Should village post offices be under threat?

Alison Hammond, 35, from Haddenham. Village post offices provide essential services and people in Government offices in the cities are really out of touch with what village life is really like. Haddenham has grown a lot in recent years and to lose the po

Alison Hammond, 35, from Haddenham.

"Village post offices provide essential services and people in Government offices in the cities are really out of touch with what village life is really like. Haddenham has grown a lot in recent years and to lose the post office would affect so many people.

"I signed a petition against the closure of the post office in Haddenham but it won't do any good. Once the Government has made its mind up on something it won't listen to what people have to say about it.

"It will be really bad for the elderly people around here because the bus service around here is not good."


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Roy Woodbridge, 65, from Haddenham.

"How are the elderly supposed to get their pensions? It's ridiculous. Buses come here something like twice a day and there are lots of people more than 80 years old in the village who are not used to travelling longer distances on a regular basis. They won't know what to do. It makes me realise how lucky I am to be in good health."

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Veronica Cornish, from Haddenham.

"I wouldn't be surprised if they all close when I look at what's happening all over the country. Village post offices are such a useful and convenient resource for people and it would be a massive blow for the villagers if they close.

"It will mean a lot of driving for people and for those who can't drive it could be an absolute nightmare. Elderly people will be affected the most."

Mary Sallis, 65, from

Haddenham.

"I've not heard about it and I think it's shocking news. I really hope they don't close. The bus service around here is terrible so it will be a real problem for people, especially the elderly."

Rowland Crane, 72, from Cambridge.

"It's typical of this Labour Government. We should get Labour out and the Conservatives in as soon as possible. My sister lives in Haddenham and she uses the post office all the time. To get rid of it means a vital part of community life will be lost forever."

Andrew Knightly, 38, from Manea.

"There's talk that we will also be losing the post office in Manea and I'm dead against it.

"People really need their post offices and it will be a massive blow to the communities that lose them, especially the elderly people who use them a lot and are not as mobile as they used to be.

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