Cradley clock heads north for restoration27 Oct 2019 By Sam Setchell
Cradley clock is sent to be restored.
Last week, the clock dial saved from St Luke’s in Cradley Heath headed north to the workshops of the Cumbria Clock Company in Dacre near Penrith, Cumbria.
Before leaving Cradley representatives from both St Peter’s Cradley and St Luke’s Cradley Heath gathered to see the dial off on its journey. After a photo call at St Peter’s, the dial paid one final visit to the site of St Luke’s where it was joined by two former churchwardens. After photos had been taken, the dial left Cradley Heath for the final time and made its way up the M6 to Cumbria.
After a journey of four hours, the dial arrived at the workshops of the Cumbria Clock Company and was greeted by the Director, Keith Scobie–Youngs. Keith and his staff very kindly gave a guided tour of the workshops and described the various stages of the restoration process. The Cradley Clock is in good company as also in the workshop being restored was the clock from Hanbury Hall near Bromsgrove.
Over the next few weeks the Cradley dial will be rubbed down, given a coat of paint, have gold leaf added and the glazing replaced before being returned to St Peter’s by Christmas. When it has returned it will be put on display in the church for the public to see. The church still needs to raise around £3,500 to install the restored dial on the tower so please check out their website to find out how you can support them: www.stpeterscradley.org/clock-just-a-minute
It is hoped that the dial will be installed in the spring of 2020.
The next FREE fundraising concert is on Saturday 9 November at 2.30pm when Kevin Hill will be at the Compton Organ with music for Remembrance Weekend.