It’s hard to believe – but there are as many of the old red telephone boxes in Draycott In The Moors as there are in the whole of Stoke-on-Trent!
The old ‘K6’ style kiosks (first produced in the 1930s) have all been gradually dismantled in Stoke, and, recently, a survey revealed only two were left in the whole city.
However, we have two here in this district alone – one on the Cresswell lay-by and one at the old post office opposite the Draycott Arms. Only one works now – the last one mentioned – but it now no longer takes cash, just cards.
(There is another phone box in Draycott, the one on the corner of Stuart Avenue, but that is a modern-style one).
But what BT would really like is if the local community ‘adopts’ the unused kiosks, to use as a sort of feature or heritage landmark. It sounds strange, but actually, the scheme has been pretty successful, and hundreds of them have been ‘adopted’.
Some of these adopted phoneboxes have been turned into ‘pop-up’ shops, or wildlife information centres or even art galleries.
The Community Heartbeat Trust charity has even installed defibrillators in some local boxes.
…for just £1
The good news is that, yes, the phone boxes here in Draycott In The Moors are available for ‘adoption’ – at the grand price of just £1!
Any parish council or registered charity can apply.
Worth a thought, isn’t it?