Nothing stays the same for long—even in Cropwell Bishop.
In past times, many of you will have visited our old Post Office and Newsagent on a weekly basis to pay for your papers and many more will have entered it almost daily.
Maybe you stopped off on the way from Primary School, or when you were returning on the school bus from Bingham.
Maybe you popped in to buy a birthday card, chocolate or whatever. It was our "corner shop" that always seemed to stock that odd item that you desperately needed, whether it was for a meal, putting on a kids party or repairing a leaking radiator. And it was even quicker than "next day delivery".
Those couples who ran the shop were village characters themselves and probably knew as much as anyone of all the goings-on in Cropwell Bishop.
It all came to an end in the summer of 2015 when Chantelle and Mark closed shop for the last time (but continue to deliver newspapers here).
Today, only the front wall still stands and that won't be there for much longer.
I wonder if, in time, we will look back and say that it was all inevitable. Credit cards, emails, mobile phones, online-banking, online-newspapers and next-day home-deliveries have replaced virtually everything our Sub Post Office had to offer.
The one thing this new technology did not replace is the face-to-face, ad-hoc, social contact that it provided.
We are fortunate in having a fairly wide variety of shops, services and businesses in Cropwell Bishop. Compare us with other similar sized villages and you will see that we have a lot to be thankful for (excluding the current bus-service!).
It is up to us to make good use of what we have. Walking along village streets and bumping into people and having a chat does not happen everywhere. I think we should value that and try to preserve it while, at the same time, we welcome "change" in Cropwell Bishop.
The photos below were taken in 2006.