We are back to our normal opening hours again, including Saturday mornings, 9.30 to 12, hopefully my leg will improve from now on!
Thank you for being patient with us! I’m not allowed to stand up for too long, but I’m allowed to walk or sit with my leg up, so if you see me dancing about, just join in!
Our big news this month is that Barclays Bank have decided that from January 8th, their personal banking customers can not use the Post Office network to withdraw cash, although cheque & cash deposits will continue as usual, & business accounts are not affected. The Post Office network are extremely angry about this, and have set up online petitions, but urge customers to contact Barclays to make a complaint if they wish to, I will be closing my accounts & changing bank provider.
You may also have read or seen the news that Royal Mail workers have voted to strike over pay & conditions, this will obviously cause disruption to the collection & deliveries before Christmas, so post early! Happier news is that we have the absolutely gorgeous Gruffalo stamps in stock, & the Paddington Bear 50p, (Paddington station, Buckingham palace & Tower of London) we haven’t got the new St Paul’s Cathedral ones yet, but will keep some back when we get a delivery, for collectors! Christmas 2019 stamps go on sale on Tuesday 5th November, they are a ‘stylised version of the nativity’ apparently. One of them looks like an ultrasound picture to me, but I’ve ordered extra, pretty ones for the alternative option!
Most of the recommended posting dates for surface mail to far flung destinations has passed, but if you’re quick they may get there in time. Otherwise most of the other international posting dates are in December, although overseas BFPOs are late November.
“Christmas Tree” fund post boxes will be in most village establishments from late November, with the last post on 15th December & sorting & delivery just after that. I still have a few roads & lanes that need a postie, just let me know if you can help. All money donated will go towards paying for the tree on top of the church in Blewbury, whilst the Upton post money will go to a project at St Mary’s.
My usual reminder that sometimes it’s very hard to see pedestrians & cyclists around the villages in the dark evenings & mornings, please wear some reflective items, & check your bike lights are working properly, too many cyclists seem to forget that a bike needs static lights by law, & the ‘flashy’ ones are an extra, not the main light! Please also remember that fireworks at night are a real nuisance to pet owners, families with young children or older people who are tucked up in bed, and are woken up by loud bangs & whizzy things, we can cope with one night, but when it goes on every night for weeks, it’s very annoying! Love from Karen and Maggie xx