Philip first class postmaster

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.

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