Cousland Postmistress retires after 32 years running home Post Office

Friday October 27th 2023

Cousland Post Office Postmistress retires

Cousland Postmistress Andrea Carnie and her husband Ken.


Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Cousland Postmistress Andrea Carnie has retired after 32 years of providing Post Office services from home.

Andrea made space at her home to offer Post Office services to her Midlothian village, where Andrea and her husband, Ken, have lived for 48 years.

After more than three decades of loyal service Andrea has decided that it is the right time to retire. Cousland Post Office has closed today.

Postmistress Andrea Carnie said: “I have enjoyed my time as Postmistress for Cousland. The best part of the role is the people that you meet. I have got to know people well including several generations of the same family.

“Providing a Post Office from my home allowed me to maintain a Post Office to the village. It also worked well with raising my family. I also was able to stay open throughout Covid to serve the community.

“Now is the right time for me to retire. It’s not far to the nearest Post Office at Whitecraig, but sadly it’s not easy for those without their own transport.”

Cousland Post Office had been open weekday mornings, allowing Andrea time to raise her children and for crafting and gardening. Now Andrea will have extra time for these hobbies.

Post Office Area Manager, Brian McNaughton, said: “I really want to thank Andrea for providing Post Office services from her home for more than three decades. I am sure that the community is very grateful for this service. I wish Andrea a very well-earned retirement.”

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