Bromley Cross Gets Stamp of Approval

  • Posted on: 30 August 2017

Residents of Great Bromley and nearby villages celebrated the opening of a new Post Office and Coffee Shop today (30 August) in the community-owned Great Bromley Cross Pub. 

The Post Office, which was opened by long-time Bromley resident Beryl Hurst, will now continue to open every Wednesday between 10am and 12 noon.  It will provide a much needed set of services from mobile phone top-ups, foreign currency ordering, banking to the usual Royal Mail postal services at home and abroad.

Commenting on the new service, Lesley Broadbent a committee member of the local community group  said: “It’s great to be able to offer local people a Post Office again after an absence of some two years.  And with the opening of the new Wednesday morning Coffee Shop selling tea, coffee and cake, there’s every reason to come and meet people and have a chat. And it gives us an opportunity to offer new services such as a pop up Nail Bar, which will be in the Coffee Shop Post Office every other week.”
The Post Office is a Hosted Outreach service which operates from The Cross after the Post Office held a public consultation over the past couple of months.  

The Coffee Shop will be run by local Kate Brotzman in a brand new venture.  “I have been involved with The Cross as a volunteer since it reopened as a Community Pub/Hub last year,” said Kate.  “I enjoy baking and wanted to take it to the next stage and am looking forward to welcoming people every Wednesday.”

The Bromley Cross was taken into Community Ownership in December 2016 after forming a Community Benefit Society. Local people raised £210,000 to purchase it.  This year has seen the former pub transform into a community hub with an extensive event programme and significant investment in new facilities.  The Cross has hosted everything from a Dog Walkers’ BBQ to CPR training.  It also hosts art exhibitions from nearby Mother Studios based in Ardleigh.  July saw the opening of a new £28,000 commercial kitchen following a successful grant application from CGC Environment Trust.  Other grant applications are in the pipeline which could see further improvements.