Crick Postmaster Celebrates 30 years of Dedicated Post Office Service
- Chris Attridge has served the village of Crick and the surrounding area for 30 years as a postmaster
- Chris has always worked alongside his family – at first his parents and now his wife
- His post office has proved a real lifeline to the local community, particularly through the pandemic
The Postmaster for Crick Post Office, Chris Attridge, has been presented with a Long Service Award for his devoted work in his local community, having run the branch for 30 years this month.
Post Office Area Manager Caroline Witham-Grange presented Chris with his award and thanked him for his long service at the branch based at 86 Main Road Crick NN6 7TX.
Having previously worked at Vauxhall Motors with his father in Luton, Chris' years of service began in 1991 when Chris and his parents decided to buy a post office with a convenience store. The idea of running their own business appealed to them all as "you could make all of your own decisions and no one was looking over your shoulder."
Chris and his parents ran the branch alongside and two part time staff – one of which told him about Margaret, a lady working in shop in nearby Brixworth and who Chris married within a year of meeting. Happily married, they now have one daughter, who is currently studying medicine at Newcastle University. Chris also said that their "post office guard dog", Brandy, is an important part of their team.
Although the initial impact of the pandemic saw footfall fall, Chris said soon they were "flat out" through the pandemic with the local village shopping locally more than ever. Unfortunately, Chris and his wife Margaret both fell ill with Covid and the branch had to briefly close, but during this period they realised "how the village of Crick really missed the post office being open…we had some amazing well wishes and offers of help". Both Chris and his wife made a full recovery and were able to stay open for the rest of the pandemic.
Reflecting on the changes to Post Office over the years, Chris remarked how he has "thoroughly enjoyed my time here" and that "there are many memories and experiences and sometimes I think I could write a book in retirement." While Travel Money had quieter moments, Chris said that his parcels business during this period "exploded" with people shopping online throughout the pandemic. He also said Christmas was particularly busy with people unable to meet up in person to exchange presents.
When asked what he enjoyed the most about being a postmaster, Chris said "no day is the same and you just don't know who is going to come through the door." For example, Chris has served the late Bill Maynard, who played Claude Greengrass in ITV's Heartbeat, as well as a former Emmerdale star who lives locally. Chris also noted that "I also love the village of Crick and our customers who are extremely loyal, friendly and supportive."
Looking forward, Chris, now 59, said he hopes to continue serving for a few more years and beat the existing record of 34 years of a postmaster serving at Crick Post Office as he "couldn't really see myself anywhere else now."
Post Office Area Manager, Caroline Witham-Grange, said: "I am delighted to share this milestone anniversary with Chris and the team at Crick. He is a credit to the Post Office as I regularly receive compliments and positive comments about his excellent customer service. I really hope we see him continue as Postmaster for many years to come."
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Posted: Tue, 30 Nov 2021 15:16 by Emma Needham