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Village post office opens after 20-year campaign

Cromhall shop and post office
Image caption Locals campaigned for a permanent post office since the old one closed in 1992

A permanent post office in a South Gloucestershire village has been officially opened more than 20 years after the old one closed.

Locals in the rural community near Thornbury have been campaigning for a replacement shop since 1992.

A portable building has been used by a group of volunteers since 1995.

The scheme, which also includes three new homes, has cost £650,000 and was funded by South Gloucestershire Council and Merlin Housing Society.

A spokesman said the shop was a "lifeline for the remote rural village" and "an essential community hub which prevents people from becoming isolated and cut off".

Chairman of the Village Shop Association, Patrick Martin, said: "It is a very thriving village and we wanted the shop and especially the post office to continue."

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