A revamped village post office is due to open next month, with a free bus service set up to take villagers to and from the site.
The modern and open-planned post office in Stowupland, which opens on August 11, is currently being set up at Mr Allard’s Farm Butchery on the outskirts of the village, 1.2 miles away from the current branch.
A free bus, organised by the Post Office, will run on Monday and Wednesday mornings to transport customers to the new location.
The new postmaster, 23-year-old Anna Bloom, said she was thrilled to be taking on the challenge.
“It’s really exciting, the counters go in next week,” she said.
“We have got a café coming to Mr Allard’s too and a larger butchers and retail area.
“I manage the farm butchery and the farm shop at the moment but the post office will be a challenge.
“To be honest there were some concerns from residents how far we will be away from the centre of the village but there has been an extra bus route paid on Monday and Wednesday mornings to help.
“This means people can use the service, have a cup of tea and get back to their homes by bus.
“It will be 100 times better than it is at the moment.”
Will Russell, Post Office regional network manager, said: “We understand how important having a post office is to residents in Stowupland and we are confident this new modern post office service will meet the needs of the local community in Stowupland and the outlying communities and secure services for the future.”
Will said the modernisation was part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office, which marked its commitment to no more branch closures.“