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Barclays in Ludlow to close on August 26 leaving more than 250 customers without a local bank (updated)

Customers of Barclays have received a letter today (20 May) stating that Barclays on King St Ludlow is to close on August 26 at 12:00pm. This bank doesn’t just serve Ludlow. It caters for a very broad hinterland. Having banks is one of the things that makes Ludlow town centre tick. People come to bank and then they shop. We have already seen the loss of HSBC, which is being converted into Specsavers. With the loss of Barclays, we will be down to three banks. Lloyds, Nationwide and NatWest. How long will those survive? Banks that close their branches say people should do their transactions online. Many people, particularly older people, are not comfortable with digital technology. There are also many businesses in Ludlow that deal with cash. Barclays says cash can be paid in at the Post Office. But the Post Office service in Ludlow is very poor. The Post Office counters in our two One Stop shops, part of the Tesco Group, often closed due to lack of staff. The closure of Barclays is yet another nail in the coffin of our high streets. Ludlow town centre is resilient. It has survived the trend towards shopping online. It…

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DPD driver Paul Pugh to remain in Ludlow after textbook campaign

Congratulations to all those that campaigned to keep DPD driver Paul in Ludlow. It is invidious to single out individuals but the campaign was led brilliantly by Emma Elizabeth Kennet. So many others took part. Hundreds of people emailed DPD’s chief executive and chief press officer. The news came in Tuesday afternoon, DPD are to keep Paul in Ludlow. This was a textbook campaign. Short, sharp and driven on social media with hundreds of contributors. I’m impressed.

Ludlow to lose Paul our favourite courier in New Year when DPD shuffles rounds – please protest to the company

Seven years ago, who would have thought that we would see so many couriers everywhere delivering in vans and cars? But online shopping has grown. Especially this year when so many of us have been in one lockdown after another. Many of us have got to know Paul Pugh, the cheery delivery man in the red DPD van. Despite his intimate knowledge of our town and friendly service, DPD plans to move him to a round in Birmingham early next year. He is not happy and neither are we. Please protest by emailing dwain@dpdgroup.co.uk.

Bromfield to get mobile post office on Thursdays after current post office closes at the end of month

Bromfield Post Office is to close at the end of the month. Thanks to the hard work of the Bromfield parish council clerk, it will be replaced by a temporary mobile service on Thursday mornings. This will also be on the Food Centre site. This is good news for Bromfield and those that travel from surrounding parishes to use the popular post office. The post office will be open on Thursdays only, between 10am and 12pm midday.

Post Office consults on “temporary” Bromfield post office closure – parish council exploring options

Post Office Limited has launched a consultation on the closure of Bromfield Post Office which is to close on Monday 31 August. The Post Office is being closed because it is loss making at a time of dwindling margins due to the Covid-19 epidemic. The Post Office would not fund moving the facility into the Food Centre. The consultation letter (FAQ) insists that the closure is temporary but gives no information on what moves the Post Office is making to ensure continuity or reinstate services at Bromfield. The consultation closes on 31 August. Email: comments@postoffice.co.uk A working group set up by Bromfield Parish Council is making enquiries about setting up an outreach service to serve residents for a few hours a week.

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