The family who saved their town’s post office near Bath
A family of four has saved their local post office near Bath and seen it thrive ever since. When the Godwin-Brown family took on the Marshfield branch in 2020, they stopped it from disappearing forever. Angela Godwin-Brown, 57, said: “Until last year, the post office was at the back of the butcher’s shop and he decided to retire.
“It was going to be closed and nobody would take it on. We own an off-road motorcycle shop with a huge unit, so we said we’d give it a go.” Looking for Bath’s top stories in one place? Sign up for our newsletter here.
She added: “I was furloughed at the start of the pandemic, then made redundant, so this was a new opportunity. I don’t have a post office background at all and, as well as this one, we inherited three other post offices as well” Angela’s husband Alan, 59, and son Thomas, 39, run the motorcycle shop together, while her daughter Katherine recently left a job in Saltford to take over the post office.
Katherine and her mum Angela (Image: Angela Godwin-Brown)
“The old post office was tiny, it was right at the back of the butcher’s. We have altered our shop to accommodate it and spent quite a bit of money building a mezzanine floor.
“We’ve opened up a little shop as well, selling local produce, and we’ve got a takeaway coffee machine and picnic tables in the outside space,” Angela said.
Inside the Marshfield Post Office (Image: Angela Godwin-Brown)
But it hasn’t all been plane sailing for the post office family. Just two months ago they were woken by the sound of the alarm at the shop going off. Mrs Godwin-Brown said: “10 boys came with a stolen truck and ram-raided the shop.
They were trying to steal the bikes and the alarm went off. We could see them through the CCTV on my husband’s phone, ramming the shop. “We only live five minutes away so we went up in our pyjamas.
They ran off, but they set a car on fire before they went and I thought the whole place was going to go up.”
The emergency services were there within minutes and the shop and post office survived, Angela said. Despite the shock, she was glad they had saved the Marshfield post office from disappearing for good. “This has all happened during a pandemic, but it’s opened up a whole new life for us,” she said.
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