Congratulations to Postmaster Maureen Rickard from St Minver Post Office, South West region who has achieved 50 years’ of service to her rural Cornish community.
Maureen started her journey with Post Office at the age of 16 when she started work in a Post Office in Rock. Then in 1971 with the planned decimalisation the long-serving Postmaster at St Minver decided to retire.
North Cornwall MP Scott Mann knows Maureen through his previous employment as a postman in the area, as a customer from living in the area and as the constituency MP in 2017 when the branch needed to relocate as its premises were to be sold.
Mr Mann was pleased to support the local charity The Perceval Institute which had mounted a fundraising appeal to save St Minver Post Office. The Institute which owns the village hall, released space to accommodate the Post Office and helped Maureen to raise more than £26,000 towards relocating the branch through community donations and fundraising events.
Mr Mann said: “I want to congratulate Maureen on being Postmaster at St Minver for 50 years. She plays a vital role within the community which has a high aging population and is a tourist hotspot. The post office is the hub of the community and a lifeline for many who live here all year round.
“Post Offices are playing a unique role during the pandemic offering for many a communication link as well as offering services that they would have to otherwise travel some distance to access. I want to praise Maureen for her commitment and passion to running this vital service at the heart of the community.”
St Minver Post Office has remained open during the pandemic as an essential retailer with a wide variety of products and services. Maureen’s Post Office has helped people to keep in touch, with people sending letters and parcels to loved ones that they cannot meet. There has also been a big increase in home shopping returns. Customers have wanted to stay local and not to travel to other towns, so people have also been doing their banking on behalf of all the major High Street banks at St Minver.
Maureen said: “What I have enjoyed most about the role of Postmaster is meeting all of the people. It’s like going to the hairdressers, you have lots of interesting chats with people. Some people are very lonely, especially during the pandemic and I might be the only person that they see. They come in for a chat and I know that there may be people waiting outside, but I don’t want to stop them from chatting as they need to speak to someone. This is a community Post Office and it is a community Post Office through and through.
“It was wonderful when the community rallied around to relocate the Post Office. It makes you realise how much people appreciate having a Post Office in the village. This is the third location St Minver Post Office has been in since I became Postmaster and this is definitely the best.”
Maureen was presented with flowers and champagne to mark her 50 years’ long service.
Post Office Area Manager Jess Cookson said: “We want to sincerely thank Maureen for running St Minver Post Office for the past 50 years. Maureen is loyal, hardworking and dedicated to her community. Big congratulation on reaching the golden milestone as Postmaster.”