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Posted on November 02 2015 at 9:19:58

Book exchange launch

Lickey and Blackwell Parish Council chairman Nick Forknell (centre) and Coun Janet King (far right) celebrated the opening of a book exchange and defibrillator station on the Old Birmingham Road, Lickey, along with people who helped bring it to life.

After the council paid just £1 for a decommissioned telephone box to house the defibrillator, Coun King suggested adding a free book exchange and enlisted the help of retired librarian Jean Whitehead (second right).

Ron Smith (third right) made shelves, which are now full of donated books for all ages. Keith Woolford (far left) of Lickey Community Group provided signage and local electricians GJH Ltd fitted the defibrillator.

“Everyone is invited to borrow a book and return it or replace it with another good read, which Jean will check to make sure it‘s not so racy that the defibrillator will be needed!” said Coun King.

* Alvechurch now also has a defibrillator, located outside the Village Hall on Bear Hill. It was donated by West Midlands Ambulance Service.

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