Crowland red telephone box project takes important step forward after improvement work
The return of Crowland's last surviving red telephone box has moved a step closer after its successful refurbishment.
Talks have taken place with Crowland Parish School to agree on a new location for the phone box which was designed by the architect, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott to commemorate King George V's silver jubilee in 1935.
Volunteers from the Crowland Red Telephone Box Association (CRTBA) managed to remove the 83-year-old phone from its former home in West Street two years ago so it could be cleaned and repainted in Spalding.
CRTBA member Daniel Abbott said: "Someone put it out on Facebook nearly four years ago that Crowland's only red telephone box was going to be removed.
"I stepped up and said that we didn't want that because when overseas visitors come to the UK, they look for things like red telephone boxes, double decker buses and black cabs.
"We formed a team to get the phone box refurbished and now it's in safe storage while we wait for a survey to be done on our preferred location for it."
The phone box is owned by the parish council after it agreed to buy it for just £1 in May 2017 as part of BT's Adopt a Kiosk scheme.
This sees communities take on the ownership of phone boxes no longer wanted by BT and turn them into defibrillator points, art galleries, libraries and mini museums.
Daniel said: "We've got permission from county highways officers to site the phone box where we want it to be.
"But as its owners, the parish council wants to make sure it doesn't interfere with the sewerage, electricity and other utilities in the town.
"In the meantime, we've got a selection of people who have come forward and were born in 1937.
"When we relocate the phone box, one of our volunteers has offered to bring these people to the event."
The rescue of the phone box is one of the ways that people in Crowland are trying to preserve the town's heritage.
Margaret Smith, chairman of the Crowland Historical Society, said: "We started in 1977 when the Queen had her silver jubilee.
"We have thousands of photographs, papers, maps and books, a few of which were on display at the Crowland Hub and Library.
"All we're asking for is that when people pass away, their families can give us the old photographs and other items kept by loved ones, rather than throw them away."
Anyone who has memories of the red telephone box and Crowland in general can email Daniel at email@example.com or call Crowland Historical Society on 01733 210480.
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