”

The Post Office, now independent of Royal Mail, is the largest retail network in the UK, with more than 11,500 branches.

It is one of the fastest growing financial services companies.