WELLOW post office will close at the end of the month, following the resignation of the postmaster.

Post Office Ltd said the closure would be temporary, until a replacement could be found — or alternative provision, such as opening a branch in a shop, could be established.

However, it warned any future provision would reflect customer numbers.

The post office will close at 4.30pm On January 30. The outreach service for Shalfleet, which is run by Wellow post office, will also cease operating.

In a letter to customers, change manager Graham Brander said: "I would like to assure you we are currently investigating the options available which will enable us to reinstate a post office service to the local community.

"In exploring this, it is important any future service is sustainable for the person operating the service, and for Post Office Ltd.

"Future provision will reflect customer numbers and usage and we may take the opportunity to establish an alternative type of service. This may be a local style branch which runs alongside an established retail shop in newly refurbished premises and creates a more modern and convenient experience for customers.

"Looking after a nationwide network of post office services, we have a responsibility to make sure every service makes the best possible use of resources, while ensuring that customers can still access our products and services.

"I can assure you we will continue to work to find a solution that will provide a post office service to the Wellow community.

"We would like to apologise for the inconvenience the temporary closure may cause."

MP Bob Seely shared the news of the closure and said he was 'disappointed.'

He said: "It is important to do all we can to retain these services in our rural communities. I will be monitoring the situation closely and seeking a meeting with the Post Office."