Local MP Tessa Munt ‘cut the ribbon’ at the opening ceremony on Saturday to celebrate the launch of the new-look Gurney Slade Post Office.
Sub postmistress Karen Weller organised a community day to celebrate the official re-opening of the Post Office and shop.
People were invited to Gurney Slade Post Office to enjoy wine and cheese, coffee and cake and to take part in fundraising for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.
The revamp came about as part of Post Office plans to modernise the network and extend hours for customers. Customers now benefit from opening hours being extended by an extra 21 hours and 30 minutes a week.
Tessa Munt MP said:
“Gurney Slade Post Office is now a bright modern open plan branch and I am delighted to be here today to congratulate Karen Weller on her hard work and to formally declare the new Post Office open.
“The Post Office is vital to the community around Gurney Slade and I’m sure the new improved office, and the longer opening hours, will be warmly welcomed by local people.”
As part of the modernisation a small extension was added and three walls were knocked down to make better use of the space and to increase the size of the retail area.
Karen Weller said:
“Customers can’t believe that it is the same shop. It is bigger, brighter, more modern and airy, It looks great. Post Office customers can now enjoy much longer opening hours. I’d like to thank Tessa for taking time from her busy schedule to come here today. I’d also like to thank the local community for their continued support and use of the branch. I’d also like to make special mention of loyal member of staff Sheila Morris who has worked in the shop for 30 years.”
Laura Tarling, Post Office Senior Stakeholder Manager, said: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents around Gurney Slade and I am confident that this new modern Post Office will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future. This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office and marks a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”