IT'S the 'end of an era' for one village post office after their stalwart manager called time on her long career.

The Greenstead Green post office, just off Church Road, has been celebrating after the retirement of their "matriarch" Angie Kerrison, 65.

Angie, who lives in Halstead, was the post office's manager and has worked there since it was created 14-years-ago.

She has worked in the post industry for 20 years and previously worked in banking.

As a Halstead resident, Angie also spends her time as bell ringer for the St Andrew's Church while also tending to the church's flowers.

Now Angie is taking her well earned retirement having stamped her presence on the industry.

Lynette Smith worked with Angie at the post office and says she's a pillar of the community and will be sorely missed.

She said: "Today was the end of an era. Angie has been here since the doors opened on the first day 14 years ago.

"She has been with post office for 20 years coming from a long background in banking.

"As we all know great things come in small packages and Angie is no exception.

"She's really good fun but also very aware. She really looks after our people.

"With a winning smile and bubbly personality she dominated the post office and will be sorely missed.

"Friend, confidant and matriarch, always going the extra mile for anyone coming into us.

"We're wishing you every happiness in your retirement."

The post office is part of a larger building and shares space with a coffee shop and a ladies boutique among other businesses.

On her final day, customers and colleagues from throughout the building came to say goodbye.