Community-minded publicans Philip and Theresa Walsh have stepped in to provide a new venue for Wigglesworth village post office, which was forced to close in December.

The new facility is in the original tap room of their 17th century hostelry, The Plough Inn, which has undergone a substantial renovation since the couple took on the business last year.

Philip and Theresa, formerly at The Millstones in West Bradford, near Clitheroe, have been supporting village activities since they arrived, offering the inn as a venue for events and meetings. Theresa said: “We’re delighted to be able to provide a home for the post office. It is such an important part of keeping the village identity and, like everyone else, we missed it.

"Most of our staff live nearby and we feel it is important The Plough provides a focal point for the locals as well as attracting diners and residents from away.”

The new post office is run by Graham Scruton, who also operates the post office in Settle, and it is open Mondays from 10.30am to 12.30pm and Thursdays from 1pm to 3pm.