Village post office saved before petition hand-in

Trevina Smith (front in red) with villagers outside the post office
Trevina Smith (front in red) with villagers outside the post office
  • A petition was launched to stop Steeple Claydon Post Office moving to a Co-op store
  • Postmaster Trevina Smith was concerned about reducing the service and putting the safety of customers at risk without parking bays at Co-op
  • It has been saved before the petition was handed in and Mrs Smith remains at the helm

An under-threat post office has been saved from shutting its doors – before the 1,600-strong petition was handed in.

Plans to move Steeple Claydon Post Office, known as Trevi’s, to a Co-op store caused uproar in the village and a petition was launched.

It’s absolutely brilliant news”

Trevina Smith

Trevina Smith, who has run the post office for eight years, would have lost her job along with the three part-time members of staff if it was forced to close down.

She set up the petition and it was signed by more than 1,000 people on paper and an extra 600 people online.

But before it was handed in, The Post Office has confirmed Trevi’s will ‘continue to operate’ from the West Street site with the ‘same postmaster’.

She said: “It’s absolutely brilliant news. It was a scary time but hopefully that’s all behind us now.”

“It’s not something I have done on my own though. So a big thank you from me to everyone that has helped.”

Mrs Smith was worried about a reduced service at the Co-op and the dangerous prospect of elderly people not having anywhere to park.

A sposkesman said Trevi’s will not be forced to move from the West Street site and apologised for the ‘period of uncertainty’.

Mrs Smith said she will still hand the petition to the government to ‘show how much support’ the post office has and to hopefully secure its future.