Masham’s Post Office has welcomed two new faces into the roles of sub postmaster and mistress.
Dave Southwell and Marie Shelley have taken over the post office and shop business from long serving sub postmistress Dot Elliot.
The couple have moved to Masham from Sheffield and Hull, and took over the post office on Wednesday, June 6.
“We had a trainer with us for a week, and we’ve been on our own for a week now.
“The customers have been great, and everybody has been very patient with us. Although people do keep saying we have brought the bad weather with us.”
Marie has left her busy job as a nurse and NHS manager in Sheffield to come to Masham, while Dave has given up the engineering work which saw him travel 50,000 miles around the UK every year.
“We’re in our early 50s, and I call it a mid-life realisation. We thought about what we really wanted to do and decided to sell up and look for a business together.”
Dot, who came to Masham from Manchester 12 years ago, said she will be staying in the area after handing over the businesses. The new owners have arrived for the same reasons she did. “I wanted a ‘roses round the door’ experience.”
Small sub post offices have been under threat around the country in recent years.
Many villages have lost their post office service, or had to rely on weekly mobile services.
At the Masham shop Marie and Dave have said they plan to introduce new products, including gifts and cards, into the shop, but will keep the popular DIY range.
Marie said: “People in Masham say if you can’t find something, try the local post office.”