BBC presenter and author, Simon Hall, cuts the ribbon and opens the Book Exchange in Woodbury Salterton. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exv 0824-36-13AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Bookworms in Woodbury Salterton can now call on some new reading material, after a village phone box was turned into a book exchange.
The box, which stands in the middle of the village, has been empty for many years, and was sold by BT to Woodbury Parish Council for £1.
The book exchange came about when the recently formed Woodbury Salterton Residents’ Association contacted the council with the idea, after committee member Priscilla Trenchard read of a similar scheme in Wiltshire.
The association’s proposal was to fit book shelves and fill the shelves with donated books, and then to manage and maintain the box.
The council approved the scheme, and over the past month association members have replaced the broken panes, cleaned and fitted shelving and filled the shelves with donated books.
Such was the interest from villagers, it was decided a grand opening should be held, and last weekend author and BBC Spotlight reporter Simon Hall cut the ribbon, while drinks and savouries were provided by residents Ann Blake, Glenys Clark, Priscilla Trenchard, Jenny Kemp and Debbie Jung, with the proceeds going to church funds.
Association chairman Norman Gordon thanked Simon Hall for officiating the opening, Priscilla Trenchard for her suggestion, David Rose for making the shelves and fitting them, and Debbie and Geoff Jung for their work on renovating the phone box.
He also thanked the parish council for purchasing the phone box and for their support for the project.