A family of four rescued their local post office near Bath and have seen it thrive ever since.
When the Godwin-Brown family took over the Marshfield branch in 2020, they kept it from disappearing forever.
Angela Godwin-Brown, 57, said: “Until last year the post office was at the back of the butcher shop and he decided to retire.
“It was going to be closed and no one would take it. We have an off-road motorcycle shop with a huge unit, so we said we were going to give it a try.”
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She added: “I was fired at the start of the pandemic and then fired, so this was a new opportunity. I have no post office experience at all and on top of that , we inherited three other post offices. as well as “
Angela’s husband Alan, 59, and son Thomas, 39, together run the motorcycle shop, while daughter Katherine recently quit a job in Saltford to take over the post.
Katherine and her mother Angela (Image: Angela Godwin-Brown)
“The old post office was tiny, it was right behind the butcher’s shop. We modified our store to accommodate it and spent a lot of money to build a mezzanine.
“We’ve also opened a small store, selling local produce, and we have a take-out coffee machine and picnic tables outside,” Angela said.
Inside the Marshfield Post Office (Image: Angela Godwin-Brown)
But it was not all the plane for the post office family. Just two months ago, they were woken up by the sound of the store alarm.
Ms Godwin-Brown said: “10 boys came with a stolen truck and raided the store. They were trying to steal the bikes and the alarm went off. We could see them through the CCTV on the my husband’s phone, crashing into the store.
“We only live five minutes away, so we went upstairs in our pajamas. They ran away, but they set a car on fire before they left and I thought the whole place was going to climb.
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Emergency services were there within minutes and the store and post office survived, Angela said. Despite the shock, she was happy that they had saved the Marshfield Post Office from permanent disappearance.
“All of this happened during a pandemic, but it opened up a whole new life for us,” she said.
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This notice was published: 2021-05-24 16:24:21