Post office's late delivery
THE spate of post office closures across Gloucestershire and the West devastated many communities.
Despite the inevitable fall off in some areas of the postal business from the growth of the internet, that was never what post offices were all about.
They provided vital local services, often in areas that had no other local shops.
The demise of the post office often meant the demise of the entire shop, which could not function without that crucial business.
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So it is ironic, to say the least, to read Post Office regional network manager Adrian Wales talking in the Echo today about "how important a post office is to residents".
His comments come in the light of the positive news that Tewkesbury Road post office is to undergo a major refurbishment.
The post office stands in a rank of shops near Waterloo Street and is an important local facility.
Residents are already speaking about how pleased they are that the new-look post office will include extra facilities and be open for more hours.
As the closures happened, that was a frequent message to Mr Wales and his colleagues. While some closures made commercial sense, other post offices had the potential to grow rather than shrink.
On the positive side, Mr Wales makes a clear commitment that there will be no further branch closure programmes and that it is part of a nationwide investment programme.
If only a similar decision had been made earlier, many other post offices that could have become profitable would have been saved.
THE success of Bristol's Gromit Unleashed has become well-known across the region.
The charity trail of large-size pooches has attracted thousands of visitors. On a smaller scale, a Cheltenham model horses display also proved popular and raised significant money for charity.
So it's good to welcome plans for Cirencester's March Hare Festival next year.
And with all proceeds going to the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, there's every reason for it to be given full support.
Where cute dogs have prospered, happy hares should be able to do the same.