Village post office officially re-opened
A post office has reopened after a successful campaign to keep the service in the village.
There was a celebratory atmosphere at the official re-opening of the New Hartley Post Office and opening of O’so cafe.
Coun Susan Dungworth and Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell carried out the official opening duties.
There had been fears the Post Office would close after the previous postmaster announced plans to retire but no suitable operator could be found.
After discussions, Seaton Valley Council and New Hartley Community Association set up a Not for Profit Company to acquire the postmasters contract from Post Office Plc.
Following an 18-month process, the business transferred to New Hartley Community Services Ltd last month and Dirk Ord agreeing to run the cafe.
Funding for refurbishment work was secured through Seaton Valley Council, Coun Dungworth’s County Council Small Schemes Fund, Northumberland County Council’s Community Chest, The RW Mann Trust, Awards for All and Mr Ord.
A spokesperson said: “The rustic appearance of the refurbishment works provide a very comfortable environment for customers and all involved hope that residents and visitors will support the café and post office in the months and years to come.”
Coun Dungworth was delighted the company had been able to deliver its main purpose to retain post office services in New Hartley.