The Green Moor Telephone Box
We never actually paid for the K6 telephone box in the centre of Green Moor. BT offered it to us for the sum of £1 wWhen the phone was withdrawn from service as a victim of mobile phones When asked how we should settle this account, the box was donated for free.
It was in a sorry state so a temporary paint job put is on for a few years. Eventually, it was leaking rainwater onto the books, free newspapers and community adverts that were inside. Volunteers rook the box apart. Not too difficult as it was held together with metal liners and copper pins in the original specifications and thick layers of mastic where “repairs” had taken place.
The old bits went into storage and later were sold to defray costs. They went to Devon to a man who was renovating his own box.
New parts, liners, glass and signs were bought at over £1,000 and the same set of volunteers replaced all the parts after a very competent resident mended the carcass which had become slightly deformed. The parts were re-assembled by the same volunteers and the box received several coats of “Post Office Red” paint. Somehow, the Royal Mail postal pouch (letter box) next door was also was painted.
The box is primarily used as a book exchange with occasional information leaflets and notices – please help yourself to a book or two and replace if possible. Please do not bring large boxes of books, magazines or toys and please keep the floor clear so that users can access the space easily – many thanks for your cooperation.