Abbotts Ann has adopted the Phone Box (kiosk) outside the Village Hall


Abbotts Ann has adopted the Phone Box (kiosk) outside the Village Hall

When Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s red telephone box was introduced in the 1920s, few could have known that it was destined to be become an enduring icon of Britishness.

The equipment of our Abbotts Ann kiosk has been removed and it is no longer a working telephone box. There are no plans to move the box and it will remain in the centre of the village.

  • Firstly, the kiosk is in need of some tender loving care. We have a painting kit and now need friendly volunteers to clean and paint the box.
  • Once spick and span and returned to its gleaming red glory, the question is how do we use our newly acquired asset?

 Here are some suggestions of how these redundant iconic phone boxes have been used in villages around the country:

  1. Library
  2. Space for art installations
  3. Village Organisations – ‘host the kiosk’ for a specified time.
  4. Changing photographic display – village orientated, history, people, events and locations.
  5. Village Tourism office
  6. A smokery ( Jamie Oliver) ??
  7. Flower Display

Should you have any other suggestions, we would be delighted to hear from you.

We would like to paint the box before Christmas, so for this and for suggestions of future use, please contact Lorna Haigh on 01264 710174 or Suggestions will be welcome until 30th November 2016.

The Parish will then get the chance to ‘vote on the new use of this iconic asset’. People will be able to vote via Abbotts Ann’s website and in person at the village shop. Voting will close on 31st January 2017.

We would love this to be an exciting project for the village in 2017, so please do get involved.