A humble telephone kiosk that has been transformed into a community shop could be the key to the future of a village hall in Moray.
The K6 Drinks and Snack Store was the brainchild of the Carron Community Association, who raise funds for the hall in their village.
Taking advantage of BT’s “Adopt a Kiosk” policy, they were able to buy the kiosk for the small sum of £1 last year.
After various discussions on how to use it best, whether it be a second hand book shop or gallery, eventually the group settled on plans for a small store.
To begin with, they hoped a vending machine could be put in the kiosk, but this proved to be impossible.
Instead, baskets containing a selection of biscuits, chocolate and dog treats are on display in secure packaging, with cold drinks in a mini fridge.
A donation box lies within the store, quietly but steadily collecting money for Carron village hall.
Howard Kyte, of the Carron Community Association, helped form the idea with his wife Stella.
Last night, he said: “We did toy with the idea of a second hand book shop but worried the books would get damp.
“So I suggested the store offering refreshments to walkers, because it would help boost money towards work on the village hall.
“We keep it stocked with things like cheesy biscuits, cans of Irn Bru and chocolate bars – although in winter a few cans did burst.
“We suggest a donation of 50p, but often people are more generous than that.”
The kiosk lies on the Speyside Way, and has already proven to be popular with both locals and tourists meandering down its path.
Moray Council’s licensing board allowed the CCA to run on a donations only basis.
Mr Kyte, who often walks from his nearby home to check on the kiosk, added: “Once or twice things have gone missing, but that is very rare. People appreciate the service and it seems to bring a smile to people’s faces.
“There’s not many refreshment options on the Speyside Way, and if people don’t have any cash they can donate by PayPal which we’ve had quite a few times.”