Ringing the changes: phone box becomes mini-library
Gnosall was set to lose its last traditional red phone box on the High Street when the Best Kept Village team purchased the box from BT for just £1! The box was lovingly restored in its heritage poppy-red colour, shelves were installed and a lock put on the door.
Today, the small but perfectly-formed BKV Book Swap Shop is doing a brisk trade. Villagers were bringing in thrillers, romances and best seller paper backs, leaving them on the shelves and choosing another book to take home. Young readers were hunting through the growing children's box of books.
The Swap Shop is open every day from dawn until dusk. There is a regular check on it to see if some titles are not moving. These will be shipped on to a charity shop to keep our Swap Shop collection fresh.
David Clarke, from the BKV Team, said ' We had lots of suggestions for our phone box, including a flower display, a toilet, a newspaper stand and even a single barrel pub, however, the BKV Book Swap Shop won the vote!'
Best Kept Village Competition 2018
This year’s Best Kept Village Campaign started on 1st May 2018. The BKV team have been out and about from the beginning of March, tidying the village, painting benches and notice boards, clearing and replanting flower beds and generally tidying up.
The first round of judging took place in the first week of May. The judges were impressed by the new 'Welcome to Gnosall' sign and they were looking forward to seeing the work of the Towpath Restoration Group along with the BKV Book Swap Shop and the Wild Flower Meadow!
The second round of judging takes place in the first two weeks of June followed by the District and County finals later in July. In preparation, the team have put up bunting on the High Street and the Wharf Road shops, hung 48 wall and hanging baskets and planted up the flower beds. Gnosall is looking great!
The BKV team and Parish Council encourage everyone to “do their bit” to help with this year’s campaign and hopefully the Best Kept Village title will be retained. If you see any litter that you are not able to collect and dispose of, please contact the Parish Office on 01785 822685.