Popular sub-postmistress retires from Barrowby Post Office
A popular village sub-postmistress is retiring next week after 15 years of dedicated service at a busy village branch.
Janet Quinn, 60, has been running Barrowby Post Office since 2004 but is set to hand over the keys to new sub-postmistress Jennifer Pinner on Tuesday to “spend more time with family”.
Janet, who lives on the Manthorpe estate in Grantham with husband John and son Matthew, initially ran Quinn News Round with John. They wanted a base to work from so bought the branch in 2004.
Janet added: “We had wanted something like this for ages so snapped it up when it came on sale.”
They continue to run the news round and will do so after Janet retires.
Janet also has two daughters, Cathy, who works at Grantham Hospital, and Vicky, who often helps her mum out at the shop in the afternoon.
She has seen many changes during her time at the branch, adding: “I have seen an increase in eBay parcels over the years.
“We don’t get a lot of pensions now since the pension books were withdrawn, but we do get a lot more cash withdrawals than we did before.”
They have also expanded the services they offer over the years, including newspapers, confectionary, groceries and cards.
Despite making plans for the future, Janet said her retirement will be “a big change for us all”.
She added: “It wasn’t an easy decision but it has been on the cards for a while.
“I had been trying to sell it for quite a while and I was very close to closing it altogether which would have been a massive shame as it is very much the hub of the village.”
As well as spending more time with those closest to her, Janet is also looking forward to building up her Forever Living business which manufactures and markets aloe vera-based drinks and bee-derived cosmetics.
But Janet wont be retiring from the Post Office all together.
She added: “I will be working part-time at Great Gonerby Post Office from Easter and will help out here if Jennifer wants a holiday.
“I have met some really lovely people in Barrowby. They are like extended family.
“Part of my heart will always belong here.”
Customers are invited to join Janet to celebrate her retirement and say goodbye at village pub The White Swan at 3pm tomorrow (Saturday)
All are welcome.