Community Post Office Update - we are nearly there!!

Fantasic news on the fundraising front....we have passed the £13,000 barrier thanks to all of the amazing donations from the Haslemere community.  Remember you can still donate via one of our donation boxes around town, at Haslewey reception or via the donate button below. You can now also help every time you shop at Tesco.  Simply collect your blue counter at the check out and add it to the Haslewey Community Post Office box on your way out.

 

As always thank you for the continued support.

HASLEWEY RACE FOR NEW

COMMUNITY POST OFFICE

 

With a combined age of 118yrs, Haslewey Deputy Chairman, Ken Griffiths and Hon. Treasurer, Simon Bowyer – aka The Blister Twins! - will be undertaking the 10mile challenge of The Great South Run, held in Portsmouth, on Sunday 22nd October, to raise funds to kit out the new Haslewey Community Post Office with security and shop fitting requirements.

Situated just off Haslemere’s Lion Green, the eagerly awaited Haslewey Post Office is scheduled to open in early January 2018 to huge acclaim!  Enthusiastic local Volunteers, bucket shakers and generous donors have already raised just over £12,000 towards the target of £15,000 needed and, together with a wonderful fund-raising concert from The Waverley Ensemble - attended by over 80 local people - Blue Disc donations from Tesco and the recent “Donate and Eat Cake” stall at the Food Festival – this ambitious goal is now very much in sight.

“Although reasonably fit from walking long distances regularly, I have never actually run a race in my life and facing a ten-mile run when approaching 70, is a real challenge, but one that I am eager to complete!” said Ken. “However, I think it is no good asking people to donate money for something that won’t stretch me, so I am honoured to stride out for Haslemere and our new Haslewey Community Post Office!” 

“I have to say, I started my training with determination, but quite a lot of trepidation!” says Simon.  “However, my main motivation - encouraged enthusiastically by my running mate, “Community Ken” - is to raise vital funds to fit out the new Haslewey Post Office – something that the local Community, especially the elderly, desperately need.”

Both Ken and Simon would be so grateful if kindly people in Haslemere and surrounding villages could give their support by sponsoring them a little (or a lot!) so that they can donate towards Haslewey’s Charity Building Fund and get a Community Post Office back in the heart of Haslemere for good - and open for all!

Your support and donation will make all the difference.  Please visit the donation page at https://fundraise.charitycheckout.co.uk/haslewey/cf/The-Wey-Hill-Community-Post-Office or go to www.haslewey.org or call 01428 648716   Please also share this news on your Facebook page or Twitter feed and let’s get The Haslewey Community Post Office open for business!

GREAT NEWS!!!!!!!

WE'VE GOT THE GO AHEAD TO PROCEED WITH THE HASLEWEY POST OFFICE.

 

Now we have to fund the set up. If you would like to be a part of this amazing community venture and help make it possible, click on the link and donate as much as you can spare. Every little donated really will help us achieve our target to enable us to fund this vital community service. Thank you.

 

 

Haslewey Community Post Office

Haslemere Herald Article

Haslewey: Bring back our post office plea

in Community News

A CAMPAIGN to re-open Haslemere’s “lifeline” Lion Green Post Office, following its closure in March was launched on Tuesday.

Haslewey Community Centre, which is situated just over the road from the original sub-post office, is keen to host a new community post office and has appealed to residents to rally round in support.

Announcing Haslewey’s surprise bid, manager Kerry Morren Jeffs said: “We listened to the people of Wey Hill, who felt isolated without their local post office.

“We soon realised what a huge boost a community post office would be for the elderly and most vulnerable people in Haslemere.

“It would be conveniently located between Tesco and Marks and Spencer, while supporting local businesses which have also been impacted by the closure.

“People of all ages like having a local post office, because apart from the wide range of services they offer, it symbolises a unique focus on community life.

“A well-supported post office within Haslewey would be a lifeline for many people. Older people, families and business colleagues will be able to pay their bills, post items and take advantage of a range of other services, followed by lunch and a catch up with friends at the on-site Wey Terrace and Cafe, which is open to everyone.”

“This is what Haslewey is all about, supporting and benefiting the community.

“We would like to see a community post office run as a vital asset covering its own costs without the need for massive profits, while providing work placements and employment for local people. However, we will also need volunteers to make it viable.

“The public need to get behind us and show the powers that be at the Post Office, this is what the people of Wey Hill want.

“Haslewey is not grant funded and therefore may need to have a Crowdfunding page for the initial costs.

“We are encouraging everyone to like and share our Facebook page to raise awareness. There is also a petition of support at reception for locals to sign.”

Haslemere Mayor Sahran Abeysundara was one of the first to pledge his full support for the scheme and sign the petition, in the hope Haslewey’s bid will succeed.

The strength of feeling in support of retaining a post office in Wey Hill was demonstrated in January, when a last-ditch petition to save the branch, gathered more than 4,000 signatures.

Dedicated counter-staff continued to run the branch for almost a year in a boarded-off section, following the closure of the Co-op last July, while major building works to re-open the site as a new M&S was being built. Residents feared they had lost their sub-post office for good, when M&S said it would not continue have the branch and no one else came forward offering to take it on in Wey Hill.

Responding to Haslewey’s bid, a Post Office spokesman said: “There are a number of successfully-run community-run Post Offices across the UK.

“The post office element of most community-run ones is managed by a postmaster in the same way as most post offices are operated. However, a community-run post office is normally based within a community-run enterprise, usually a shop.

“This means in many respects the post office element itself is not very different to other post offices. However, in most cases there will be significantly more people involved in running the overall business than usual – it could include a postmaster, shop manager, management committee or board of directors, Post Office Ltd, volunteers and paid staff.”

• For more information and to back the Haslewey bid call Kerry or William on 01428 648716 or go to Haslewey’s Facebook page and like or share.

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Haslewey Community Centre,

Lion Green,

Haslemere,

Surrey,

GU27 1LD

 

Tel - 01428 648716

 

Email - info@haslewey.org

 

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Centre Manager:

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