Lover village launches 'Lover Post' for Valentine's Day

Lover village photo

Published Wednesday 25 January 2017

'The most romantic village' in the world is launching Valentine’s Day with 'Lover Post' to raise much-needed funds for the village.

The village of Lover has 8,000 limited edition iconic Valentine cards on sale at lover.org.uk. In the lead up to Valentine’s day anyone can place an order for a card to be sent from this famous village complete with a message and the special cachet stamp on the envelope that marks the card as ‘sent from Lover’.

Four designs are available, including the iconic village sign, a card designed by the children of the Lover & Redlynch Pre-school and two pop-up gift cards.

From 1 February a pop up Post Office will open in the heart of the village to encourage further orders to be received and volunteer 'village cupids' will be working hard to prepare the cards to be posted in time for Valentine’s Day. International orders close on the 5 February and UK orders on the 8 February.

This charming and exciting campaign is taking place in 'the most romantic village in the world' to help people send declarations of love this Valentine's Day.

Once a thriving, bustling village with a village shop, pub and primary school, it is now a village determined to prove it can thrive in modern times. In less than 2 months, the villagers raised £85,000 to purchase the Old School building lying vacant at the heart of the village. Donations from this year’s card will go towards the renovating the building and transforming it into a community asset.

The Lover Post is just one of many fundraising initiatives the village has embarked upon during this 'Year of Love'. Lover merchandise is now on sale at lover.org.uk and the community has organised a 'Run Your Heart Out' 5K for the 12 February which starts and finishes on the Lover Green.

Nick Gibbs, Chair of the Lover Community Trust said: 'The Lover Post has given us the opportunity to truly become "the most romantic village in the World" and create a legacy for future generations to come. If you want to show someone how much you love them, then why not send them one of our cards and help support village life whilst doing so. We hope thousands of people enjoy this heart-warming service.'

Notes to Editors:

Lover is a small village in Wiltshire close to the county border with Hampshire. It is within the New Forest National Park and part of the Redlynch Parish.

The settlement was once called Westminster Green, but by 1876 it was known as Lover, possibly a corruption of Lower Redlynch.

Lover consists of three roads that connect together to form a triangle – a 'love triangle’ some would suggest!

St. Mary’s Church, built in 1837 is at the heart of the village and has seen many marriages over the intervening years.

A former school was built in 1839 and re-built in 1878. It became Redlynch Church of England primary school. After the school closed in 2006, its playing fields were transferred to the Parish council and re-named Lover Green. The green is maintained by the community and is the venue for the annual Lover Country Fayre.

In 2015, the community registered the ‘Lover Community Trust’ as a charity to raise funds for the purchase of the school buildings from the church and transform it in to a community centre for the parish. This was a bid to celebrate village life and rescue it from future commercial development.

In 2016, the Old School was purchased by the community and the village hit the national and regional headlines for their intention to bring back the Valentine Post in 2017.

Media contacts:

Katie Small, heartbeat@lover.org.uk

Tel: 01725 512344 or mobile: 07766141455

Nick Gibbs, heartbeat@lover.org.uk

Tel: 01725 510317


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