A husband and wife duo have swapped sunshine for Somerset after they moved four and a half thousand miles to buy a Post Office in Churchill.
Even without the shift across the Atlantic, taking on the Post Office will be a complete lifestyle change for Clive and Sandra Heyward. The pair worked for many years on board cruise ships - Clive as a Casino Manager and Sandra as the manager of a spa and salon - before swapping the high seas for the Sunshine State and settling in Florida, where they had two children.
But as time passed the pair began to miss the familiarity of Somerset. Mrs Heyward said: “As grand as life was in America, the sun, beaches and palm trees just weren’t enough. We always said we would eventually move back to England to be close to family and friends. Of course, the years went by, but we finally set a date and purchased four one way tickets to Heathrow.”
Once back in England, the pair bought Churchill Post Office through business agent Redwoods Dowling Kerr, and they have big plans.
They will introduce a new specialty range of foods to include a gluten free range, and will increase the use of local suppliers. The couple also plans to put a new Tearoom menu into operation, as well as introducing buffet style catering and a new delicatessen counter, selling all local produce. Handmade gifts are also on the agenda, and a new delivery and pick up service will soon be in operation.
The new and improved Post Office opened to the public on Saturday 27th August.
Mr and Mrs Heyward added: “We are finally settled and plan to stay in Churchill for a very long time.”
“We have lots of ideas to improve our shop and together with suggestions from the local community we plan to make Churchill Post Office Stores and Tearoom a place to be proud of.
“We don’t want to be ‘just’ a post office.”
Churchill Post Office, Churchill - Sold by Redwoods Dowling Kerr
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