Its been quite a while since Post Office Ltd announced that the Montgomeryshire village of Abermule's Post Office was to close. Must admit that I've been disappointed that its proved impossible to reverse this decision. Abermule is a rapidly growing village, and local people are outraged that their Post Office is to close. So I'm very pleased that there's been an agreement to establish a 'partnership' arrangement between Abermule and the nearby Newtown Post Office, facilitating the continuation of Post Office services on the same site. Not what we wanted, but a damn sight better than the 'Mobile Van' that was proposed. To be fair to Post Office Wales, their representatives made it clear from the beginning that they were willing to consider a 'partnership'. The major benefit of this arrangement is that the same excellent people continue to provide the service.
The arrangement now agreed for Abermule is similar to that which was agreed at nearby Berriew, (where I live) following a public meeting (which I chaired) where we all decided we preferred it to the 'Mobile Van'. The main difference is that in Berriew, the local 'service supplier' is different, and its a different location. I know its taken a big commitment to learn the ropes. Whatever I'm really pleased that a service is to be retained at Abermule. I had been becoming increasingly concerned that this thriving village might have been left with no service at all.