The Nether Regions

The blog that slips an affectionate hand between the thighs of the regional media

Delight at return of post box

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When mindless thugs (aren’t they always?) carried out a senseless act of vandalism (aren’t they always?) upon an innocent post box (aren’t they always?) last summer in the small market town of Wokingham, Berkshire, they probably didn’t appreciate the true level of hurt that would reverberate around the local community.

The Wokingham Times, 9 November 2009 (story):

Calls for return of vandalised post box

Campaigners are calling for the reinstatement of their post box after it was wrecked by vandals.

Regular users of the post box in Heathlands Road, Wokingham, thought the mail box would be replaced after vandals broke it away from its concrete base over the summer.

However, months on the group are still waiting for a new box and have been told by Royal Mail there are no plans to reinstate the damaged facility because there are other boxes nearby in Wokingham and Bracknell.

John Hall, 58, of Heathlands Road, said […]: “It is insane to try and park in Nine Mile Ride and you do not want to walk there.

“The other one is over the level crossing in Wokingham. It is not sensible to try to walk to the other nearby boxes, not that they are nearby.

“If you drive to them you impact on the environment and why should you drive to post a letter.”

‘Why should you drive to post a letter?’ is a question requiring many complex philosophical considerations, and it would be above this blog’s pay grade to try and answer it. But the photo above is great: group of campaigners + dog x wheelchair user = trademark local newspaper photo arrangement. In many ways, the dog looks the most concerned of the lot of them.

All’s well that ends well, especially when it involves something being ‘reinstated without warning’:

The Wokingham Times, 4 February 2010 (story):

Delight at return of post box

A much-missed post box has been replaced in a rural area of Wokingham following a campaign by residents. […]

Last week, the post box was reinstated without warning a few metres away from its original location.

Councillor Angus Ross, the ward member for Wokingham Without, said: “Out of the blue, the post box has come back.

“The residents and parish council didn’t give up and pushed for its return.

“We are surprised and pleased.”

There is Angus posting a letter, smug as you like. But I’m sure that grin will be wiped off his face when it transpires that this fake post box has only appeared as part of an elaborate prank by the very same vandals who nicked the first one.


Written by Paddy

May 24, 2010 at 10:29 am

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  1. This story is epic. I do hope someone has bought the film rights.


    June 1, 2010 at 8:40 pm

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