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Berriedale Post Office Needs New Postmaster Urgently
The Post Office is launching an appeal for a local person to come forward and take over running the Post Office service for the community of Berriedale from March 2003.

The Post Office is looking to find a new subpostmaster or subpostmistress who would be able to spare six hours per week to help to keep the Post Office service in the village.  The closing date for applications is Friday 17th January 2003.   If you would like more information about running this Post Office and about the role of a subpostmaster you should telephone Agency Recruitment on 0845 601 6260.

Anyone interested in running the Post Office will be able to run the office from its present location or if they have their own suitable premises this could also be an option.  Post Offices can be run from many different premises - there are Post Offices run from people's homes, which take up no more space than a large cupboard.

Garden sheds, village halls, community halls and the local pub have all been used to provide Post Office services in the past. 

Post Office Rural Transfer Advisor, Kenny Lamont said: "Post Office branches are very often at the heart of communities providing a vital resource, particularly in rural communities.  We remain committed to a strong and vibrant network of Post Offices, however to do this, we require a public spirited individual to come forward and take on this role." 

The office will be linked up to the Post Office network through the electronic Horizon programme.  This means full training and back-up support will be provided.

There will also be a touch-screen terminal, keyboard and a small printer for printing receipts.  This small computer will make services much more efficient and secure.