Llanfair Clydogau postmistress Jean Heron retired this week after 38 years of dedicated service to the rural community.

Originally from Fishguard, Jean wanted to move to rural Wales to live and work, and Llanfair Clydogau ticked all the boxes.

It was in July 1983 that she took on the Post Office and convenience store.

Jean said: “People made us feel very welcome. It is a lovely community.

“I can’t believe where the last 38 have gone – time has flown by.

“People are delighted that I have the opportunity to retire and to take life easier, but they are upset that my husband, Al, and I are going. We plan to stay in the locality.

“The Post Office and shop were really busy with the pandemic as people wanted to stay local and they did not want to travel. There were so many parcels with people sending packages to people that they could not see and so many home shopping returns.

“The best thing about running a Post Office and village shop is being part of the community and knowing everyone. You are part of one big family.

“It worked out really well running the business and raising my two boys here.

“I want to thank people for their custom over many years. Customers have been very generous with retirement gifts.”

The shop opens under new management this Friday and the new owner is also applying to take on the Post Office. In the meantime, the nearest Post Office will be in Lampeter.

Jean and Al have bought a campervan and they are looking forward to having more time to travel to explore new places and to see family and friends. They also want to do more walking and to take up lawn green bowls.

Villagers presented Jean with a painting by a local artist of her shop and Post Office. Many attended the presentation or popped by to thank her for her loyal service.

There was also a presentation from the local Women’s Institute which Jean belongs to, plus many kind gifts from customers.

Post Office area manager Ryan Leonard also presented flowers and vouchers.

He said: “Jean has been devoted to this community for 38 years and she is highly regarded.

“I wish Jean and Al a well-earned retirement.

“We hope it will not be too long before Llanfair Clydogau Post Office can reopen again.”