The team of 8 staff at Halstead had between them more than 120 years continuous service, led by their able Manageress, Mrs Sue Johnson. Sue has now transferred to the Crown Office at
Suffolk, whilst her Deputy, Luke, is at
Colchester. Three other staff transferred to a new SPO at Greenstead Green in
Essex during January 2007. The Halstead team won many prestigious awards for their excellent work, including achieving a Chartermark for outstanding Customer Service and coming second in national competitions to find the Best Post Office. You can see some of their awards and trophies in the Museum. At 3.10pm the two Post Office lozenges were removed and recovered by a team from the Museum. One will stay in Halstead whilst the other will form part of a centrepiece postal display in Alan Mattin's collection near
Colchester. Some other additional smaller items were also recovered and these are now in the Museum collection.
The Curator of the
Museum would like to thank all of the staff of the Crown office for their years of cheerful and helpful service and wish them all well in their future careers. We would especially like to thank Sue Johnson for facilitating the Last Day Cover service and looking after us on the day.
The Pheonix rises from the ashes....
On 31st January 2007 ( a few days later than expected) a brand new Sub Post Office opened in the near-by village of Greenstead Green. Situated inside a magnificently converted 17th Century barn, the new SPO is staffed by three of the former Halstead Crown Office workers - Lisa Daniels, Angie Kerrison and Daphne Barrow. A special Opening Day cover was produced (limited to just 20) by the Museum and was duly hand cancelled with the Greenstead Green SPO CDS which has been in the care of the new Sub-Postmaster, Chris Butler (Son of the late R.A.B. "Rab" Butler MP) since the old SPO closed three years ago.
The building was several weeks behind schedule due to the extraordinary amount of careful conservation work needed during the conversion and was first opened for public use on 1st February.