Little Common Post Office reopens on 40th anniversary

pening of Little Common Post Office. Little Common school council pictured with L-R Back Row: Louise Moor (Asst Head Little Common School), Cllr Tom Graham, Steve Fenton (Sub-Postmaster), Linda Graham (wife of Cllr Graham) and local resident Margaret Cull-Candy.

pening of Little Common Post Office. Little Common school council pictured with L-R Back Row: Louise Moor (Asst Head Little Common School), Cllr Tom Graham, Steve Fenton (Sub-Postmaster), Linda Graham (wife of Cllr Graham) and local resident Margaret Cull-Candy.

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Little Common Post Office reopened on the 40th anniversary of the postmaster’s family running the branch on Wednesday (October 7).

Steve Fenton’s grandfather Clifford took on the branch on Peartree Lane in 1975 and then handed the reins to Steve’s dad Ron in 1978.

School children queue up at the branch. Picture by: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com

School children queue up at the branch. Picture by: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com

The baton continued to be passed from father to son when Steve became postmaster 15 years ago.

Steve was impressed by the modernisation of the Post Office, which he undertook.

“This has been a huge transformation of the branch as there were many original features from when the Post Office opened in these premises 50 years ago,” he said.

“Everything has been modernised including our retail area for cards and stationery.

“The branch now looks light and bright and welcoming.

“We have two screened counters where the counters always were, but we also have an open-plan counter near the front.”

Little Common Post Office is now a ‘main-style’ branch meaning service is provided from three modern serving positions.

There are two modern screened counters and an open-plan counter, which are open Monday to Saturday: 9am – 5.30pm.

This is an extra 13 hours and 30 minutes of service a week including Wednesday and Saturday afternoon.

The branch also no longer closes at lunchtime.

Rother District cllr Tom Graham cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of new-look Post Office.

“I am delighted to be here today to officially open this great looking new-style branch and to sincerely thank the Fenton family for their loyal service running Little Common Post Office over three generations,” he said.

“This is a big investment and improvement.

“The extra opening hours will make it easier for customers to visit as the branch no longer closes for lunch and is now open on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.”

The branch had been closed for two weeks while the work was done.

Post Office area manager Keith Long said: “This modernisation of Little Common Post Office is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office.

“The investment marks a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.

“We are making it easier for customers to get their cash, send and collect their mail and do their banking because we know how important these services are to local residents.

“The Postmaster also decided to refurbish his whole store at the same time.”

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