Saturday, 10 April 2021

End of an Era at the Post Office

 On the Hay Community Facebook page, Steve Like has made the announcement that he is tendering his resignation to the Post Office, and that therefore the Post Office will be closing, probably by mid-June.

He's been trying to retire for several years.  The Post Office has been on the market, but no-one has come forward to buy it, and he was also exploring the possibility of leasing the business - that seems to have fallen through at the last minute.

The ATM at the Post Office will continue to be refilled for now, but will also have to go eventually.

(There is a cash machine at the back of the Co-op).

It's very sad that there seems to be no way of keeping the Post Office open.  The loss of the Post Office will have an impact on all the local businesses that send parcels (not just bookshops), as well as all the people who pay bills at the Post Office counter.  And, of course, all the staff will lose their jobs.  Post coming into Hay will have to be sorted elsewhere, too, which will have an impact on our local postmen and women.

I wish Steve Like a long and happy retirement.  I'm sure this was a difficult decision for him to make.

Friday, 9 April 2021

Local Gin Distillery

I had no idea there was a gin distillery in Hay until I got the Brecon & Radnor Express this week.

Under the Public Notices column is an application from Little Knapp Distillery of Lion Street for a premises license to sell alcohol, with extended hours over the period of Hay Festival.

They have a website at

They are very much a craft distillery - they make London Dry Gin in batches of up to only 25 bottles.  Their brands are Wild Knapp Gin and Doctor Beaky, and they flavour the gin with fruit, herbs and flowers from the land around the distillery (which is in a shed in their back garden).

Thursday, 8 April 2021

Traffic Restrictions

 As Hay gets ready to open up to visitors again on 12th April, there's been some local concern about the traffic restrictions that will be put in place in the centre of town.  

Traffic restrictions, to aid social distancing, were put in place last year during the easing of the lockdown - that's when the flower boxes started appearing round town as well.

Once again, there will be pedestrianised areas and pick up points for collecting goods from local businesses at the edges of the restricted area.

Yesterday I saw Trudy, the Mayor, standing in the street outside Londis with a couple of local business owners, discussing the changes and why the council has had to bring them in, and she's also had a letter published in the Brecon and Radnor explaining what they are doing and why they are doing it.

There will be, for example, ten parking spaces in the main car park which will be free for people who stay for an hour or less, so they can just pop to the shops quickly.  They are also only closing the roads from noon onwards, so anyone who needs access to the centre of town can use their car in the mornings.

The Council is not trying to kill local businesses, as some opponents of the scheme have claimed.

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Community Banking

 When the last bank in Hay closed, several people made the suggestion that the banks should get together and share a premises so that the people of Hay would still be able to do the banking that they need to do.

Well, they're not exactly sharing, but they are taking it in turns.

From Thursday 15th April, between 10am and 3pm, a community banking expert will be at the Parish Hall as part of the Access to Cash scheme.

On 15th April, it's Barclays.

On 22nd April, HSBC will be there.

On 29th April, NatWest will be there.

Saturday, 3 April 2021

Friday, 2 April 2021

Shepherds Ice Cream

 I follow a lot of Good Omens fans on Twitter, which means I get to see a lot of photos of Michael Sheen and David Tennant in my time line - (I know, what a hardship!).  Here's one that caught my eye - Michael Sheen is carrying two cones of Shepherd's ice cream!

I think he's at some sort of charity football event.

Thursday, 1 April 2021