Ringing the changes

The Glanton phone box painting team of (clockwise from bottom left) John Jang, Tony Meikle, Mike Mason, Richard Verrill, Sue Rogers and Tina Meikle.
The Glanton phone box painting team of (clockwise from bottom left) John Jang, Tony Meikle, Mike Mason, Richard Verrill, Sue Rogers and Tina Meikle.

VILLAGERS who saved a local landmark from the scrap-heap are hoping to ring in a few changes – by turning their old red phonebox into a place to swap books.

The traditional kiosk in Glanton was spared after a campaign led by local photographer and village website editor Tony Meikle, to persuade the parish council to hand over a pound to owners BT.

Although they initially refused to take over ownership of the box on Front Street – which was due to be axed as part of a review by the phone company – the council relented when residents said they would renovate and maintain it.

And they started in earnest on Friday, armed with paint brushes and sandpaper, to restore the historic structure to its former glory.

But because the actual telephone has been removed, they now plan to use the kiosk as a place to exchange literature, as well as advertise local businesses and display community information.

Tony, 66, said: “Renovation work has now started – the door has been removed for repair and the exterior is being prepared for a fresh coat of red paint.

“How the box will eventually be used has yet to be decided, the main objective at the moment is to preserve a feature that has been a part of the village scene for many decades.

“Work on the box is a bit of fun and certainly a social occasion.”

Anyone who would like to get involved can contact Tony on 01665 578546.

A collection box has been placed in the village shop.