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Art workshop to launch our St. Mary’s Red Phone Box Gallery

Frensham Summer Fayre, June 17th 2017

We’d like you all to be part of the very first St. Mary’s exhibition!

Come along to the F.P.C marquee and draw, collage, or write into a postcard-sized outline of a mobile phone which we will have ready for you to work on. Your work will then be exhibited in our classic 1935 ‘K6’ Sir Gilbert Scott phone box.

The theme : Your favourite things about Frensham!

It’s up to you how you interpret this as long as it fits on our postcard format. You may have memories of queuing outside the box [yes, young people we shared these three phones between us all!, ] your stories of local people, drawings inspired by/ of the local landscape, poetry, etc.

You could use contemporary photos from your mobile as a source to work from or bring along a copy of that old photo of mods and rockers gathering on the green….

Bring along any materials you may like to use- we’ll have some basic drawing pencils/pens/glue/scraps for collage.

Artists Angela Shaw, Morwenna Lake and Fiona Scimone will be on hand to guide and advise.

About our new Frensham gallery….

We will soon be hosting several shows a year in our little red cube.

It will be a community led art space and we are delighted to have several artists already putting forward proposals for future projects. Angela, Morwenna, Fiona and Graham make up the curatorial team.

Please get in touch with Fiona Scimone at Frensham Parish Council if you would like to get involved.

Graham Mollart, June 2017


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Phone box outside St Mary’s school repaired

St Mary's box windows fixedA volunteer has repaired the phone box outside St. Mary’s school. Two panes of glass that had been vandalised have been replaced, the box swept out, windows cleaned and the outside given a much needed wash down. As part of the Frensham Red Phone Box Project run by the parish council, this box will become an art gallery and display space curated by councillor Fiona Scimone. The project is financed by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Frensham Phone Box Project awarded Heritage Lottery Fund grant

Frensham Parish Council is thrilled to announce the award of a £10,000 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant for its Red Phone Box Project. The idea is to provide a new use for the three red phone boxes within the parish, by turning them into a mini-museum, a gallery and a visitor’s centre. Local people will be able to contribute ideas and memories for display, an interactive element will tell local stories, whilst visitors can learn about the area’s history and heritage.

Project leader, councillor David Fairhead said: “This generous award gives us a fantastic opportunity, not only to preserve these iconic bits of architecture, but also to give them a new use for the 21st century, so that future generations can appreciate them. Not only do they represent the best of British design, but also give us an opportunity to create something unique and special for both the community and visitors to this beautiful part of the world.”

Phone Box tops
Stuart McLeod, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund, South East England, said: “Sharing Heritage is a wonderful opportunity for communities to delve into their local heritage and we are delighted to be able to offer this grant so that The Frensham Red Phone Box Project can embark on a real journey of discovery. Heritage means such different things to different people, and HLF’s funding offers a wealth of opportunities for groups to explore and celebrate what’s important to them in their area.”

Rushmoor tidy-up

box1 On Saturday 18th July, three volunteers took part in a tidy-up of Rushmoor.  The phone box was given a wash down and eight bags of litter were picked up along the straight. Amongst the haul was a VW hub cap, a front bumper and a rear parcel shelf. Does nobody miss this stuff? Of particular note was a prize haul of empty Red Bull cans, obviously thrown out of a car window by someone at the same place each time he (or she) drives past. How nice that they see our village as one giant dustbin! rubbish

Sandy Lane Box Gets Its Windows Back


August 2013.  All the glass that had been removed from the box was washed and carefully wrapped to guard from breakages, and replacement panes ordered from our friends at Unicorn.  Glazing sealant was purchased and now, finally, the box has had all of its missing glass replaced. Over the years, BT had replaced broken panes with an unbreakable (bulletproof!) polycarbonate that, whilst having the advantage of low maintenance, also became cloudy and discoloured over time.  This has now all been swapped for toughened glass. The finishing touch was a coat of gloss black on the footing at the bottom of the casting.  Once again, a number of local residents stopped to give their support for the project. The picture shows John Oxley and David Fairhead peering through some of the new glazing frames before they are fitted.

Sandy Lane Update

June 2013. Over the weekend,the Sandy Lane box was given a second coat of GPO Red by two volunteers.  We also fixed the door closing mechanism, which means that the door is no longer held shut by a cable tie!  Next step is to clean the windows up and then reinstall them with copious amounts of sealant.

St. Mary’s Box Gets Its Door Back

St Mary's box new door 720

June 2013. The new door has been put back into the St. Mary’s box by two volunteers.  This was to replace the old one which had rotted at the bottom and warped, meaning that it no longer closed properly.  Eagle-eyed readers will note that the colour doesn’t match… that’s because the door is still in its primer.  The box is scheduled to be painted this month, and once that’s done, the glass will be cleaned up and put back in.

A New Coat of Paint

May 2013 – Over the weekend of the 25th/26th May, a team of 11 volunteers – young and old – gave the Sandy Lane box its first coat of Post Office Red in quite a few years.  The younger team members even managed to get some of their paint on the box!  We also removed a lot of the glass and interior beading, so that it can be cleaned up and then refitted with new sealant. This is to stop moisture building up and rusting the cast iron frames. These will be refitted over the coming weeks.  We received many appreciative comments and words of support from local residents and passers by. Thanks to all those who were able to help.



Telephone Boxes – Work in progress

In response to a parishioner who was concerned about the progress of works, here’s an update of where we are to date:

April 2013 – St. Mary’s door taken to Unicorn by two volunteers and exchanged for another that’s been repaired. Here’s a panoramic view of the Unicorn depot:

Unicorn Phone Boxes 1000

April 2013 – Exterior of Sandy Lane Box wire brushed, sanded and all bare metal primed by three volunteers.  Laurel cut back (again!)



March 2013 – fitting of the restored door to the Sandy Lane box by two volunteers.

March 2013 – removal of damaged door from the St. Mary’s box by two volunteers. All perspex windows also taken out, in readiness for painting.

Winter 2012/13 – Sandy Lane box replacement door stripped, broken windows replaced and timber repaired.  Door primed and painted. Work carried out by one volunteer.

Winter 2012 – New paint ordered and delivered from Unicorn.

Summer 2012 – works on Sandy Lane box hampered by bad weather and availability of volunteers.  Paint delivered to the British Legion so that they can carry out their own painting.

July 2012 – concrete retaining wall at St. Mary’s box constructed, by two volunteers (This was to prevent future ingress of earth from the hedge, which had been the source of the damp)

May 2012 – St. Mary’s box tidied up by one volunteer.  Vegetation cut back and the earth bank dug out.  This had allowed damp to penetrate into the wooden frame of the door, warping it and preventing it from shutting.

May 2012 – Sandy Lane box washed down, and tidied up by four volunteers. Overhanging vegetation cut back and disposed of and the earth bank dug out to prevent corrosion to the bottom of the box.  Also, it can be seen that the box has been tilted slightly – Tower of Pisa style! – by the roots from the big Scot’s Pine to the right of the box.

March 2012 – Two volunteers collect replacement glass, glazing frames, various fittings, paint and primer from Unicorn Kiosks in Reigate.

October 2011 – All 3 boxes surveyed by fellow phone box restorer Kevin Davis from Brookwood.  His advice informs our purchase of spares.