Advent Calendar: Day 14
Our second post office of the Advent Calendar is Bilton...
At no 4 Main St in Bilton, the post office provides a range of Royal Mail services as well as selling cards, gifts and groceries (and sledges, while stocks last!).
Bilton Post office is open:
Monday to Friday: 9am-6pm
Here are the recommended last posting dates again:
Friday 17th December: Royal Mail Bulk Mail Economy
Saturday 18th December: 2nd Class
Tuesday 21st December: 1st Class
Thursday 23rd December: Special Delivery Guaranteed®
However, Ali recommends sending earlier:
2nd class, 16th December
1st class, 18th December
Bilton post office recently said on Facebook: “We are a local business that needs you to use us. Post offices need to be used as we are self employed and paid on commission only. We are not part of Royal Mail and every Post office is owned by individuals. If we don’t have customers we don’t get paid.
“Please remember we are not part of a Royal Mail, so unfortunately we do NOT have the answers to why the post is late. But we are aware they are short staffed this resulting in delays.
“Please also note anything larger than a letter sent abroad now must have a completed declaration form on it. So it is very important you have the details to hand including what item you are posting, to avoid your parcels being returned.
“Yes it’s so easy to order online without having to leave your home. But it is the very reason why so many small businesses are NOT surviving. Let’s make it s a mission to go out and buy some things locally rather than online shopping and do our bit to help the local shops.
“Lastly, this time of year is very difficult, please look out for those who have no family or friends around you. You may be the only person they receive a smile from that day. If you come across anyone who you think may need some support, someone to talk to or a meal, please let us know and we will happily reach out to them.”
We interviewed Ali earlier in the year about what it was like to celebrate Ramadan in a pandemic.
You’re reading South Rugby News’ first Advent Calendar. For the 24 days of Advent we’ll be celebrating local businesses and groups in South Rugby. It’s been a tough couple of years for companies here - so let’s support local this festive season!
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