Fond Farewell to Post Office Alan

A good friend to Hambledon Shop and its customers has completed his final stint behind the Post Office counter and is preparing to leave for pastures new.

Alan Brien, a qualified post master, helped out at the shop in its earlier days, assisting Jane Woolley who had trained to become its first Post Mistress along with John Tidmarsh, who trained as a volunteer.

Then, eleven years ago, Alan was appointed to be a part of a new management team. They were known as the “Three As” – Alan, along with Amanda Wright and Alison Wilson.

 

He stayed in this role for two years followed by a gradual hand-over of his duties to a new manager. However, he has always remained “on-call”, driving up from his Storrington, West Sussex, home when needed and has been a highly valued member of the shop staff.

He was part of the Post Office team, headed by Alison Wilson, who jointly received the Post Office Community Service Award in 2015.

Last Saturday was his last shift. A friendly and much-liked man, his good nature and efficiency will be missed.

He is moving with his wife to the small market town of Malton in North Yorkshire, where her family come from.

“I have really enjoyed working in the shop and will miss the many people I have got to know”, said Alan. “It is a job I have loved, but the time is right for us to consider where we need to be in retirement. We are regular visitors to Malton because of our family connections and we are looking forward to it”.

Alan departs with the thanks and best wishes from the people of Hambledon.

 

 

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Helena
Helena
10 months ago

Best wishes from the Hockridge family. Do keep in touch Alan!

Trudy
Trudy
10 months ago

All the very best Alan – have a wonderful time in Yorkshire – hope you continue to have many adventures!! xx

Gill Darbyshire
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10 months ago

We’ll miss you Alan! All the very best for your well-earned retirement. Where will your grandson get his Saturday sausage rolls from now?

Mary
Mary
10 months ago

Farewell,huge thanks,best wishes and may there be an endless supply of rock cakes.

Malcolm Kinzett
Malcolm Kinzett
19 days ago

Algy, who is going to run Feltham Colts now you are opp norf? Stay safe old mate. Love to the family