The Post Office in Enham Alamein was closed for four days while it underwent a major refurbishment. Sir George formally re-opened it today.
"I hardly recognised the shop when I went in. Leslie Barry - the Sub Postmistress - has created more space and made it much more user-friendly. Instead of the Post Office section being tucked away in a corner, it is now an integral part of the shop. There is a new floor, a new ceiling, air-condtioning and new shop fittings. It a lighter, and the extra space has made the stock more accessible."
"For a rural post office to succeed, you need four ingredients. The Subpostmaster; the community; the Post Office and the Government. Leslie and Tim have built up the business at the Post office and invested substantially in it. Their commitment is total. The local community use the shop and would be lost without it. Closure for four days caused real difficulties to may in the village who are not fully mobile. The Post office has backed it with a grant to help finance the Post Office side of the business."
"What we are now waiting for is the Government. They recognise that Post offices such as this one are not viabl;e without an element of grant, and are currently reviewing it. Some 2500 Post office will have to close. I am determined that this won't be one of them."
The former Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Neville Whiteley was at the re-opening with his wife Janet, along with Cllr Len Gates and his wife Linda.