THE much-needed Post Office within Up Holland’s Church of St Thomas the Martyr has been opened by West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper.
The village has been without post office services for five years, leaving residents having to travel at least four miles to the nearest Post Offices in Wigan or Skelmersdale.
The volunteers at the Up Holland Community Hub, based in the Church of St Thomas the Martyr, worked hard to secure the return of the Post Office for the village.
They recently asked Ms Cooper for support, and she made contact with the Chief Executive Officer at the Post Office, stressing the need for a Post Office in Up Holland.
The official opening of the Post Office was held outside the Church, with Rosie Cooper MP, Archdeacon Jennifer McKenzie and Post Office area manager Paul Halliday attending.
Discussing the event, Rosie Cooper MP said: “I would like to thank the volunteers at the Community Hub for inviting me to officially open the Post Office.
“These services are much needed for Up Holland residents who have struggled to travel to the branches in neighbouring towns. I am delighted and thank the Post Office for their help in establishing this facility.
“The Community Hub is a remarkable space and a testament to the hard work and dedication of the Community Group. Covid has forced people to be isolated but as we slowly recover, places like this are incredibly important to bring us together and I thank everyone that has been involved.”