ALVESTON is gearing up to defend its post office from the possible threat of closure.

Campaigners are planning to hold a rally in the village in February if its sub post office is on the official list of branches being considered for the axe.

The Greenhill Parade business is one of several post offices in South Gloucestershire thought to be at risk from government cost-cutting plans.

Royal Mail Group is set to reveal the list in February at the start of a six week period of local consultation.

Toby Savage, chairman of the Hands Off Our Post Office (HOOPO) action group, made up mostly of young Alveston residents and former Marlwood School pupils, said: "We're hoping our recent efforts will pay off but we're not taking any chances.

"If Alveston is on the list we won't have much time to organise action so we're starting our planning early."

He said the Countryside Alliance had agreed to take part and other organisations, including Age Concern, had also expressed an interest in supporting the rally.

South Gloucestershire Council had also pledged support, said Toby, and other local organisations would be approached in the coming months.

HOOPO has also set up a group on the social-networking site, Facebook, to help build support.

Severn ward councillor Cllr Matthew Riddle said: "Our area has lost seven post offices since 1997 and we are determined to ensure we don't lose anymore. South Gloucestershire Council will be doing everything it can to ensure that local voices are heard."