Telephone Box Library Open

The Telephone Box Lending Library in the village square is open 🙂  You may now borrow and/or exchange your books there.  Although monitored, users are asked to please help keep it tidy and enjoy it!

Chris Edgerley, who restored and refurbished the box with the help of Malcolm Heaver, has provided the following facts and information, which it is hoped to have displayed inside the box in the future…

GPO Telephone Box model K6
1935 – 1970

  • The fabric of the kiosk is mostly cast metal but the door is teak wood.
  • The total number produced = 162,000 units.
  • It is 8’3″ (2.51m) tall.
  • It weighs 13.5 cwt (686Kg).
  • Most were painted red but a limited number were painted grey.
  • Designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George V.
  • Bought for £1 from British Telecom by Broadwindsor Group Parish Council.
  • Sympathetically refurbished for the Residents and visitors to Broadwindsor.
  • Etched glass effect by Karen and Godfrey at Bridport Banners.

Please Use & Enjoy.

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Telephone Box Book Exchange Update #4

Our telephone box is looking magnificent having been completely renovated by village resident Chris Edgerley and his helpers. A magnificent achievement – our sincere thanks to Chris.

The etched glass effect was done by Karen and Godfrey at Bridport Banners.

 

 

 

Purpose made shelves have been constructed by Malcolm Heaver – our sincere thanks to Malcolm.

Wendy Shields & Ruth Stevens will be managing the books on an ongoing basis – NO MAGAZINES PLEASE!!

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Telephone Box Book Exchange Update #3

Once again the village is indebted to Chris Edgerley and his helpers who are restoring the historic phone box in the centre of the village.


They are doing a wonderful job and it will become a great library and book exchange for the use of all residents. Malcolm Heaver will make a purpose built shelving system using all his carpentry skills.

Our again sincere thanks to all the people who have brought this important landmark back to life.

Wendy Shields will manage the library on an ongoing basis.

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Telephone Box Book Exchange Update #2

The old telephone box in the village is being renovated.  Chris Edgerly is leading on this and has already started to repair the door which is in poor condition.

Like all projects there is much more to it than would at first be imagined. The project will take until the end of this year and then we will have a wonderfully restored piece of architectural history.

Afterwards, it will continue to operate as a library for the use of all the community.
As always considerable thanks goes to Chris for his hard work and expertise.

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Telephone Box Book Exchange Update

Broadwindsor’s Telephone Box, which has been operating as a Book & DVD Exchange, was recently formerly adopted by our Parish Council.  Sadly, people continue to leave bags and piles of magazines on the floor of the telephone box – they are not suitable at all: creating mouldy paper and an unpleasant experience for anyone entering the telephone box.  Please show our Telephone Book Exchange some respect.

Chris Edgerley – March 2021

This week, all the mouldy magazines were removed and the books boxed up as work begins on fitting proper shelves inside and painting the exterior.

The work is being carried out on a voluntary basis by village resident Chris Edgerley, who rebuilt the ammonite wall in Bernards’ Place in the Spring of this year.

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Volunteers Needed To Paint The Telephone Box

Broadwindsor’s Group Parish Council now own the red telephone box by Bernards’ Place 🙂 With all the formalities complete, they are now in need of volunteers able to assist with getting it painted.

The telephone box continues to be used as a Book Exchange.

Anyone able to help, please contact Cllr. David Leader:

  • 01308 868275
  • 07867 608652
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Tales From The Telephone Box

Regular users of the website (rather then the Facebook page or Twitter Feed) will notice a new sub menu item – Tales From The Telephone Box.

At the end of January this year, Margery Hookings invited users of the telephone box Book Exchange to submit their book reviews.  The response has been good and she has published several on her blog already.  Read more HERE.

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Broadwindsor’s Telephone Box Book Exchange

The photograph, taken today shows that the telephone from the telephone box in Broadwindsor’s square has now been removed.  This indicates that the legalities of the Parish Council adopting it may have concluded. Consequently, many books  which were on top of the telephonehave now been piled on the floor which is not suitable due to the damp conditions.

The number of books has increased too.  It is meant to be serving as a Book Exchange and not a place for a carrier bag or bundle of books to be left, particularly if there is clearly no room to accommodate them at this time.  Once the legalities are final, the Parish Council do intend to renovate the telephone box – which may involve putting up shelves for books as the book exchange does seem to be working well.  It is not an item on the Parish Council’s agenda this Monday – which is extensive already – but please help keep it tidy 🙂

World Book Day 4.3.21

To celebrate World Book Day, and the incredulous date which will never occur again, Broadwindsor.org produced over three dozen memorable bookmarks for the children who use or accompany their parents to the telephone box.
Apologies as they were a day late due to technical problems!

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Tales from the Phone Box Library

The weather is certainly not conducive to more Music From The Square Window and both Julie Andrews and village resident Margery Hookings need a well earned break.  From music, Margery has focused on reading and has a new Lockdown project on the go to keep the spirit of reading in the village alive and connect as book lovers in the community.

Broadwindsor’s Book Exchange at the telephone box by Bernards’ Place became a book exchange early in the first Lockdown of 2020.  With content for all ages, it has proven very popular indeed.

Love Reading!So much so that Margery now invites you to submit your book reviews on books that you have already read from the book exchange or a book you are planning to donate.
She will initially create a blog or a podcast her “Tales from the Phone Box Library” on her site MaddieGrigg.co.uk. When enough have been collected, Broadwindsor.org will create a page on the village website for them all to be available.
Later, Margery will include Kindle books and others you’ve bought, especially if you’ve really enjoyed them.  If you’d like to contribute, please email: margery.hookings@gmail.com.

Reviews and previews don’t have to be long or intricate. Here are a few guidelines for those reviewing:

  • Reviews should not exceed 200 words in total
  • Please include:
    1. Title
    2. Author
    3. Genre
    4. Body of Review (no spoilers please).
    5. Would you recommend/not recommend?
  • Send all reviews to margery.hookings@gmail.com

Space is obviously very limited in the telephone box – please do not just dump books or boxes in there.  The conditions are too damp to accept journals and magazines, so no more of those please.  Thanks go to Ruthie Stevens & Wendy Shields – who has now removed all the cobwebs 🙂 – for keeping the telephone box tidy.

We are all aware of the rules – Please act responsibly
You enter the Book Exchange at your own riskScroll

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