Leslie Barry, the village postmaster at Enham Alamein, has won national recognition for her Post Office and shop as the best community store.
Leslie Barry and Tim Francis were put nominated by their MP, Sir George Young for the competition held by the Post Office at last autumn’s Party conferences. "The Royal Mail had a stall at the Conference in Birmingham, where I heard about the is competition. There are many good sub Post Offices in the constituency,but I chose Enham because it has become the hub of the community since Leslie and Tim took over."
Leslie and Tim decided to donate their prize of £200 to the Enham Trust disability charity whose clients and residents are their regular customers. It will be used to provide a community allotment behind the village hall, with raised gardens so access is easier for those with a disability.
The current success of the village shop is down to their personal commitment.
“It is a real honour,” said Leslie. “When we invested in the shop 6 years ago we were committed to making it accessible to wheelchairs. Our focus has always been meeting the needs of this special community.”
Prof Khalid Aziz, Chairman of Trustees at Enham Trust, said the award was richly deserved. He was accompanied by Peta Wilkinson, the Trusts's Chief Executive.
“Enham Store is at the heart of the village and it is a measure of how integrated the shop is with the Trust that they have so kindly donated their prize for us to use for a community project,” he commented.
Sir George Young added “It is a fantastic example of how a village shop can integrate with its community. Enham is in a class of its own. Leslie has invested in her business and takes a huge interest in the village, especially now she is Chair of the Parish Council.”