Show your support and sign the petition to bring the Post Office back to Wey Hill
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
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
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.