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Clock refurbishment plans within striking distance

Working hard to get Searby Parish Church Clock back in good order are, from left, District Councillor Lewis Strange, Church Wardens Gary Martin and John Rowbottom and the Rev Canon Ian Robinson, Vicar of Searby. EMN-140519-094515001

Working hard to get Searby Parish Church Clock back in good order are, from left, District Councillor Lewis Strange, Church Wardens Gary Martin and John Rowbottom and the Rev Canon Ian Robinson, Vicar of Searby. EMN-140519-094515001

Contrary to local opinion, time does not stand still in the sleepy Wolds village of Searby.

The church clock remains the village timepiece and continues to tick, but there is one problem - it will not strike the hour.

The historic clock urgently needs refurbishing and, in the longer term, church officials hope to get it chiming again.

Church Warden Gary Martin said: “The clock has become badly worn over the years.

“We hope to automate the mechanism and in the longer term get it to strike and be heard across the village again.”

The clock is rather special, a fine example of the workmanship of the London firm of J W Benson; the Benson family began making and selling watches and clocks in 1749.

The clock was put into the tower in 1865 at the expense of the then Vicar the Rev Townsend, at a cost of £58.

Experts say the it is in reasonable mechanical condition, but it needs to be dismantled and cleaned.

“The clock movement has been over-lubricated throughout the years and this lubrication, when contaminated with dust and dirt, forms a very effective cutting paste; if left too long, it will lead to excessive wear on the mechanism,” added Mr Martin.

A new hammer check-spring is also needed, but all the repairs and renewals cost a great deal of money.

However, generous contributions are going towards a great village asset, which with maintenance will give another 150 years of service.

The latest grant has come from West Lindsey District Councillor Lewis Strange, who popped down the road from Grasby to hand over £500 from his Councillor’s Community Fund.

David Lyle then gave a talk of a journey around the world in 1960, also to raise funds.

 

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