Diocese of Manchester

    Church PO gets stamp of approval

    A post office has opened in St Peter’s Church in Belmont, providing a first class service for villagers.

    The rural village has seen its post office and shops close in recent years. So the church has stepped in to offer a full postal service in the building every Friday morning, which is proving very popular with local people and businesses.

    Regular customer, Dorothy, says she’d be really stuck without the new facility. “I come to the Post Office here in the church every Friday morning. It’s a great facility. I don’t drive and the bus is only every two hours so it would be very difficult to get to Bolton. I can also order a bacon barm from the little café while I’m here!”

    Travelling Sub-Postmaster, Richard Gregson, runs the Post Office which provides most of services of any high street PO: letters, parcels, cash deposits and withdrawals, car tax, payment of bills, and even foreign currency.

    Postmaster at Belmont Church

    Postmaster, Richard Gregson, said: “Most of the banks and rural Post Offices have gone and there is a need, especially with an ageing population, to get money and essential services. I really enjoy it. We’re not super busy so there is time to talk to the customers. Some of them might not speak to anyone from one week to the next. So it helps bring the community spirit together.”

    Ordained Local Minister, Revd Chris Jamieson, said: “The people at St Peter’s are very keen to be part of the community. The post office in the church is very well used, and we’ve got plans to develop the church building to create a community centre.”

    Although St Peter’s is one of the smallest parishes in the diocese, it has a good attendance at Sunday services and about 20 children in the Sunday school. We look forward to seeing how its ambitious plans to create a community centre work out.

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