Post office - all change

AFTER over 19 years at the helm of the village shop and post office in Brent Knoll, managers Eddie and Elaine Fuller are retiring. The Fullers, who work in the Brent Street shop, started their first shift back in August 1988. Before moving to the villag

AFTER over 19 years at the helm of the village shop and post office in Brent Knoll, managers Eddie and Elaine Fuller are retiring. The Fullers, who work in the Brent Street shop, started their first shift back in August 1988. Before moving to the village from Lancashire, Eddie worked as an agricultural engineer and Elaine worked in sales. Eddie said: "We decided we wanted a complete change of life so we decided to buy a post office. We looked at villages all over the place and Brent Knoll was in our price range."We came with the intention of staying four years, but we loved the village so much we decided to stay." The contract for the post office and shop was signed this week by new manageress Caroline Chennells. The exchange took place on Tuesday (May 1).Caroline, aged 41, will be moving into the house next door to the shop and will start her first days work in May. She said: "I live in London and wanted to move out of the city. I used to come to Somerset for holidays when I was a little girl and it seemed like a lovely place to live."Caroline will be living in the village with her husband David Salamanca, aged 38, and their two children Fredrick, aged three and nine-month-old Alessandro. The couple has lived in the capital since 2004, after meeting in Costa Rica while Caroline was travelling. She said: "I travelled around Spain, Egypt and Costa Rica. I married David out there and we ran a bar and restaurant there together. After Fred was born we moved back to London, but I'm sick of it now. "I work as a personal assistant for a gold mining company. When I told my boss what I was planning to do he said it was a radical change but I think he was impressed." Eddie and Elaine will be helping Caroline in the shop at the start while David looks after the children. Eddie added: "We don't have any big travel plans, but I think we will take some holidays. We both want to stay in Brent Knoll and enjoy retirement." Caroline will move into her new home tomorrow (Sat) and will start her first shift at the post office on Tuesday. Eddie will stay on to help out in the shop while Caroline completes a post office training course.


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