Village rings the changes

Red phone box bought by the Parish Council is being launched as a WATCH box in village of Foxearth.   Left to right -  Brenda Cross (Essex WATCH administrator), Corine Cox (local neighbourhood watch co-ordinator), Nigel Oldacre (Chairman of Branitree District Neighbourhood Watch) and villager Phil Cox.
Red phone box bought by the Parish Council is being launched as a WATCH box in village of Foxearth. Left to right - Brenda Cross (Essex WATCH administrator), Corine Cox (local neighbourhood watch co-ordinator), Nigel Oldacre (Chairman of Branitree District Neighbourhood Watch) and villager Phil Cox.

THE traditional red telephone box has a new calling in Foxearth ... and the people behind the project think it has a good ring to it.

The phone box on the junction of School Street and Mill Road has been turned into a “watch box”.

It will be used as an information point for neighbourhood watch and speedwatch schemes, while safety notices, events and crimes will also be listed there.

The project is the brainchild of Foxearth Parish Council, which, with the help of grants from Braintree District Council, bought the box 18 months ago with the idea of giving it a new image.

Parish councillor Corinne Cox said: “Nobody else has come up with this initiative and it is very unique to the village.

“It will benefit the community and is a sensible use for the old phone box.”

Mrs Cox said the watch box, which includes a white board inside for writing messages, would be the scene of monthly visits from the area’s mobile police station.

“People in the village have known about the work to the phone box and the reaction has been good,” she said.

“If it’s a success, it could be rolled out to other parts of the county.”