Bodham and Beckham Community Shop Project
Newsletter 1 – The
Dear Residents of West Beckham, East Beckham and Bodham,
It is exciting to let you know in this first newsletter of the Bodham
and Beckham Community Shop Project to report that the ‘Post Office’ have
agreed to carry out a viability study about the introduction of a
permanent Post Office in Bodham.
So the aim of this newsletter is to let the residents of our villages
know about how they could play a role in helping us to achieve this
goal. Many of you have said that having a permanent ‘Post Office’ in
Bodham is sadly missed. Though we have a ‘two hour’ slot once a week
visit from the Budgens – Aylsham Mobile Post Office, our residents
overwhelmingly told us in the ‘Community Shop Project Survey’ that they
would like the shop to have a Post Office.
This goal is by no means easy to achieve. We need your support and help.
It is pleasing to report that we are gathering support from our local
politicians and our MP who have written letters of support for the
reinstatement of a Post Office Service as part of the Community Shop.
• One way you can help is to……….
• Use the ‘Mobile Post Office’ which is sited in the Bodham Village Hall
Car Park every Tuesday from 12.30 – 2.30. On Tuesday 8th December there
was encouraging feedback from our residents who went to the Mobile Post
Office. They said the numbers were pleasing and they had to queue. One
‘I’ve used the Mobile Post Office for ages, but never had to queue’.
Please remember that although this is a valuable service to have, it is
limiting in its offer to many of our residents. Please keep using the
‘Mobile Post Office’, this will help. These numbers will help us to
persuade the Post Office of the needs of not only the villages of
Bodham, East and West Beckham, but also other villages including
Gresham, Baconsthorpe, Plumstead, Sustead and Weybourne. The Bodham Post
Office being the closest to these villages would potentially serve an
estimated population of 2320 as their closest permanent Post Office.
• Another way to help is to write a letter to………
Mr Matthew R Hatfull, Network Provision Lead, East Anglia, 2nd Floor,
Finsbury Dials, 20 Finsbury Street, London. EC2Y 9AQ
• Or if you would rather send an e-mail [Mr Hatfull could well be
working from home because of COVID 19]
His e-mail address is
• We are aware that this may take more time, but to help please turn
over the page to find some points that you may find helpful to include
in the letter. Please don’t think you have to use them all and please
change to your style of writing.
• If you would like any extra help in supporting the project please get
in touch with:-
Callum Ringer - e-mail -
firstname.lastname@example.org – Mobile No. - 07824381519
Tracey Toyn - e-mail –
email@example.com – Mobile No. – 07733 039433
Roger Ward – e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
– Mobile No. - 07762597806
• Possible ideas for the letter to Matthew Hatfull
• Bodham and Beckham were served by a full-time post office service for
well over a century before the closure of the village shop in 2014.
Until not long before closure, the village was home to a thriving Post
Office and shop which employed several staff from the community.
• Since then, the village has been served by a post office van, for just
2 hours per week. Tuesday’s 12.30 – 2.30. This limited service is used
by the community but is not at a time most convenient to use by those in
• In a recent survey of residents, it was demonstrated that the
provision of a post office was the most sought after service requested
by residents in the community. It is also worth noting that, because of
the pandemic restrictions, much of this polling was done online, which
meant that a preponderance of respondents were in the younger age
whereas, if other villages are anything to go by, the post office
customer base tends towards the older
age groups. This suggests that the demand is likely to be even broader
than these figures suggest.
• Since the closure of the Post Office in Bodham, there have been
numerous bank branch closures in local towns; therefore, the Post Office
banking requirement is likely to be greater than it was previously.
• Bodham’s Post Office would represent the closest post office branch to
three significant and expanding holiday sites: Breck Farm, Kelling
Heath, and Woodlands. During the season, this would increase the
population within a mile of the shop by several thousand.
• The Bodham & Beckham Community Shop Project expects to match if not
exceed demand reached in the previous full-time post office.
• The full-time population of our communities has increased since the
former shop and post office closed, with 20+ extra homes built.
• The population of the Bodham & Beckham community exceeds that of other
Community owned shops with a post office service. Bodham & Beckham (824
approx), Gt Ryburgh (694), Itteringham (125), Neatishead (565).
• The post office in Bodham would also represent the closest Post Office
service for: Baconsthorpe (215), Plumstead (124), Gresham (401), parts
of Sustead (inc Bessingham & Metton (215) – Total resident population
for which this would be the closest Post Office (Population of 2320)
• The location of the Post Office would be on or close to the busy A148
road which brings significant passing trade.
• The Covid-19 situation has heightened an already present awareness of
the importance of local services such as the Post Office.
• Bodham and Beckham have both a high proportion of elderly residents,
and residents in social housing, for whom rural isolation, access to
transport, etc are real and significant problems.
We hope these points can help as a guide to form part of a letter, but
if you can think of any other reasons for the need of a Post Office in
the village please include them as well. We hope you are able to take
the time to write a letter or send an e-mail to Matthew Hatfull. Don’t
forget you can ask for help if it would help. We think this will help in
our goal of achieving a permanent Post Office in Bodham which will serve
our many surrounding villages as well. Thanks for reading this first
newsletter. We will keep you informed of progress and developments in
this important project.