When his village post office closed Barrie, a Methodist minister, used guidelines from the Arthur Rank Centre, in collaboration with the Post Office, to set up a local church postal service:
“In recent years our local community has struggled with the challenges of rural life. Many of the local chapels have been sold and now only one remains. A couple of years ago the local Post Office also closed leaving the community with no service for miles around. Seeing a clear need we decided to open a new post office at the remaining chapel twice a week.
Never ones to miss an opportunity the church launched a coffee morning to coincide with the post office opening hours. The aim is not to make money but to provide a social gathering place and raise the profile of the church and its message. For me the most memorable moment came during a day of heavy snow. Walking gingerly over treacherous ice I went to the Post Office and alongside me came a lady, anxious to express her gratitude for providing a space for the Post Office to continue.”
Thanks to the support of recent donors, we are able to help more people like Barrie to find creative and practical uses for rural church buildings.