Since 2017, the telephone box in Dunmore street has been owned by the Community Council.
Since taking ownership. the phone box has provided a number of services to the village including a mini museum and a book exchange.
More recently, during the covid pandemic lockdown, it has become a focal point for the village as a food exchange, actively supported by village donations, by Hewitt and Aker the local deli in Killearn, who supply fruit and veg, and by the Balfron Co-op, who regularly donate dry goods and who also ran a raffle for food.
It has brought much joy to the local wee ones during Christmas and Easter with some special chocolate treats!
However, it is not looking so good – it is listing to one side, its door has had to be removed and replaced with a temporary one, and it is badly rusting.
After considering various options, we have decided to fund raise to give it a full restoration in return for the service it has provided to us all during the pandemic.
Our first round of fund raising is now complete – many thanks for all your contributions to our crowd funding appeal which raised over £1,000. Also thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund and to The Paul Trust for supporting us with very generous contributions. In total, we have £8,000 budget to work with. We have now formed a small team to plan and deliver the refurbishment.
We are grateful for everyone’s ongoing support and let us know if you would like to be involved in the refurbishment project.