Time to mend church clock in Coleford
Coleford villagers are raising money to mend their idiosyncratic church clock.
Puzzled villagers are often confused by the clock which can strike a dozen times at 2.25 in the afternoon or once at 11am.
The Rev Clarissa Cridland said: "We have been anxious to have our beloved clock mended and working automatically so that we no longer have to climb the incredibly steep ladder to wind it."
Fundraising began two years ago, and money has come in through events organised by Shirley Newton, donations following funerals and from three generous parishioners.
Miss Cridland said: "We thought we were there and we are now ready to obtain the faculty, the equivalent of church planning permission, but we have been caught by VAT.
"New regulations affecting listed buildings came into effect in March this year."
Now parishioners need to raise a further £2,000. They will be having more fundraising events beginning with a quiz on Friday, September 13, at 7.30 for 8pm at the Royal British Legion in the village.
To book a table call Shirley Newton on 01373 813451. Organisers also need raffle prizes. To give a donation, call Miss Cridland on 01373 812705.