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Joking aside, and I guess a lot depends on how much the current postpeople are asking for the business element (note that the premises are leased)......this could well be an attractive opportunity for someone?....particularly if the shop comes with accommodation?

 

 

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I lived on the bottom of Mill Hill in the early 80s. One of my friend's parents ran the post office, but disposed of it as, even back then, it wasn't very viable commercially (they took Tidings on instead).

Unfortunately, it's an unavoidable fact that we use post offices less and less and it's an increasingly small number of older people who rely upon it. You've also got Ludham and Hoveton post offices in close proximity either side. Counters don't need big glass barriers these days so, if there is a significant need for the local population, it could probably be accommodated with a small counter in Tidings.

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34 minutes ago, dom said:

I lived on the bottom of Mill Hill in the early 80s. One of my friend's parents ran the post office, but disposed of it as, even back then, it wasn't very viable commercially (they took Tidings on instead).

Unfortunately, it's an unavoidable fact that we use post offices less and less and it's an increasingly small number of older people who rely upon it. You've also got Ludham and Hoveton post offices in close proximity either side. Counters don't need big glass barriers these days so, if there is a significant need for the local population, it could probably be accommodated with a small counter in Tidings.

You may well be correct dom, but there are thousands of sub post masters in the UK who make a living and provide a valuable service to their community. And I would have thought it is a somewhat more attractive proposition than taking on one of the struggling Broadland pubs that have been discussed here recently?

Also discussed recently has been the lack of opportunities for young locals which is driving them away from where they were brought up. 

Just saying.........

 

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Our local sub post office used to be at the back of the shop as a separate section with full glass screens etc. Now, same shop, it's part of the till area with partial glass screens so that staff can multi task.

I wonder how they make anything from parcels which I can pay for online cheaper, then take there for them to print the label and keep it for collection? They take Evri parcels now too in understand.

They can't be making a fortune but fair play to them for making a living and giving experience to youngsters.

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3 hours ago, bucket said:

You may well be correct dom, but there are thousands of sub post masters in the UK who make a living

Are they though? The one in my village is teetering on the brink of closure. The one in a neighbouring village has closed. Seemingly the only way they can survive is combining postal services with a wide range of other goods. Even Hoveton has suffered this fate. The Post Office used to be on the precinct corner opposite Hotel Wroxham. It's had to move into the supermarket to survive. Wroxham post office is long, long gone, as are Coltishall, Scottow, Tunstead, etc.

I'd concur with your views about employment, etc though. I'd ardently oppose it being converted into another holiday let or permanent housing. Someone needs to find an inventive use. Hair and beauty seems to be thriving now post-pandemic. I can't think of anything along those lines in Horning and there's plenty of wealthy potential customers? The shop next door used to be a butchers (another school mate did an apprenticeship there) and was most recently a flight-sim business, which I think has failed. Not sure if it's still vacant, but the two premises together could make a nice barber and hairdresser, or hairdresser and nail bar? My village is probably comparable size, but sustains a hairdresser, barber and nail bar. The barber drives a Porsche, so they're obviously not facing bankruptcy any time soon!

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15 hours ago, Bluebell said:

How about the PO moving into the pub? Maybe the two struggling types of businesses could share the overheads and make a go of it…😎

 

1 hour ago, eddybear said:

Naughty but clever :default_biggrin:

I've just noticed, and I may be the only one, but are you two twins? I'm looking at your pics above.

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14 hours ago, rightsaidfred said:

Living in London I would say my local  Post Office only survives from locals selling on ebay etc. With so much on line these days and the cost the old trade in postal services is long gone.

Fred

 

As all of our banks have now high tailed it to the hills here in Beccles, my local post office is a boon , I can get cash, pay in cheques as well as the usual post officy things like stamps etc.     

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Our post office is   excellent, Along side the post office they sell all manner of stationary items , greetings cards and small gifts, bric -a - brac etc. At Christmas they will offer to put the stamps you have just bought  on the pile of Christmas cards  they see you carrying. It recently changed hands after the postmistress died of covid  during the   epidemic. The previous incumbents were also very good.

 

Carole

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