Stuart Rogers, the Postmaster of Ashburton Post office, has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queens’ Birthday Honours list.
Stuart is to receive the award for services to the Post Office in Ashburton and the local community. Stuart and his wife Jackie took over the Ashburton Post Office five years ago after working in retail for many years.
Stuart and Jackie have transformed the towns post office to become the beating heart of the community. With all the banks in the town closing Stuart worked tirelessly to raise the awareness of the banking services the post office can provide, and each transaction that the ATM cash machine outside undertakes provides two pence for local community funds which now run into thousands of pounds.
The ATM is the only cash machine of 71,000 in the country to have this service. Nearly one in four transactions in the Ashburton Post Office is now related to banking in the town which includes business banking.
During our chat Sue Hudson of the Ashburton Deli came in with a bottle of champagne for Stuart: “It’s been like this all day, people coming into congratulate us. I was shocked and delighted to be recognised with honour. This is not just for me but for all of the team and for the whole of Ashburton which is a fantastic community that I’m proud to part of.”
Mel Stride Rt Hon MP for central Devon said: “Stuart’s honour is completely deserved, he has done a huge amount to promote post offices both locally and at a national level. Ashburton is lucky to have him and this honour recognises the huge contribution that he has made to so many locally.”
Recently Stuart, 50, was appointed as the South West Board member of the National Federation of Sub Postmasters. Stuart is also setting up an All Party Parliamentary Group on sustaining our communities and high streets.