It’s true to say Post Offices come in all shapes, sizes and sometimes unusual locations. Postmaster Craig Greenhalgh from Burscough Bridge Post Office provides eight Outreach services to communities across Lancashire. They were filmed recently by the BBC local news.
Craig’s colleague Richard Gregson makes the weekly 130 mile trip across Ormskirk, Wheelton, Bolton, Southport and Chorley.
The Outreach service provides a combined total of 41 hours of Post Office service a week, providing vital access to communities right on their doorstep.
Richard said, “…it’s a lovely community here, it’s very rural, they need this sort of service to survive really.”
BBC North West visited two of the communities the outreach Post Office serves: St Peter’s Church in Bolton and the Hare & Hounds Public House in Chorley, featuring them on the TV and radio news bulletins.
Thanks to BBC News for granting permission to share their video clip
On the TV, BBC NW is seen by around 300,000-400,000 viewers in the evening and on BBC Radio Lancashire, they’ll have reached around 160,000 listeners, giving the outreach service great publicity with local people.