Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Old telephone box becomes a flower bed

AN old telephone box has been reinstalled in Sonning Common — and will be turned into a flower bed.

AN old telephone box has been reinstalled in Sonning Common — and will be turned into a flower bed.

The traditional red kiosk, which has been found a new home in Wood Lane, will be decorated with a floral display by the Village Gardeners, a group of volunteers.

It was previously in Blackmore Lane but was removed so that it could be refurbished and repainted and the broken panes replaced.

Chrissie Phillips-Tilbury, a parish councillor who chairs the Village Gardeners, said: “It has engendered all this pleasure and delight in people that it’s actually happening.

“It has taken such a long time from buying the kiosk through to putting it in place. It is a bit odd and quirky but it’s great.”

Ms Phillips-Tilbury said the kiosk would be filled with soil and planted with climbers and flowering plants. Window boxes will be added and a solar panel will be installed in the roof to power a light inside the box at night.

The phone box was bought from BT for £1.65 by the parish council on behalf of the Village Gardeners. The company waived the £750 fee it would usually charge to remove cabling.

Ms Phillips-Tilbury thanked Fred Nickson, from Peppard, for supplying the red paint, Peppard Building Supplies for removing and installing the kiosk for free and contractor Rob Smith for agreeing to supply the solar panel and carrying out the refurbishment work. She added: “We’ve got a whole load of other things going on and it’s all coming together. We’re going to make sure the village looks the best it possibly can.”

Councillor Douglas Kedge, who chairs the parish council, said Mr Smith had done a “fantastic job”.

lBenches have been installed at Widmore Pond in Sonning Common. A noticeboard giving its history and wildlife information is also under development.

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