Appeal to help old clock find its voice
PUBLISHED: 14:00 27 February 2015
THE familiar chime of a church clock has been missed by villagers in North Somerset.
People living in Flax Bourton have been giving generously towards an appeal to fix the clock on St Michael and All Angels Church, on the A370.
The chime in the timepiece stopped sounding months ago due to worn and broken teeth on its large cog wheel and pinion.
It will cost £2,500 to pay for the intricate piece of equipment to be replaced and the church has set up a fundraising appeal to collect the cash it needs.
Church warden Val Eustace said: “Initially we wondered whether we needed the chime, but so many people in the village love it.
“It’s amazing how many people have asked what has happened to it and said how much they have missed it.
“We are now asking people to sponsor one of the teeth in the cog to see if we can raise the cash needed.”
The clock, which was installed in 1897 for Queen Victoria’s Jubilee, chimes every hour and half hour.
To help the clock find its voice, donations to the appeal can be made by sending a cheque to Flax Bourton CC.
To find out more about the appeal email ddavaughan@ waitrose.com
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