- Published: Friday, 21 March 2014 12:01
Most of us locals have probably never even used it but in the High Street there is a very handsome listed red telephone box! The Parish Council have decided that this little historic architectural gem should not be neglected any longer so it has now been cleaned up and the telephone restored to working order. We have also been investigating what other uses it could be put to as we aware that several rural villages have come up with some very ingenious uses for their telephone boxes, such as village information centre, lending library and art gallery to name a few. We are currently investigating whether we can install a heart defibrillator in our box in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation. Beaulieu village is a busy tourist destination, especially in the summer, so we feel this would be a very useful bit of kit to have especially as many of our visitors are fairly elderly. We are assured by the British Heart Foundation and the Ambulance Service that these machines are designed to be easy to operate and come with very clear instructions. Fairweathers’s Garden Centre have very kindly suggested that their ‘ first aiders’ could be trained to operate it. We have also looked into the possibility of installing a cash machine in the box but have discovered this is not possible in a listed telephone box. So perhaps now you will be able to regard our village telephone box in a completely new light and please do not hesitate to let us know if you can think of any other good uses that it can be put to!