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Black Isle phone box becomes area's latest community book exchange after 'fantastic initiative' in Killen


By Hector MacKenzie

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The distinctive red phone box has been given a new life.
The distinctive red phone box has been given a new life.

A COMMUNITY landmark has been given fresh lease of life as a book exchange.

Avoch and Killen Community Council was behind the initiative which sought to repurpose an unused traditional red telephone box.

Many such phone boxes are being declared surplus to requirements by telecoms giant BT owing to dwindling usage.

Several inventive alternative uses have been found by communities keen to retain the distinctive phone boxes which in many cases have been a feature for decades.

The community book exchange at the phone box in Killen is now fully stocked, offering locals the opportunity to donate and exchange books, board games and DVDs.

It has been funded by the Supporting Communities Fund administered in the area by the Black Isle Partnership.

The community council offered "huge thanks" to everyone who contributed time, plans, books and materials, amongst them Rick Baio, Roddy Morrison, Joan Darroch, Kitty McWilliam and Rachel Melvin.

It posted: "Next stop: Ormonde Terrace!"

Black Isle Partnership hailed it "a fantastic initiative".

Signage makes clear people should take appropriate Covid-19 measures when using the facility. That includes washing hands before and after using it.

Users are given Covid-19 safety guidance.
Users are given Covid-19 safety guidance.

Do you have a community feature in Ross-shire you would like to share with readers? Drop an email to hector.mackenzie@hnmedia.co.uk



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