Thursday, 21 June 2018

Plants to decorate old call box

THIS is the moment an old phone box was taken away to be turned into a floral display.

THIS is the moment an old phone box was taken away to be turned into a floral display.

The defunct kiosk in Blackmore Lane, Sonning Common, was bought from BT for £1.65 by the parish council on behalf of the Village Gardeners.

The voluntary group plans to relocate it in the centre of the village and decorate it with flowers.

The half-ton kiosk was dug out by contractor Rob Smith with help from a friend before being lifted by a crane into the back of a lorry by staff from Peppard Building Supplies.

It will be stored before being refurbished and repainted in traditional red.

Chrissie Phillips-Tilbury, a parish councillor who chairs the Village Gardeners, said: “It will look like a regular telephone box but will be planted out.

“We hope it will be something interesting for the village and a real talking point. We want people to say, ‘wow, look at that, it looks really different’.”

BT has been offering towns and villages the opportunity to buy telephone boxes under its Adopt-a-Kiosk scheme.

Mark Johnson, of BT Payphones, said: “The most fantastic thing about the scheme has been how communities across the country have become involved.

“Red phone boxes have become a focal point for all sorts of activities. It’s so gratifying to see them given a new lease of life.”

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