Is Bonar Bridge home to the only Post Office/ Bike Shop in the UK?
On the 18th April Bonar Bridge welcomed a new Postmaster into its fold. Chris Bowden from Tain has taken over the running of the Post Office after the previous Postmistress – Abaigeal Milne decided to move on.
Bonar Bridge’s Post Office was purchased by the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust in May 2014. This opportunity enabled the community of the Kyle of Sutherland to secure the Post Office in its current location at a time when the trend was for post office branches across Sutherland to close and be relocated into grocery shops or newsagents. Community consultation was overwhelming in its support for the Post office to remain in its position on the Lairg Road as one of the key services in the village.
When Chris heard about the opportunity at the Post Office he decided to apply for the position. However, his pitch to the Royal Mail was that he wanted to move his Ardgay based business ‘Heaven Bikes’ in to the Post Office too! After several weeks of interviews he won the contract.
Chris said, “Heaven Bikes is delighted that we have merged the Post Office and bike shop as one. Although there are lots of Post Offices that double as Newsagents or Chemists I think we might just be the only Post Office/ bike shop in the UK! We hope all our customers are happy with the merge… I would like to thank all my previous customers for their continued support over the years allowing me to do something I love, and I welcome all my previous and new customers to come and check out their new look Post Office. I’d also like to inform people that I’m in the retained Fire Brigade and I will be on call on Wednesdays and Saturdays so on the odd occasion the Post Office may have to close if I get a shout. I hope people will be understanding.”
Helen Houston, Development Manager at the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust said, “Post Offices are so important in rural communities, so the Trust is delighted that Bonar Bridge Post Office is under new management with Chris from Heaven Bikes at the helm. We think that it is great that the Post Office will also function as a bike shop!”
The Post Office Opening hours are:
Tuesday. 8:30 – 1:30, 2:00- 5:30
Wednesday 8:30 – 1:30, 2:00- 5:30
Thursday 8:30 – 1:30, 2:00- 5:30
Friday 8:30 – 1:30, 2:00- 5:30
Saturday. 8:30 – 1:30, 2:00- 3:30