• First-class! Markey builds new village post office

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    Grand opening of Cromhall Post Office


  • A Gloucestershire village has a new Post Office and village shop thanks to work carried out by Markey Construction The project, which also saw the building of three affordable homes, was the result of a 20-year campaign by residents in Cromhall.

    Previously housed in a portacabin, the rural shop has survived over the years, and against the odds, thanks to a committed team of volunteers from the shop association and a series of temporary licences.

    In 2011 Merlin Housing Society, working in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council, agreed to build the community a permanent home
    for its shop and appointed Markey Construction to carry out the work.

    Richard Dudgeon, Managing Director of Markey Construction, said: “It’s a fantastic development that will benefit the community for decades
    to come. Our team is proud to have been associated with it.”

    Merlin’s Chair of its Board, Andrew Frayling said: “We’re delighted to have been able to save this rural shop and Post Office from an
    unknown future. It’s a testament to the community’s hard work and tenacity that Cromhall now has a permanent home for its much-loved community shop. The development also means we’ve managed to provide three new families with much-needed affordable homes in the village.”

    The Post Office’s Regional Network Manager, Julia Marwood, said: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in
    Cromhall and we are absolutely delighted that the village now has a permanent, purpose-built new Post Office and village shop.”

    More than 50 people attended an event to mark its opening. The development was declared open by local resident David Bennett,
    who’s lived in the village all his life and worked in the shop into his 90s. The community then enjoyed a performance from the Royal Mail Choir, while their children met guest of honour, Postman Pat.

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