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Home > News > Babergh Leader thanks local Postmen and Women as they gear up to deliver a first class Christmas

Babergh Leader thanks local Postmen and Women as they gear up to deliver a first class Christmas

Posted by on 5 December 2018 | Comments

Babergh District Council Leader John Ward visited Royal Mail’s Delivery Office in Hadleigh this morning to see first-hand the operation of delivering Christmas post and to pass on early Season’s Greetings to its dedicated, hardworking staff.

Cllr Ward was shown around the office by Delivery Office Manager Wayne Farthing on Wednesday 5 December and was introduced to the postmen and women, who will be pulling out all the stops to sort and deliver mail in Babergh in the forthcoming busy Christmas period.

The Festive Season is Royal Mail’s busiest period, as millions of people shop online for gifts as well as sending Christmas cards and parcels. Royal Mail also plays a key role in e-commerce for many businesses sending goods to customers throughout Christmas shopping season.

Cllr John Ward, Leader of Babergh District Council, said: “Our local postmen and women work hard throughout the year delivering our mail, but at Christmas time there work and dedication is clearer than ever: with so many items passing through the post this month their work is extraordinary and deserves to be recognised, both here in Babergh and across the country.

“It was wonderful to meet the team here in Hadleigh and thank them for the extraordinary lengths they will go to ensure Christmas parcels and cards are delivered to loved ones on time, as well as thanking them for delivering our mail services all through the year, in all weathers.”

Wayne Farthing, Royal Mail Delivery Office Manager, said: “Our postmen and women will be working extremely hard to deliver Christmas parcels, cards, letters and parcels to people in Babergh. We are grateful Cllr Ward visited the office to see our operation and to support the team.

“We’d like to remind our customers to post early this Christmas and to ensure all their mail is posted by the recommended dates, so that friends and family can enjoy their Christmas greetings and parcels. If everyone uses the postcode on every item of mail, this also helps us greatly in the job that we do at this very busy time.”


As the Christmas period approaches, Royal Mail provide the following advice to customers:

Royal Mail customers can make use of services offered by Royal Mail that avoid the need to visit busy delivery offices where appropriate. These include:

  • Arranging a re-delivery of an undelivered item free of charge on a day that is convenient for them (including Saturdays) rather than visiting the delivery room in person, or Royal Mail can deliver the item to a different address within the same postcode area. This service can be arranged by calling the number on the “Something for You” card postmen and women leave or by visiting the Royal Mail re-delivery webpage.
  • Letting Royal Mail know who to deliver items to if you are unavailable: they can be left with a neighbour if customers are not at home when delivery is attempted. Customers can nominate a dedicated neighbour to take in their parcels by filling in a form at their delivery office.

Residents preparing for Christmas should be aware that the last recommend posting dates are:

  • Second Class: Tuesday 18 December 2018
  • First Class: Thursday 20 December 2018
  • Special Delivery: Saturday 22 December 2018

Customers can also help Royal Mail ensure that all their letters, cards and parcels are delivered as quickly and efficiently as possible by taking a few easy steps:

  • Post early – Avoid disappointment by posting your cards and parcels early.
  • Use the postcode – A clearly addressed card or parcel, with a postcode, and return address on the back of the envelope, will ensure quick and efficient delivery.
  • Use Special Delivery – For valuable and important packages and parcels guarantee delivery with Royal Mail’s Special Delivery, which means your gift is tracked, traced and insured against loss.
  • Wrap parcels well and always give a return address
  • For more information about Royal Mail’s last recommended posting dates, please visit the Royal Mail Last Posting Dates webpage or call 03457 740 740.