Residents from Emery Down near Lyndhurst turned out in force today (Thursday 28 April) to mark the opening of their phone box which has been transformed into a mini information and community centre.
|(Left to right): National Park Interpretation Officer Jim Mitchell;|
Emery Down residents Dr Ed Newman, Peter Powell and Adam Collins;
and National Park Chief Executive Alison Barnes at the opening of the
Silver Street telephone box.
Emery Down resident Peter Power is one of the driving forces behind the project. He said: ‘Thanks entirely to the hard work by village residents, and magnificent support from the New Forest National Park Authority, we now have a wonderfully restored kiosk - albeit minus a telephone - but now a centre to exchange books, DVDs, unwanted items, local produce and much more. There is even a dog bowl donated by the village pub (New Forest Inn), plus a map to where humans can have a drink! In particular, there is a large map of the Lyndhurst Parish Walk, which passes the kiosk, plus a large display of local history, all on permanent display. All donations go to the village church, which is close to the kiosk.’
Cutting the ribbon around the phone box, National Park Authority Chief Executive Alison Barnes said: ‘The red telephone box is not just a British icon but a landscape icon. It is something we all identify with but is becoming more and more rare, so it is fantastic to keep something like this in the National Park landscape.
‘There has been huge energy and creativity behind this project – including rubbing down paint for hours on end – and you have certainly made the best of the space within it. It has been wonderful to be involved in this project.’
Find out more about the phone box at Silver Street, Emery Down, at www.emerydownphonebox.co.uk