A POSTMISTRESS from Enham who received a New Year’s Honour recognition for providing services to her Hampshire community with a British Empire Medal has thanked residents and customers for their support. 

Leslie Francis the sub-postmaster for Enham Alamein Post Office was delighted to receive the recognition and said "it wouldn't be possible without all of the supportive members of the community". 

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Leslie and her husband, Tim, took on the village store and Post Office in Enham Alamein 18 years ago. They had moved from Shirley in Southampton to the close-knit village with many elderly residents and people with disabilities. Her daughter’s reaction was “you will love it there as you love to help people.”.

She said: "Since moving here it has been a pleasure to be a part of the community and help local businesses and charities. On average I work between 60 to 70 hours a week, but I do that because I'm dedicated and I love my job!

"Over the years, we have raised thousands of pounds for different charities and I am so proud of all the work we have achieved with the help of our amazing customers."

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Throughout the covid pandemic, the Enham Alamein Post Office's workload doubled as they introduced doorstep deliveries to help those with disabilities.