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Red Heritage Phone Box...Ideas?

The red phone box opp. the Corner shop will be removed unless Shiplake PC adopts the box. Initial responses to the website article reference its iconic image and desire to retain it as part of village 'street scene'. Ideas include: use as an info. centre for residents/walkers/tourists with history of villages (Tennyson, Orwell, Church), Thames Path, Local Events, with perhaps use as a village library. A defib unit..we have one. Any other ideas? Decision to made at Jan 9th council meeting.

Posted by: David Pheasant | 14/12/2016 12:47 pm

‣No doubt many of you will have received new books for Christmas. disposing of old ones? Please think of the Red Telephone Box Book Exchange in Shiplake. We would like novels and good reads â€" especially children’s books.
BUT- - - please do not leave bags and books on the floor or stacked randomly on shelves. Fill the shelf spaces only or leave them at 8 Manor Wood Gate, off Northfield Ave.” Many thanks to all contributors.

Posted by: David Pheasant | 10/01/2019 6:05 pm

The red phone box is now owned by the parish council, which is looking into refurbishment of the box and its use. The ideas of the 'book & possibly magazine swap' and perhaps information on the villages and the Thames Path are good ones, as seems to work well with the phone box in Binfield Heath. Any volunteers to help with this project and make the area around the box more presentable, please let me know.

Posted by: David Pheasant | 09/06/2017 10:39 am

We are also looking at some ideas for this part of the village in the Neighbourhood Plan process that is underway and how the box could potentially be integrated into those ideas, so the more ideas the better.....have your say when the questionnaire comes round soon! Its your village!

Posted by: Peter Boros | 12/05/2017 1:50 pm

The contract to adopt the phone box has been signed by the parish council at a cost of £1. Once the box is 'handed over' we will be looking for volunteers to improve its appearance and establish what the best use for it is in the future. Please don't be shy in coming forward. You may have noticed the original green telecoms cabinet has been repainted at our request.

Posted by: David Pheasant | 12/05/2017 12:34 pm

For those residents who may not have received a notification on the phone box: 'Many thanks for all the constructive ideas for a use for the red telephone box. It is iconic and the parish council agreed, at its January council meeting, to request it is retained and make provision for repainting and its general maintenance. We look forward to discussing its use based on the suggestions from residents. We will in contact once the adoption is formalised.'

Posted by: David Pheasant | 10/01/2017 5:16 pm

The defibrillator is on the outside wall of the Baskerville, chosen as it is central and well lit. To use it you ring the number on the outside for instructions and a code to open it. It is accessible when the pub is closed and it has the power supply it needs.

Posted by: Carol Harvey | 30/12/2016 10:32 am

How is the defibrillator in the Baskerville accessed at the moment?

Posted by: Elaine Fowler | 15/12/2016 4:15 pm

Excellent idea to put the defibrillator in the telephone box then it will be accessible to everyone.

Posted by: Ann Manning | 15/12/2016 2:15 pm

Thank you Elaine for the link. Both plantings and books require upkeep, though do like the book idea. Can we have the defibrillator in there too? Big red phone boxes are a great place for those

Posted by: Elizabeth Tyler | 14/12/2016 10:43 pm

I agree we should keep it, it is an iconic part of the village. A library in the form of a 'Book & Magazine Swop' centre sounds good.
I am not too keen on the current planting scheme in the one at Sonning Common but if they are planted up well they can look very lovely.
Elizabeth, see page 13/19: 'All you need to know about adopting'. https://business.bt.com/content/dam/bt/business/PDFs/payphones/Adopt-a-Kiosk-Brochure.pdf

Posted by: Elaine Fowler | 14/12/2016 8:15 pm

I guess BT may keep title to the land but we need to confirm position. Certainly there will not be a telephone service, no fee is mentioned, we should be able to use for whatever we wish and the parish council will be responsible for its maintenance. BT plan is to remove 73 public phones across South Oxfordshire, unless a specific local council states they want to retain, use and maintain their box by 21st Jan 2017.

Posted by: David Pheasant | 14/12/2016 1:14 pm

What does it mean to adopt it? Is there a fee? Maintenance? I think we should do it, but wondering what it means.

Posted by: Elizabeth Tyler | 14/12/2016 12:57 pm

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