Hebden Village Stores and Post Office to close

Craven Herald: Linda Wilson, who has been at the helm of the shop for the last 30 years Linda Wilson, who has been at the helm of the shop for the last 30 years

After 100 years of trading, Hebden Village Stores and Post Office will close its doors for the last time on Tuesday.

The shop, which stands prominently on the corner of Hebden Main Street, has become one of the most photographed in the area because of its London 2012 golden postbox, which honours the achievement of local rower Andrew Triggs Hodge.

He won a gold medal in the men’s four in front of a capacity crowd at last year’s Olympic Games.

Linda Wilson, who has been at the helm of the shop for the last 30 years, said: “It’s been a great pleasure to be such an integral part of village life.

“I will miss all my customers, but I’m not stepping down completely as I will still be selling and delivering the daily newspapers and making my homemade jams, marmalades and pickles.”

And she will be supplying a new shop, The Stables, which is due to open next to The Clarendon Hotel next month.

Hayley and Ashley Crampton have received planning permission to convert an unused part of the hotel into a small shop and will sell quality cooked meats, ice creams and general household groceries.

The Stables will open its doors in January and will have the same opening hours as the pub.

“We are delighted that we have received permission to continue the shop next to the pub,” said the Cramptons.

“So many villages are losing their shops and it’s been a great relief to all of us that a solution has been found.”

Whether or not the golden box will remain in its current location has yet to be determined as Hayley and Ashley have also applied for a licence to run a Post Office Local. “It will definitely be in the village somewhere,” said Peter Hodge, Andy’s father and a parish councillor. “We just need to see how things work themselves out.”

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