The business comprises a well-fitted store and post office and self-contained owners' accommodation with three bedrooms, double garage and garden. It has been run under management but the intention has always been to find a family prepared to run it. Post office salary is £9,000 a year and previous retail turnover was more than £100,000 a year. Agent Christie & Co points out that the purchase by the Charlton villager is indicative of a growing trend in which rural communities are striving to keep their post offices at the heart of village life by rallying to buy them to secure their long term futures. Christie recently sold the leasehold of Ickford Village Post Office and Store (left), near Aylesbury, in Bucks, on behalf of a consortium of villagers to a family. In February it sold Dirlston Village Store, East Lothian to a local consortium. {{PROPERTY }}