As 2015 draws to an end we would like to thank you one and all who have shared our journey throughout the year. It’s been an interesting time for us, at the start of 2015 we were lucky to be approved to save a service much needed within our community – the Post Office. In February to be given three national awards from “the best of” made us smile a lot.
The plans to expand took us through June, a month of dust, paint and a new hole into Broad Street. At the start of July all the Post Office equipment started to arrive and the shop began to take shape. We opened the doors on Nick’s birthday, a day to look back on and say “we did it” we saved our Post Office. The official opening took place in September with our local Nick Thomas-Symonds MP and Lynne Neagle AM amongst the many dignitaries that came and supported us. A day that we won’t forget in a hurry as there were so many kind folk within our shop giving their support to our new venture. We also increased our staff numbers by employing Hayley who had been working in the Post Office in Blaenavon and Abersychan for many years.
Shortly afterwards we heard we had won another two awards from the Welsh Government Support your High Street campaign. This was the first time these awards were awarded. We were overall winner in the category of Community Service Provider and Highly Commended in Home, Garden and Leisure. This put the icing on the cake and showed that our ethos to work with our Community had started to be recognised.
This year we have had lots of fun doing interesting craftie birthday parties, photo shoots and working within the community doing craft days that have all contained smiles. We have had many craft demos that have given ideas to crafters and we look forward to continuing these in the New Year – watch this space for more details. We have stocked up on new lines and increased our stock holding, please don’t tell our accountant!
We have also added a printing and design service to our repertoire and have been privileged to supply and design the Christmas cards for Nick Thomas-Symonds MP and Giles Davies the Mayor of Torfaen which have gone out far and wide and supplied the Town Council with hymn sheets and leaflets.
We are proud to have continued our support and to raise awareness of Pancreatic Cancer UK and helped sponsor the Butterfly Ball of Promise at the Celtic Manor resort that to raised many thousands of pounds to towards finding a cure for this dreadful disease and will continue to do so in the coming years. In December we became the very first Dementia Friendly Post Office within South East Wales, and probably the first craft shop in the UK to have this status!
Our Social Media antics have increased and you’ll know about these if you follow our Mouse Artie on Twitter and Facebook. Our ethos to work hard and support our local community continues and we now look forward to 2016
May we wish you all a very happy New Year and hope all your dreams come true.
Nick Wendy and Artie.