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Jan Leeming

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 27th January 2017

AND AGAIN ..........

When I came to live here 14 years ago, we had small local Post Offices on both The Strand at Walmer and in Walmer village itself.  The Strand closed years ago followed by the one in Walmer Village.

The lovely couple who run the local Londis store at Walmer decided that they would run a small PO Branch to serve the community.  I know the palaver they had to go through and the training in order to be able to run the PO. 

Today I went to post a Large Birthday Card to my sister and also to get some money for the weekend only to be met with a notice saying 'This Post Office is permanently closed'.  I don't know all the ins and outs of the story but it happened very quickly and I gather part of the problem is that the couple can't justify taking on extra staff nor do they want to work a 7 day week.

So now we are forced to go into Deal and use the sub branch in one of the local chemist shops.  I have avoided it as much as possible because there is always a huge queue and rarely are all the counters operational.

No account has been taken of the old people who don't have cars and who will be immensely inconvenienced by this closure.  Even those of us with cars will have to find a parking place and probably need to pay for it and we will, of course, add to the already existent queues.

I thought of writing a letter of complaint but know it will be a waste of my time as it was when the PO on The Strand closed.  This is a Fait Accompli and to hell with the customers.

Everywhere today we are being denied 'Customer Care' - we are being pushed into operating so much 'On Line' and no one gives a fig for the aged and infirm.  Our local Post Office was always busy and it also gave the elderly a place where they could come for a bit of shopping, to get some cash, to post a letter and to have someone with whom to converse - Nitin and Margaret are two of the most charming and helpful people you could wish to meet and I'm sure cheered up the day for many of those who live alone - a growing problem as one ages.

From having spoken to them I know they didn't take on the Branch as a money making project but they wanted to keep the PO in the village and also it contributed to footfall into the store.

Perhaps I'm just a Grumpy Old Woman - GOW - but I really do not like the way the world is going.  When I was young, very few people had much - we didn't take it for granted that we'd see as necessities phones, fridges, washing machines and TV's - and as for 'mobile phones'!!!  I remember my mother and sister had to go to a Post Office and book a call to me when I lived in Australia and it sounded as though we were both living at the bottom of an ocean.  We had very little but never felt deprived and were grateful for so much more.  We made our own fun and were never 'bored'  I can't believe it when I hear some children saying that they are bored when they have so much but they seem to have lost their imagination when it comes to play and expect everything to be laid on for them.  I'm glad I was born when I was and won't be around that much longer to see this world degenerate rapidly.

GOW - Jan Leeming????

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