Offwell shop is a Post Point

PUBLISHED: 11:58 09 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:44 15 June 2010

RESIDENTS at Offwell are rising above a blow to village life following the loss of their post office.

RESIDENTS at Offwell are rising above a blow to village life following the loss of their post office.They are supporting a Post Point service, introduced at Offwell's community shop just days after the post office was axed.Offwell Parish Council has paid Royal Mail to continue collecting letters and parcels from the community shop. Collections are once-a-day, five days-a-week.Beryl Hounsome, chairman of Offwell Rural Services Association (ORSA), said: "We still do all the things we used to do as far as mail is concerned - special deliveries, recorded delivery and parcels. "We've bought our own special scales for weighing the post."The shop also sells books or sheets of stamps, and can give ORSA members cashback of up to £60."Anybody can use the mail service - and there's free parking right outside the shop's door.Mrs Hounsome is keen to encourage people from a wider area to use the service, saying they can avoid queues and take advantage of free parking.ORSA is providing transport to take pensioners from Offwell to Kilmington Post Office to collect their pensions."The parish council is really behind us," said Mrs Hounsome."The shop continues to sell local produce and we've just introduced hot drinks."We are continuing with plans for a permanent shop, which will take the form of an extension to the village hall."The villagers are very loyal. They have supported us and it's great. On the social side, the shop is buzzing."The shop is open from 9am to 5.30pm (closed for lunch between 1am and 2pm) on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The shop closes at 1pm on Wednesday and 12.30pm on Saturday.Offwell Shop stocks a range of local produce, including goods from Complete Meats, Colyton Butcher's, West Country ice cream, milk from Yarty Valley and barn eggs at just 70p for half-a-dozen.

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