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Somerleyton Post Office - winner of a national award From surfing the web to buying locally grown produce - Somerleyton Post Office offers villagers much more that just stamps and parcel delivery.

Now the branch, in the village of Somerleyton near Lowestoft has been crowned the U.K.'s Best Community Post Office for 2009.

As well as the main counter services, Somerleyton post office has an internet café, a meeting space for village social events and even offers transport to and from the local train station and hospital for elderly villagers. It has become the hub of the small community and is home to the village store and a tea room with a garden where locals and visitors can relax with a refreshing drink.

Subpostmistress Lynne Homer was praised at the People's Post Office Awards ceremony in London for her community spirit and innovation. She said: "We offer a unique shopping experience to all of our customers. We believe in old fashioned family values and our friendly staff always ensure every customer receives a trusted, honest and valued service that is synonymous with the Post Office. "We are the real hub of this small rural community and our services extend beyond the post office counter offering."

BBC Breakfast television host Kate Silverton, who presented the awards today said: "Post Offices have a special place in people's hearts. They represent everything that is great about communities across the UK. "Somerleyton in particular has demonstrated how going that extra mile creates a sense of loyalty with customers and helps to build and maintain a strong, trusted and much-appreciated business."

The judges for the awards praised the range of facilities available in Somerleyton. They said: "This branch is a great example of innovation - it has expanded into a range of local services and truly made itself a hub for the area."

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