Ventnor Rugby Club donates £250 to the Niton Visitor Information Telephone Box
In a brief ceremony on Friday 7th July, Roly Toombs of Ventnor Rugby Club presented a cheque for £250 to Indra Riches and Rob Engelgardt outside the traditional red telephone box in Niton which will soon become the hub for local tourist information.
The money was raised when the cyclists taking part in the Isle of Wight Randonnee passed through Ventnor in May where the club’s base at Watcombe Bottom was used as a checkpoint and fuelling station – Isle of Wight Randonnee 2023 at Ventnor RFC.
The money will go towards installing an old-style phone which visitors can use to hear stories of Niton’s history and amenities. By dialling different numbers and listening on the handset – among other stories – they can learn about Niton’s murky smuggling past or the devastating bombing attack during the Second World War or the facts about Marconi’s early experiments with radio transmissions when he was based in Knowles Farm back in the 1890s.
Image: James Morton
The phone box, which is situated opposite Niton’s post office, is hoped to be fully operational by the end of autumn.
For more information, please contact
JAMES MORTON, Club Secretary, Ventnor RFC T: 07901 938 317