Reward for Ann’s first-class service

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SERVING the local community for two decades is something to proud of.

Now, Osgodby’s Ann Bennett has had that dedication recognised with a long service award from the Post Office.

When the village’s post office in Washdyke Lane closed in 1991, Ann decided it was something she would like to take on and, as they say, the rest is history.

Having worked as a nursing assistant at Caistor Hospital, which closed in 1990, the post office vacancy came up at just the right time for Ann and on Monday, November 14, she celebrated her 20th anniversary as post mistress to the village.

And it is clearly a role she enjoys and something, she says, that will continue.

“It is a vital service for the village, especially for the elderly who rely on you and perhaps don’t see many other people.

“Most of the customers are regulars, which is nice, as you get to know them, but we do have the occasional passer by.”

But Ann says there has been a lot of change since she took on the position 20 years ago.

“The biggest change is that everything is now computerised.

“It does make it easier to keep track of what is being sold, but the only problem is if the electricity goes off, I can’t do anything.”

Based at her home in Main Street, the post office is certainly being kept in the family, with daughter Vicky fully trained to act as relief postmistress when needed.

Osgodby’s post office, although small, offers all the services you would expect, except for car licensing, passport checking and foreign currency.

The post office is open from 9am to 12 noon on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday, and 1pm to 4pm on Thursday.