A Seer Green church has been praised for helping to set up a temporary community Post Office – after a village newsagents closed more than a year ago.

Seer Green Parish Council has said the village is “indebted” to Seer Green Baptist Church, in Wood Pond Close, after it was announced a temporary Post Office would be set up on site this month.

The newsagents and Post Office in Chalfont Road closed down in 2017 following the resignation of the postmaster, despite fierce opposition from scores of residents who passionately campaigned against the move.

The Post Office faced another blow in October last year after plans to change the use of the building – owned by Chiltern district councillor Siddharth Patel – from a shop to housing were given the green light.

Speaking on behalf of the parish council, clerk Liz Bates, said: “Following the loss of our Post Office over a year ago, Seer Green Parish Council is indebted to Seer Green Baptist Church for its proactive initiative in setting up a part-time postal service from its premises in Wood Pond Close.

“The reinstatement of a postal service will be of huge benefit to residents, in particular those who might wish to meet for a cup of coffee and a chat while transacting their business.

“It should be noted, however, that the Post Office regards this as a temporary measure while they search for a permanent and larger scale solution.”

The Post Office will reopen at the church from Tuesday, April 16 at 10am as a “temporary hosted outreach service” until a permanent solution is found.

Resident, Fliss Coombs, who campaigned to save the Post Office, added: “I’m sure the temporary pop-up Post Office will be welcomed by the local community as we still greatly miss having our own village Post Office which was always extremely busy.

“It’s also gratifying to hear that the Post Office are still committed to reinstating a full service in the village if suitable premises can be found.”