'How will we cope without post office?'

PUBLISHED: 11:37 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:55 15 June 2010

WORRIED: Pat and Nigel Williams

WORRIED: Pat and Nigel Williams

NIGEL Williams, 83, is registered blind and his wife Pat, 80, can only walk a few yards with the aid of sticks.

NIGEL Williams, 83, is registered blind and his wife Pat, 80, can only walk a few yards with the aid of sticks.They have lived in Offwell for 18 years and are agonising over the possible loss of the village post office."It's a blooming nuisance," said Mrs Williams. "I find it difficult to walk further than a few yards, and that is with sticks!"Mr Williams, whose sight has been severely impaired through dry macular degeneration, an irreversible condition, can walk to Offwell Post Office, but says: "Any further would be difficult."Speaking to the Herald at their home in the village last Wednesday, Mr and Mrs Williams revealed they rarely venture into Honiton."We only went in twice last year and we used taxis," said Mrs Williams. "I can't get on a bus."Mr Williams depends on staff at the post office and shop to read shopping lists written by his wife. "I can't see labels," he said.The couple regularly shop by mail order and say the trek into Honiton will be almost impossible, if they want to send bulky items back."It was a shock that Offwell was on the post office closure list," said Mrs Williams.Mr Williams used to deliver Meals on Wheels to clients in rural areas before his eyesight failed him nine years ago."I had to give up and I can't drive, read or write anymore," he said.


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