Leicester postmaster Hemandra Hindocha will be hosting a special meal tonight (28 July) for 45 local postmasters to celebrate his 40 years’ service with the Post Office.
Although Hindocha, or ‘H’ as he is known to his customers, reached the milestone in June he wanted to celebrate his achievement once Covid restrictions were eased.
“I am really proud to have worked for the Post Office for such a long time and I am delighted to be recognised for my long service. It is amazing to think I have successfully run Post Office branches for a total of 40 years,” Hindocha said.
“Of course, I could not have reached this incredible milestone without the wonderful support of my wife Kirti, daughter and son-in- law Nisha and Bhavesh, grandson Saiyan and my son Sameet. Special thanks must also go to my wonderful team here at Westcotes namely Kamlesh, Bharti and Bhavna who have worked with me for over 16 years.”
Hindocha began his Post Office career on 26 June 1981 when he became postmaster of Regent Square Post Office, Northampton. He ran the branch for seven years before applying for a postmaster vacancy at Westcotes Post Office, Leicester. He has served his community as a postmaster there for 33 years.
Amanda Jones, Post Office retail and franchise network director, was on hand to present Hemandra with a 40 years’ Long Service Award, cake and flowers.
“H is one of our incredible postmasters. He goes the extra mile for his community and he goes above and beyond to support fellow postmasters. He is knowledgeable, approachable, caring and positive. So many Post Offices have benefited from his help and guidance over the years,” Jones said.
During his career with the Post Office, Hindocha has also run several other branches in the area, on an interim basis, in order to maintain vital Post Office services to customers.
He has also taken the time to assist other less experienced postmasters in the Midlands area and set up, along with Melrose postmaster Vijay Kanabar, a postmaster support group for the area, which offers advice and guidance to recently appointed operators.
Although 69 years old, customers will be relieved to hear that ‘H’ has no immediate plans to retire and he is looking forward to serving his loyal customers for many more years.