CHIPPING Norton Post Office’s future was secured when the Midcounties Co-operative agreed to take it over later this year.

Townsfolk feared the High Street post office would close when its sub-postmistress left in October but the Co-op has agreed to take over from her.

The Co-op, which has a food store in High Street, plans to retain the three employees.

Jacqueline Frow, head of the Midcounties’ Co-operative Group, said: “We were approached by Post Office Ltd to see if we would like to take on Chipping Norton Post Office and we were happy to do so.

“As a co-operative business, we are committed to serving local communities and this will ensure an important service is retained in the same location which people are used to.