Badgers Mount Post Office
Most residents now know that Brian and Pauline Butler have, with regret, decided
to close down their whole business following a second robbery in 3 weeks. It is
sad that after nearly 80 years of use, criminals have caused this closure. The
Association wish Brian and Pauline well for their future.
In order to clarify some of the rumours and give some assistance we outline
below information we have obtained so far.
(1) Because the business is closed, the frontage of the shop is now a
private garden which is why the telephone and letter boxes are closed. We will
urge BT and Royal Mail to relocate these as soon as possible.
UPDATE - email received from BT - 24/2/2004:
As formal notice of recovery has today been posted in the box a copy of which
will be sent to Shoreham Parish Council and Sevenoaks District Council. Having
assessed the usage of this payphone, taking into account the type of area it now
serves we are not proposing to install a replacement kiosk.
I realise this is likely to disappoint the residents, but as virtually all of
them appear to have private phones and with the increasing usage of mobile
phones it is simply not viable for us re-site the service, which would have to
be replaced with a modern kiosk. For passing traffic there are kiosks fairly
close in each direction at Knockholt Station and the Polhill Arms.
If members of your committee and residents in general wish to make any comments
or express concern then please do contact our customer service team on 0800 66
(2) All PO business has been transferred to Halstead PO, which carries
out the same services as Badgers Mount PO did.
Pension, benefits etc., payments can now be collected from Halstead PO. It is
NOT necessary to get the books changed, and this will not affect the option of
making a limited number of withdrawals from other POs. When books come for
renewal, new books reflecting the new paying office will be sent to that PO. If
you want to permanently transfer to any other PO, there is a simple form
obtainable from the PO that you wish to use. All other PO services - National
Savings, banking, mail needing weighing etc. can be carried out at any PO.
Mail collections - the only letter box available at present is the small box in
PO Help line: 08457 22 33 44.
(3) Papers - Hancocks in Halstead have increased the number of papers
they obtain for sale over the counter, but will not be able to take over the
delivery rounds. Some groups of neighbours have organised a rota for collection
of papers etc to economise on costs.
(4) Milk - Dairy Crest deliver milk around Badgers Mount on Tuesday,
Thursday and Saturday from their Church Road, Orpington Depot. Tel. 01689
827511. Bread, eggs etc. can be ordered.
(5) Transport - Please be aware of neighbours who do not have their own
transport, and who may otherwise have to resort to expensive taxis. In order to
assist those having transport difficulties, we propose keeping a list of people
who can help providing transport so that we can match the needs of those without
their own. If, say, you go to Sainsburys, Tesco, Orpington etc. regularly each
week and would be prepared to assist please let either Gordon Plumb (534279) or
Tracey McCartney (534471) know.
(6) Memorial Hall bookings - for the time being, Derek Herritage (534538)
has taken over the Hall bookings. This will be reviewed at/after the Memorial
Hall AGM on 1st April.
(7) The opening hours of the Halstead shops are:-
Post Office -
Thurs & Fri:
0900 to 1300 & 1400 to 1630
0900 to 1300 only
0900 to 1230
Mon to Sat:
0600 to 1700
0600 to 1200
(8) The future - The Committee think
it would be a shame not to have a local PO. In order to gauge initial opinion as
to whether it is worth pursuing this with Post Office Ltd, could you please
complete the slip at the bottom of this Newsletter (printed copy delivered to
all residents) and return it to any of the Residents Association or
Neighbourhood Watch Committee members, or leave in the Memorial Hall letter box
by Monday 23rd February. Alternatively, some of the Committee members will be in
the Memorial Hall from 1130 on Saturday 21st February prior to WPC Jackie Allen,
our Community Police Officer, holding her second monthly Police Surgery from
12.30 to 1.30.
If there is sufficient interest in keeping a Post Office, we will call a special
meeting for you to air your views further. Due to Hall availability, the
earliest this could be is Friday 27th February. Watch the notice boards for