The village of Corston near Bath is celebrating the conversion of its former telephone kiosk to an adult and children’s book exchange, after it was purchased from BT for £1.
The K6 telephone kiosk, which dates back to 1957, has been completely renovated and re-glazed with a grant from the Parish Council, funded in part by a contribution from Bristol Airport.
Volunteers from the Corston community stripped off the many layers of paint built up over the last 50 years, repainted the kiosk, and replaced all 72 old and faded acrylic panels with toughened glass.
The work was completed in July, and the Corston Village Book Exchange was formally opened by local author and celebrity, Julie Miller.
A Corston resident for many years, Julie’s book, Rainbows Have Echoes was published in June 2018, and after the opening she signed copies for guests.