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CLAIRE Rosser runs The Bank Post Office and Coffee Shop in Newbridge.

Mrs Rosser runs the business with her husband - and they are both former Welsh international swimmers.

She said: “Re-opening the much-needed Post Office in the town was much needed due to the closure of all the banks here.

“We can provide much-needed banking services to local people and businesses.


“It has now become a community hub, with people using our coffee shop as safe, Covid-19-friendly place to meet up with friends and family for food and drinks.

“The Post Office stayed open daily throughout the lengthily first lockdown.

“We set up a not-for-profit delivery service delivering produce purchased from the local butchers, green grocers and milkman and delivered essentials twice a week to our vulnerable customers throughout lockdown.

“It helped keep us going, but also helped several other local businesses survive through a difficult time.

“We have created a large, covered, outdoor space within the past few months, which has allowed people from the local community, to continue to meet in small groups, in a safe, welcoming environment.”

The business can be found at 20 High Street, Newbridge.

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