After a lot of fund raising, in February 2017 the St. Paternus Church Clock face was taken down for its renovation. Sue Vernon, of the Bell Ringer Restoration Fund, was overjoyed to meet with the clock restoration company engineer as he coordinated the removal of the clock face and hands by two qualified climbers.
The Bell Ringers had to raise £8,653.68 for the dial refurbishment & machinery overhaul, which has been achieved. Due to it taking so long to raise the funds, it has been decided for now to put the automation of the clock on the back burner for now, what with the prices continually rising and the grants having a time fixed period.
The work will take anything from 2 – 6 weeks and an announcement as to their refit will be made as this could possibly be part of a continued fund raising event.