Woodlands to lose post office

Carol Wells at Woodlands PO NNL-160508-112234001
Carol Wells at Woodlands PO NNL-160508-112234001

The busy post office on Woodlands will finish on August 24 – despite the postmaster telling bosses nearly two years ago she wanted to retire.

So Carol Wells, who owns the business with husband Jeff, will say goodbye with a heavy heart, knowing anyone wanting a post office will have to trek to Bilton village, Dunchurch or Kingsway.

“I feel really sorry for the people of this estate. Some of them can’t walk as far as the other post offices.”

The remainder of the shop’s business will carry on without the post office but the Wells have sold the building and the rest will close when contracts are exchanged, at a date as yet unknown.

The official announcement from The Post Office describes the closure as temporary but there is no alternative in place at present.

It also says it has been brought about by the resignation of the postmaster but Carol says that gives a false impression and she has written a message to customers, which is on display in the shop.

It says: “I would like to make it perfectly clear in order to retire I had to resign.

“I did not withdraw the premises from The Post Office, I sold my own building.

“I informed The Post Office I wanted to retire on November 8, 2014, enough time I’m sure to sort it out.”

So she sees it as a disappointing end to her 31-year career with The Post Office, the last 16 at Woodlands and before that at the main office in Albert Street in the town centre.

She said: “It’s a very busy office, we get loads of eBay and lots of parcels.

“I’ll miss all the people, 16 years is a long time.”

But she says at age 67 she is seven years past her retirement age and ready to make the change.

With family all around – including a daughter who runs Dunchurch Post Office – they will be staying local.

She added: “We got ourselves a bungalow in Hillmorton last year.

“I’m going to have six months of complete rest and then at Easter decide what I want to do.”