Another in Mole's Series of Series – A Fine Pair #1206
Number 1206 in a series of caches where a red telephone box is in close proximity to a post box.
It would appear there is parking opposite the cache - but we are not sure if this is private, so haven't given this as parking co-ords
The only rules are that they have to be able to be photographed together, be not more than 100’ apart and the phone boxes have to be red.
Most are many feet apart, some are closer
However you just can't find them any closer than this
This is a simple cache and dash
But be careful, from the given parking you do have to cross the road
Sometime ago (June 2009 through to August 2010) we had put together a series of caches and the theme of those was ‘Series’ – collectively known as Mole’s SOS (Series of Series)
Each cache was, in their own right, part of a group of caches (a series) around the country each following a theme linked to a landmark or object, such as churches, ponds and in this case A Fine Pair.
Each ‘series’ was devised by an individual cacher who either retained the series and developed it on their own such as the ‘Ponds, Dew Ponds and Lakes’ series by Martletsman or encouraged other cachers to add to the series with the request to advise the originator of a new addition, in order to keep tabs of the increasing number and save duplication – such as the Church Micro series, which is managed by Sadexploration (This is now the largest linked series of caches in the world)
There are some series of caches which do not get referred to by a rolling number allocated by the originator (like Church Micro #176), instead these others are referred to by their location – such as the Motorway Mayhem series where the motorway and the junction distinguish it from any other.
As a result 22 caches were put together highlighting 20 different series (if you want to find these search ‘Mole’s SOS’ in the cache name box, mainly found around the Tonbridge area)
Having moved recently away from Tonbridge we adopted out the early part of the SOS series (the first 22) and these are now owned by cachers local to Tonbridge – all still active caches.
So now adding to this series further we come to this cache – the theme of this is ‘A Fine Pair’and is an addition to the series originated by wizardsmum. Some text from the A Fine Pair website :-
The 'A Fine Pair' series was initially started by wizardsmum when she placed the first cache in the village of Fittleworth, West Sussex on October 8th 2011. A Fine Pair is essentially a location where a traditional K6 red telephone box is close to a red post box. The series was initially quite slow to grow, and when wizardsmum gave up Geocaching in 2014 , ownership of the series passed to mattd2k, an early fan and owner of caches in the series.
After the creation of a Facebook group and the development of a statistics webpage, awareness of the series increased and placed caches started to grow at a greater pace, but still mainly in Southern England, with Dorset, Cornwall and Gloucestershire becoming hotspots. In January 2018 the 1000th cache in the series being was placed, and the series had reached as far as the Isle of Man, Northern Island and Northern Scotland!
The series continues to grow, but due to mobile phones leading to a decline in the use of public telephones, many of these iconic boxes are slowly being removed. However, many have been adopted by local parishes and given a new lease of life as Information Points, Book Swaps, Cafes and Defibrillator Points.
The A Fine Pair series is managed by mattd2k
If anybody would like to place 'A Fine Pair' of their own please do. I would just ask that you first visit www.afinepair.co.uk to request a number to avoid any duplication.
mattd2k also keeps a public Bookmark List of this series. Once your cache is published please contact him via the A Fine Pair website at www.afinepair.co.uk to have yours added.
If you cannot find a cache, do not assume it missing and do not put a throwdown as a replacement. ALL maintenance is the responsibility of the CO – if any is required, please add a ‘Needs Maintenance’ log to highlight the issue.
Please replace all caches exactly as found