BOURTON’S newlyrefurbished post office opened its doors to the public last weekend with new opening hours and a fresh coat of paint.

The Bourton branch was selected to pilot the Post Office’s new ‘Main’ model scheme and is now open from 7am to 6pm, seven days a week.

Cotswold MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown officially opened the new and improved post office along with Bourton’s second oldest resident, 94-year-old Cecil Minchin, who bought the first book of stamps, and manager Gary Kirkman.

Mr Clifton-Brown was delighted to open the new post office.

He said: “Gary and I have worked very closely together over the issue of post offices in the Cotswolds over a number of years and I am delighted that the hard work he has put into his own post office has been recognised by his participation in this pilot programme.”

The refurbishment of the post office has cost £45,000 with the Post Office providing £30,000 of funding and the remaining £15,000 invested by Mr Kirkman himself.