Residents will be aware that in May 2018, just days before the Natwest branch closed, Bawtry Post Office on Station Road, closed without warning.
Since then, there has been an ongoing effort, supported by the Town Council, to secure a new post office - and in the longer term to establish banking back in the town.
Last summer, Post Office Ltd agreed to a have a mobile post office opening in the library two mornings each week. We are all grateful to the library for helping this to happen, but for the long term, Bawtry needs a permanent post office.
Caroline Flint has praised Bawtry Action for Recreation and Sport, who held their 15th Annual Sports Day and Gala this week.
Said Caroline: “Congratulations to Sandy Young, Nigel Senior and all of those associated with BARS on another successful Sports Day and Gala.
“This event has become a regular annual fixture in the Doncaster calender and to see this ground with a new pavilion shows that all of the effort and fundraising has paid off. This has been a real addition to community life in Bawtry and beyond.”
Read my article on bank closures for the Yorkshire Post here.
As the argument over bank closures resurfaced in Parliament, two glimmers of hope appeared. One from RBS and one from the Government.
Read my speech in the Commons debate on Community Bank Closures
Caroline Flint (Don Valley) (Lab)
I am sure that we all heed your words, Madam Deputy Speaker, and thank you for your consideration this afternoon. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent North (Ruth Smeeth) and the hon. Member for Hazel Grove (Mr Wragg) on securing the debate.
During a debate on community banking, the MP addressed RBS bosses, saying: “Please do not patronise me with offers to meet a ‘senior representative’ when you refuse to provide any information which may demonstrate that small businesses, pensioners or the community generally may need the services provided in the Thorne and Bawtry branches more than you care to admit.”
Don Valley MP Caroline Flint has challenged Prime Minister Theresa May over communities left behind by bank branch closures.
The MP reminded Mrs May that in June she had told the Commons she wanted “no one and no community left behind”.
Caroline Flint is to raise the proposed closure of two NatWest branches with the Minister.
“The closure of NatWest in Bawtry leaves this town with no bank branch; and Thorne is reduced to two branches. I have no confidence in the Government’s protocol on branch closures to stop the tide of local branches disappearing from our small towns.
Caroline Flint and Doncaster Mayor George Derx joined hundreds of residents, local school children and a visiting choir to mark the countdown to the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower pilgrims.
Photo (right) Bawtry Theatre act out scenes from the Pilgrim Fathers.
Caroline Flint was given first sight of a new development, when she joined UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, McCarthy and Stone, to break the ground at a new development in Bawtry.
William Bradford Court will provide 34 apartments for the over-60s; the first of which can be purchased off plan from November 2017.