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Enham Post Office leads village commemorations

Enham Alamein Post Office is to commemorate #VEDAY75 and the villages unique link to WWII

Enham Alamein, named after the Battle of El Alamein, is having it’s special connection with World War 2 celebrated and commemorated. Led and co-ordinated by Cllr Leslie Francis. Postmaster and village Parish Chairman has arranged for a range of activities to mark this the 75th anniversary of victory in Europe.

Despite being in lockdown, the village of Enham Alamein will be brought together through various community commemorations.

During WWII, many injured from the battle of El Alamein were brought to the recovery centre which was based in Lower Enham.

In 1945, £250,000 was donated to Enham for the gallantry of British forces at the Battle of El Alamein. This generous donation allowed the village to build their disabled ex-servicemen’s centre. In thanks, “Alamein” was added to the village’s name to become Enham Alamein.

The close association of servicemen and the village continued during and after the war. Today the Enham Trust is a leading disability charity supporting people in their transition towards living independently.

Enham Alamein village still remains a centre for charity work and supporting others.

A lot of fundraising takes place over the year with competitions, raffles and events at the shop and Post Office to raise money for charities that support the local community.

Leslie is very busy at the moment supporting the community during the Covid 19 pandemic. Along with local volunteers, Leslie has been delivering food and essential items, providing a lifeline to the local residential home and to vulnerable customers who are self-isolating.

With its close links to World War II the Enham Alamein community had big plans for a VE Day street party but like many others has had to postpone these due to the Covid 19 pandemic. However, despite the change of plan, Leslie with the Parish Council, will be delivering flags to homes throughout the village to help local residents celebrate.

A local customer has also made a plaque for the shop and Post Office to commemorate this special day.

Cllr Francis, said: “The Post Office and shop is truly the hub of the village, and we are proud of our connection to World War II and supporting people in need.  We will be decorating the shop and Post Office to celebrate VE Day on Friday, we know we can’t celebrate together but we hope that everyone in Enham Alamein will join in and celebrate at home.”

Enham Alamein Post Office at 17 Newbury Road, Enham Alamein, SP11 6HH, is open:

  • Monday to Friday: 7am – 7pm (Including VE Day)
  • Saturday: 7.30am – 5.30pm
  • Sunday: 8am – 4pm.

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