It is very concerning to read that the Coop in Newport along with the Post Office branch there will be closing in the New Year.

I can only imagine the impact this loss will have.

Read more: Newport Co-op to close in New Year

Meanwhile is there a reason why the abrupt closure of the Post Office in Wootton seems not to have been publicised.

It has left a large population of elderly and non mobile residents as well as local businesses, high and dry. Brilliant timing — just in time for the latest lockdown when anyone requiring PO services will perforce have to travel out of the village.

Read more: Search on for new postmaster for Wootton

Editor's footnote: The County Press did report the closure of the post office at the Central Stores last month, when the operator resigned its licence.

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