GOING to post a letter in Dobcross has never been so enjoyable or more choice provoking…
Where else can you find gin and tonic or popcorn with a first class stamp, giant custard creams with a postal order, or bacon jam with a packet of envelopes?
Well, you can in in the village’s newest and only shop thanks to business entrepreneur Anna Roscoe.
When Sukhi Singh decided to call it a day as sub postmaster, Anna stepped in, not only to take over but to add an extra dimension to the Woods Lane premises.
So, the picture postcard village now has a new shop running in tandem with the Post Office.
“When I heard Sukhi wanted to hand it over, I showed an interest and it has gone on from there,” explained Anna.
“It’s taken a little time to sort out but Sukhi was really supportive and gave us a lot of help.
“I live in the village and I wanted the village to have a good shop,” said Oldham born Anna who moved to Saddleworth three years ago.
“So, it’s changed from just a Post Office to a Post Office with a village store.
“We do the ‘normal’ things like eggs, milk, bread and papers. But we wanted to get some of your every day stuff with some different stock.
“We like to think of ourselves not just as a corner shop but a deli plus we sell beer and wine as well.”
Most of Anna’s stock is locally sourced including bread from Village Manor in Waterhead, ale from Greenfield Brewery and meat from Paul’s the Butchers in Uppermill.
With a business degree and background as a business advisor for social enterprises and charities, Anna is keen to ensure the numbers add up.
“We have to make sure the shop works because the Post Office on its own is not sustainable,” she confirmed.
“If we can’t get the shop to pay its way then the Post Office is threatened. I don’t mean that in a bad way, it’s just the truth of what it is.
“I was honest with the Community Council right at the start because I don’t want to be the two girls that killed the Post Office.”
The ‘other girl’ is manager Michelle Dady while the pair are assisted by Tim Newbold, former joint landlord of the Swan Inn.
“We have had so much nice feedback since we opened last month and that makes all the effort worthwhile,” added Anna.
Dobcross Post Office and Village Store is open from 7am to 8pm during the week and open until 6pm at the weekends.