A post office with no address!

THE Allertons' only shop and post office, which is run from a caravan, is still not featured on any maps and visitors are unable to find it. The former post office, off Dunkerry Road, shut up shop 18 months ago when the postmistress retired. Rachel Willia

THE Allertons' only shop and post office, which is run from a caravan, is still not featured on any maps and visitors are unable to find it.The former post office, off Dunkerry Road, shut up shop 18 months ago when the postmistress retired.Rachel Williams took on the role and opened up the service from a caravan on her farm, but for six months money was still sent to the old post office, postal workers could not find the shop and the old store still remains on all the maps.Rachel, aged 35, said: "We still haven't been given a post box for the store. We often miss out on deliveries and for six months the money went to the old post office until the delivery men knew where we were."People still get lost coming here."The post office can be found on Little Moorland in Front Street, just before the moors.The only indication there is a post office is a small sign outside the farm.Paul Beauchamp, spokesman for the Ordnance Survey which is responsible for updating Britain's maps, said: "If it isn't on the map at the moment it will be in the future, but sometimes it takes a little bit of time to get them reprinted."The mapping agency has hundreds of officers across the country recording any changes, but members of the public and businesses are also welcome to call in with new details. Rachel and her husband Adrian Williams, aged 38, bought a field at the farm five years ago and had one cow and they have steadily built up the business. They are now the proud owners of two fields, 130 cattle and 25 pigs. They live in a mobile home on the land but are hoping to build their own house in the grounds next year, with a shop attached to it which will be used as the post office. Rachel, originally from Weston, met Adrian, who was born in Chapel Allerton, at a pony club event in Brent Knoll. They lived in Weston for 14 years but decided they wanted to move back to the Allertons in 2002.Rachel said: "It's really friendly here and everyone knows each other. It's still a proper village."The couple has a 10-year-old son who attends Hugh Sexey's School. They also sell their own beef, pork and lamb at their village shop.


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