POST OFFICE CHRISTMAS NEWS

November 30, 2018

We have had warnings from our head office of the latest scams to con people.

One is when someone alleging to be from your bank, building society, tax office, police or other law enforcement agency, saying that you owe them money, and telling you to buy gift cards, iTunes vouchers or to buy Euro or other currency, and either give them the codes over the phone or they will send a courier/taxi to collect it. Another scam is allegedly from your bank telling you that your bank card will be collected by courier, and it’s been corrupted and they need to send another one. Another scam is someone calling to tell you that you are a suspect in a police investigation, and need to withdraw a large amount of money to avoid going to court! Please warn your family and protect any vulnerable people from these horrible people!

Christmas opening hours

We will be closing at lunchtime on Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve, and closed on Saturday 29th December. Otherwise we are open as usual in the run up the big day! Payments for tax credits, child benefits and other allowances will be paid into accounts on the previous working day if your payment day is on a  bank holiday! Emergency top ups for gas/electric may call my mobile 07825 154842. Don’t get cold please!

Last posting dates

Postal  services to Libya & Somali are suspended, while postal services to Canada are disrupted at the moment by strike action. We recommend extra early posting! Here are the last recommended posting dates:

  • 26th November – operational BFPO’s • 4th December – Africa & Middle East • 7th, Cyprus, Malta, Asia, Far East, Eastern Europe • 8th – Caribbean, Central & South America • 10th – Greece, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand • 14th – Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland & USA , static BFPO’s • 15th – Finland & Sweden • 17th – Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland • 18th – 2nd class inland, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg • 20th – 1st class inland & Parcelforce 48 • 21st – Parcelforce 24 • 22nd – Special Delivery.

Santa’s post box is up and running (Father Christmas, Santa’s Grotto, Reindeerland, XM4 5HQ). All letters to this address should be sent by 7th December, and you will need a stamp!

General info/Reminders

All non-EU parcels need a customs label on, all international airmail items need a blue airmail sticker on, all parcels & recorded items need the senders address on them, please do this BEFORE you get to the counter, the people behind you will appreciate that, we do not have time to stick all your stamps on for you, nor do we wrap or address your parcels unless you have a valid reason! Please don’t moan at us about the price of stamps, we know!

We have had a broken HTC phone handed in, and some money, if either of these could be yours, please pop in and give a description/ amount to claim them!

We have several ‘elf on a shelf’ ready for adoption, (in hiding for obvious reasons), lots of Christmas cards, paper, sticky tape & packaging supplies! Love from Karen & Maggie