Friday 24 March 2017

Novel idea as villagers convert red phone box into library

Wendy Hanlon looks at books in a red phone box which has been converted into a tiny free-to-use library in the village of Wall in Staffordshire
Wendy Hanlon looks at books in a red phone box which has been converted into a tiny free-to-use library in the village of Wall in Staffordshire
Villagers have converted a red phone box into a tiny free-to-use library

Villagers have hit on a novel idea to save their red phone box - converting it into a tiny free-to-use library.

The redundant booth in Wall, near Lichfield, Staffordshire, was bought from BT for just £1 and fitted with shelves to hold books donated by a charity, residents and local councillors.

Wall Parish Council chairman John Crowe said people visiting the village, which has a population of around 200 and is famous for its extensive Roman ruins, had been seen taking pictures of the library.

"One of our councillors carried out the work and installed a few shelves," Mr Crowe said.

"I think other areas have put old phone boxes to other uses and we're not sure if we're the only village that has done this.

"The lending is based on trust and fortunately there have been no problems.

"We have a lot of visitors to the Roman site but now we have almost as many taking photographs of the phone box."

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