Family Ties

Family Ties

Postmaster Daphne Creed MBE has been celebrating 30 years in her role at Hardington Mandeville Post Office. 

Daphne, who was interviewed by BBC Somerset about her long service award, has been at the helm since 1991. Her mother was the previous Postmaster having taken on Hardington Mandeville Post Office in 1963. 

Her family has an even longer heritage of serving the community - Springfield Stores, where the Post Office is based, has been run by her family for more than 100 years. 

Daphne’s Post Office and shop stayed open throughout the pandemic. The community showed its appreciation when a thank you banner suddenly appeared overnight on the railings facing her shop that she runs with her daughter-in-law Jane. It read: “To Daphne and Jane, a huge thank you for all that you are doing for us. You are amazing.” 

Ten years ago, Daphne received the MBE for services to the community of Hardington Mandeville. As well as running the essential village shop and Post Office, Daphne has been Churchwarden for St Mary’s Church and is Honorary Secretary of the Village Hall for more than 25 years and helped with community fundraising. 

Daphne said: “Working here I have made so many friends. I have so many lovely customers. I have grown up with this family shop and I know three generations of many families.”