Phone box project follows mums successful £30,000 revamp of Chedburgh play area

Chedburgh Parish Councillors Pat Fisher,  Peter Westcott (chairman), Mike Chester and John Abbess with the phone box
Chedburgh Parish Councillors Pat Fisher, Peter Westcott (chairman), Mike Chester and John Abbess with the phone box
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Parish councillors in Chedburgh have been decorating the village phone box in Chevington Road which they bought for £1.

The phone box in Chevington Road is likely to be turned into a book exchange in the latest project in the village which last year saw the installation of a new play area next to the Erskine Centre.

Chedburgh church

Chedburgh church

Parish council chairman Cllr Peter Westcott said: “The new play area which was installed in 2012 is an important new asset to the village.

“A mother of young children, who, seeing the bad state of the play area when moving to the village, took on the responsibility for raising more than £30,000 for a new play area, and supervised it’s installation in conjunction with the parish council.”

That mum, Clare Varney, is now a member of the parish council.

The village started out as an Anglo-Saxon settlement. The Cedda family was the first to settle there and its original name was Cedda’s Beorg meaning Cedda’s hill.

The Chedburgh war memorial

The Chedburgh war memorial

From 1942 to 1945 398 airmen lost their lives flying from RAF Chedburgh.

In 1992, 50 years after RAF Chedburgh opened, a memorial was unveiled on The Green.

The former control tower is all that remains from its RAF days.

Chedburgh is a growing village.

It now has a population of about 500 and is set to grow again with 52 new houses currently being built.

The village hall, the Erskine Centre opened in 1982 and in 1999 an annexe was built, which now houses The Little Teapots Preschool. Ring 01284 852005.

There is plenty going on in the village.

The church will hold its harvest festival on September 9 with a service at 10.45am followed by a barbecue on the church grounds. All are welcome.

The Marquis of Cornwallis pub holds a quiz every first Wednesday of the month.

The Erskine Centre will host a quiz night with fish and chip supper on October 18. Teams of six can enter. It costs £7.50 per person. Contact Jackie on 01284 850000.

The village gardening club will hold a plant swap on September 19, while the 1st Chedburgh Brownies, formed 46 years ago meets at the Erskine Centre every Wednesday - call Heather on 01284 769113.

There are Zumba classes every Friday from 9.30am to 10.30am - call Jordanna on 01284 811105.

The Little Teacups Parent and Toddler Group meets on Mondays from 10am to 12pm - call 01284 852005 or 01284 850951.