A VILLAGE is celebrating after being able to secure the return of its post office, five years after it closed.
The doors were opened on Friday at Tansley Methodist Church and marked the end of a long campaign to restore the facility.
The post office was lost when the village shop on the corner of The Knoll closed some years ago.
After it was clear that no-one else would revive the shop, Tansley Parish Council looked for suitable premises to host a post office outreach service, which has been found at the Brunswick Room of the Methodist Church on Church Street.
“Friday was a very good day for Tansley,” said Tansley Parish Council chairman, Cllr Vicki Raynes.
“Opening day saw a steady stream of residents coming to use the service, three customers were queuing before the doors opened!
“Residents were able to access all postal services, one businessman was able to purchase road tax discs for three vehicles, whilst others were delighted to be able to use their debit cards to access cash!
“The parish council would like to thank the post office for their help and support in getting this venture under way, and encourage all residents to use this valuable facility.”
Rev Colin Mark, minister at the church, added: “It’s wonderful, it’s something we have wanted ever since the shop closed.
“We had no idea how it would take off but there’s been some good publicity around the village.
“From a church point of view, we are happy and so is the post office.
“We are very pleased to have it back and the people of Tansley are very pleased to have it back, otherwise people have to go into Matlock and the bus is only every two hours.”
The service will run every Friday from 10am to 1pm and runs parallel with coffee and cake mornings also at the church which run at the same time.
All usual services available at any regular post office are available, except for dealing with passports.
Sub-postmaster Kevin Croker, said: “It would be great to see people using the Tansley Post Office in the three hours that we are there.
“There may even be a need to increase the hours on another day if there is sufficient demand.”