Phone box to be brought back to life – and could help preserve life

WORK to renovate an old red phone box that has even left BT baffled is set to start after it was officially adopted by the community.

The kiosk at Werneth Low in Hyde has often had people wondering where the word Tejrjwne, which is written on it, came from.

Now it has formally been passed into the hands of a community group after it was initially earmarked for removal.

And already the first stage of renovating it is in place before the eventual installation of a defibrillator.

The Friends of the Red Tejrjwne Phonebox group, made up of people living in the Gee Cross area, teamed up with the Community Heartbeat Trust charity to get its adoption application through.

Now the official handover has taken place, they will now look to replace the Perspex panes in the phone box with strengthened glass ones.

A panel to stand behind it is also on the agenda, along with outing shelves in to hold booklets and leaflets about walks and activities in the vicinity.

The defibrillator would be installed once everything that will go around it is in place.

A spokesman for the group said: “Over the next few weeks we will begin to replace the Perspex with strengthened glass panes and insert a new back board.

“This is just the start of a lot of work which needs doing.

“The Friends would like to thank Tameside’s community safety department for their help with this project.”

Keith Iball, who lives close to the phone box, has also been praised for volunteering to source the materials and do a lot of the manual work himself.The Correspondent previously detailed the group’s plan to adopt the phone box and convert it.

It has proved a bit of mystery as the letters ‘Tejrjwne’ on one side are foxing everyone. No-one knows what it means, why it is there or even how to pronounce it.

Even BT have admitted they are not responsible for the sign, which certainly looks official.

BT served notice that it intends to remove the box, at the junction of Joel Lane and Werneth Low Road, after it was hardly used.

However, people could adopt it for just £1 and can convert it. Ones around the country have been transformed into a library, a museum and even a nightclub.

The group always had the backing of Hyde councillors Ruth Welsh and Phil Chadwick, who co-ordinated the community’s response to the authority.

“We’re right behind them and now the adoption has gone through the work, along with a lick of paint, should make it look nice,” said Cllr Welsh.

It is hoped the defibrillator will be put in place by the end of the year.

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