Tysoe’s post office to be refurbished

Tysoe Post Office NNL-150826-093120001
Tysoe Post Office NNL-150826-093120001

A village post office which was saved after it was threatened with closure last year is to undergo a refurbishment.

Tysoe post office, which serves 19 villages and two business parks, was saved last August after villagers fought to keep the facility as well as the florist and gift shop which runs alongside it.

The campaign also received support from local MPs Victoria Prentis and Nadhim Zawahi.

Postmistress Lilian Hopkins had been told by Post Office her facility did not have a high enough footfall and didn’t meet financial turnover targets.

But after her daughter Jacqueline Franklin, created a business plan and a financial assessment, Post Office told them it could remain open.

Now new counters are to be installed and the inside is to be redecorated. Installing new counters is part of the criteria for keeping the post office open.

To allow the works to take place, it will temporarily close on April 7.

All post from post boxes will still be collected as normal.

The post office will reopen on April 15 at 1pm.

Speaking to the Banbury Guardian, Mrs Franklin said the refit would be done in keeping with the Grade II-listed building.

She said: “There will be some remodelling and redecoration, but it will be sympathetic to the building.”

Emails have been sent to some people who use the post office and leaflets have also been made available.

She said: “We are looking forward to the refit.

“It is definitely a good thing, really positive. It’s all good news.”

Tysoe’s post office has been in existence since 1866 and old photographs show it used to be a co-op.

It also contains a tablet to commemmorate the First World War.