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The red phone boxes in Suffolk up for grabs in BT's Adopt a Kiosk programme to use for community projects




Communities in Suffolk are being urged to give their old phone boxes a new lease of life after BT confirmed dozens of them are up for grabs.

Thousands of phone boxes have been taken on by residents across the UK since 2008 for just £1 each through BT's Adopt a Kiosk programme - with some transformed into defibrillator units, mini history museums, art galleries and book exchanges.

And now, the company has revealed that dozens of places in Suffolk have redundant phone boxes that could be transformed into new assets for their communities.

Can you find a new use for your local phone box?
Can you find a new use for your local phone box?

They include 17 in the Bury St Edmunds area, 10 in the Woodbridge area, eight in Ipswich and seven in Sudbury.

Boxes are also still available in Beccles (3), Diss (3), Haverhill (3), Lowestoft (2), Saxmundham (2), Newmarket (1), Southwold (1) and Stowmarket (1).

Joe Pollock, BT Enterprise unit director for the East of England, said: “With most people now using mobile phones, it’s led to a huge drop in the number of calls made from payphones.

A book exchange is another popular re-use for old phone boxes
A book exchange is another popular re-use for old phone boxes

"At the same time, mobile coverage has improved significantly in recent years due to investment in masts, particularly in rural areas.

“We’re currently rationalising our payphone estate to make it fit for the future, and the ‘Adopt a Kiosk’ scheme makes it possible for local communities to retain their local phone box, with a refreshed purpose for the community.

“Thousands of communities have already come up with a fantastic array of ideas to re-use their beloved local phone box.

"Applying is quick and easy and we’re always happy to speak to communities about adopting our phone boxes.”

A spokesman added that all adoption requests will be considered, but there may occasionally be reasons why it might not be possible to adopt a phone box, such as if it is required to be retained by BT for another purpose.

The initiative is also supported by the Community Heartbeat Trust, which works to convert boxes for defibrillators to be housed there.

Its national secretary, Martin Fagan, said: “BT’s phone box kiosks are iconic British structures, and repurposing for this life saving use has given them a new lease of life.

“Placing the equipment in the heart of a community is important to save on time. Kiosks are historically at the centre of the community, and thus great locations for defibrillators.”

More details about how to adopt a phone box can be found at www.bt.com/adopt.

The list of sites available for adoption in Suffolk is as follows:

Beccles

  • Beccles: opposite the Post Office, Smallgate
  • Bungay: St Mary's Street
  • Bungay: outside the Post Office, Earsham Street

Bury St Edmunds

  • Ampton: The Street
  • Bradfield Combust: The Street
  • Bury St Edmunds: junction of Westgate Street and St Guildhall Street
  • Cockfield: Cross Green
  • Euston, Thetford
  • Fakenham Magna: Thetford Road
  • Flempton: The Green
  • Hartest: near the Post Office, The Green
  • Hawkedon: outside Queens Head
  • Langham
  • RAF Honington
  • Saxham: at the corner of Twites Corner
  • Shadwell, Thetford
  • Somerton
  • Stowlangtoft: The Street
  • Woolpit: Heath Road
  • Woolpit: Stowmarket Road

Diss

  • Eye: near the War Memorial, Cross Street
  • Gasthorpe: outside the Post Office, The Street
  • Palgrave: The Green

Haverhill

  • Great Wratting: near Red Lion pub, School Road
  • Hundon: opposite Rose and Crown Inn, North Street
  • Thurlow: outside the Rose and Crown, The Street

Ipswich

  • Bildeston: opposite the War Memorial, Market Place
  • Chelsworth: The Street
  • Ipswich: opposite County Hall, St. Helens Street
  • Kettlebaston
  • Kirton: Falkenham Road
  • Falkenham
  • Nacton: opposite the Post Office, The Street
  • Otley: opposite the Post Office, Chapel Road

Lowestoft

  • Corton: near the Village Hall, The Street
  • Halesworth: near Lord Nelson pub, Mill Road, Holton

Newmarket

  • Stradishall: The Street

Saxmundham

  • Darsham: adjacent to Orion, The Street
  • Rendham: outside Telephone Exchange, Bruisyard Road

Southwold

  • Walberswick: The Green

Stowmarket

  • Westhorpe: opposite church

Sudbury

  • Assington: junction of The Street and Vicary Estate
  • Boxford: outside White Hart Inn, Broad Street
  • Boxford: outside Compasses pub, Stone Street
  • Great Waldingfield: outside Prospect House, The Street
  • Hadleigh: Church Street
  • Lavenham: outside New House, Church Street
  • Stoke by Nayland: Thorington Street

Woodbridge

  • Framlingham: Market Hill
  • Grundisburgh: The Green
  • Laxfield: near the Post Office, High Street
  • Orford: near the Post Office, Market Hill
  • Parham: North Green
  • Ramsholt
  • Shottisham: outside the Post Office, The Street
  • Waldringfield: outside Maybush Inn, Cliff Road
  • Waldringfield: Mill Road
  • Woodbridge: near War Memorial adjacent to Market Hill

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