December 14th 2017.
Update June 2018.
There are three old and decommissioned K6 type phone boxes in our parish and two of them have been adopted and now belong to Whitchurch and Ganarew Parish Council. (WAGPC)
They are located in Crockers Ash, and Symonds Yat West and their present condition varies.
The History Society originally intended to undertake a general refurbishment of all three starting with the kiosk at Crockers Ash. Our aim was to eventually make them all suitable for public use as information points. They would contain information provided by us about local historical characters, local places of interest and perhaps provide directions for walks both in the immediate area and longer routes connecting to the other phone boxes. The Parish Council was also to provide information leaflets etc but have expressed no further interest in this to date.
It has only very recently traspired (September 2018) that the Great Doward kiosk still belongs to BT but there is a suggestion that it might be sold and trasnsfered to Goodrich PC who no longer own a kiosk in their parish.
Sadly the kiosk on Great Doward can no longer be included in our plans.
Our society obtained some finance for the work on the first box at Crockers Ash only and the first phase is now complete.
We have cleared excess soil from around the base and installed hard standing in front of the entrance. The kiosk has been thoroughly cleaned and all plastic windows and frames have been replaced with original type glazing and all paintwork cleaned, cut back and repainted with the approved base and top coat paint. Some rotting timber in the lower door frame has been removed, strengthened and made good. The owner of the adjacent property has removed the overhanging trees and the kiosk now stands proud and clear.
Although this kiosk leans very slightly, is standing firm on its foundations and is safe.
For some reason it seems to have been installed backwards with its windowless side facing the road but we cannot alter this.
Although the electricity supply still exists into the kiosk and is safe under a secure cover, ( This is normal for adopted kiosks) Electricity will not be used as lighting is not going to be necessary.
The next phase is to install a secure notice board inside fixed to the original phone backboard and possibly another on the opposite side and outside as well.
The society has asked the WAGPC to confirm that our members that our alterations will all covered under their public liability insurance. There has been some misunderstanding which appears to have caused a problem and unfortunately the PC haS put a permanent stop to any further work without offering any explanation.
If these problems can be resolved and funding being available, the kiosk in Symonds Yat will be the subject of similar plans in the future.
Updated September 20th 2018.
The florescent light in this box still works and is permanently on. BT still owns this kiosk and still pays the bill and presumably public liability insurance.