First class postmaster Philip Shelley is still looking forward as he celebrates 30 years
with the Post Office.
Philip, from Horsham, was presented with his 30-year Long Service Award by Caroline Hoare, Post Office field change advisor.
Having achieved his milestone Philip has no intention of resting on his
laurels at Coltsfoot Drive Post Office in Horsham.
He says he has plans to modernise and expand the premises later this year, which would include a convenience store.
The 63-year-old said: “I am delighted to receive the long service award and will accept this
award on behalf of my family and the wonderful team of staff that have supported
me and helped run this store and post office for many years. I still enjoy running the
post office and I am excited about developing the business even further in the
Philip started working in Southwater Post Office for his father before moving to the
newly built Coltsfoot Drive Post Office in 1980. He took over from his father as
postmaster of Coltsfoot Drive Post Office in April 1985, where he has remained at the
helm ever since.
The Post Office says Coltsfoot is very much a family run business. It is part of a
small shopping precinct in a busy residential area and the precinct was built by Mr Shelley’s father and has been a focal point of the area since 1980.
The third generation of family, Philip’s son Chris, is actively involved in the business.
Philip is married and has two grown up children. He enjoys fishing, walking his
two pet dogs and when time permits he loves to take his boat on a leisurely relaxing
trip down the River Thames.