AREAS in Barnsley without a permanent post office have been thrown a lifeline as part of a new ‘outreach’ programme.

This week the state-owned Post Office announced that Thurgoland and Dodworth – as well as Grenoside in Sheffield – will be served by the Birdwell postmaster from March 26, as part of the firm’s new outreach programme.

Services in Thurgoland will be available from the Village Store between 2.30pm and 4.30pm every Thursday, while the postmaster will visit Dodworth’s newly-renovated library from 2pm to 4pm every Monday and 10.30am to 12.30pm every Tuesday.

Richard Clark, Post Office change manager, said: “We are pleased to be able to reinstate the Post Office services to these communities as a temporary outreach services while we continue to seek a permanent solution.”

More than 2,500 Post Office branches nationally face the threat of closure, according to the National Federation of SubPostmasters, with many – including Pitt Street, Barnsley – being handed over to franchisees.