New East Harling post office owner hopes to offer residents more

East Harling Post Office is under new management and will have a new look inside and longer opening hours, as well as an extended range of items, after its grand reopening on Monday 8 June. Ruth Lawrenson is pictured front, with staff Dorothy Jubb (left) and Annette White. ANL-150527-144427009
East Harling Post Office is under new management and will have a new look inside and longer opening hours, as well as an extended range of items, after its grand reopening on Monday 8 June. Ruth Lawrenson is pictured front, with staff Dorothy Jubb (left) and Annette White. ANL-150527-144427009

A south Norfolk post office under new ownership is hoping to improve the gift-buying experience following a revamp and grand opening set for next month.

Ruth Lawrenson, an East Harling resident for the past 28 years, has worked in the village post office branch for the previous six, and has owned the branch since the end of April.

The grand opening will take place on June 8 at 10am, and will be the first day it will offer a wider range of products, including candles, gift wrap and bags, homeware, party items and stationery.

Refreshments will be available on the day, while Breckland councillor for the ward, Ellen Jolly, will be present.

Mrs Lawrenson told the Diss Express: “We are in the process of changing the shop around as well as introducing new items.

“Someone will be able to come in and buy everything they need for a gift and then post it.”

The post office is still currently open.

Mrs Lawrenson added: “I never thought I would even work in a post office.”

“But the opportunity came along and my husband and I thought it would be a good opportunity, and I have taken my son (Jacob) on board who is working here now.

“The two other ladies (employees Dorothy Jubb and Annette White) have been here for years and they have been a really big help.”

Opening hours have also been extended since her ownership, to 9am-5.30pm from Monday to Friday, and 9am-12.30pm on Saturdays.

Mrs Lawrenson added she felt post offices were important parts of the local community.

“I think they are very important, it is the hub of the community and a lot of people come here,” she said.

“It would be a very sad day if the post office closed here. We are only a small village and a lot of the elderly residents rely on it.”