Divine intervention!

The new post office in Roberttown's Faith, Hope and Charity shop. Pictured are Alison Wallace from Post Office services, Peter and Marion ...and the Rev Richard Burge

The new post office in Roberttown's Faith, Hope and Charity shop. Pictured are Alison Wallace from Post Office services, Peter and Marion ...and the Rev Richard Burge

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A Post Office hopes its new lease of life will be first class.

Roberttown has been without a Post Office for around five years but now the church has delivered a helping hand.

All Saints Church is letting the Post Office have space in its Faith Hope and Charity shop in the heart of the village.

“It is wonderful to see the Post Office back in the village again!” said the vicar, the Rev Richard Burge, who was the first customer to use the new Post Office counter.

The Post Office will be open on Tuesdays from 1.30pm-3.30pm and on Thursdays from 10am-noon.

Postmistress Marion Davidson said: “We look forward to welcoming customers who would like to do their Post Office business. We can help people with all the usual services they find in their local Post Office.”

The Post Office will have its official opening on Thursday, Valentine’s Day, but is already open for business. Spen MP Mike Wood, who has supported the campaign to bring the Post Office back to Roberttown, will declare the new service open.

“This time of year is perfect for a Post Office to open,” said Mr Burge, “just in time to send your Valentine cards! And having the Post Office in the shop here in the village is ideal. Anyone can come along and do all their local shopping and now get their stamps, post their parcels and withdraw cash free of charge from most major banks.”