Villagers fundraising to stop clock chiming at wrong time
COLEFORD villagers are raising money to mend their idiosyncratic church clock.
Puzzled villagers are often confused by the clock which strikes odd times, sometimes a dozen strikes at 2.25pm or one strike at 11am.
Reverend 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.”
Two years ago, after obtaining quotations, the village set about fundraising.
The set amount was raised through events organised by Shirley Newton, donations following funerals and from three generous parishioners.
Rev 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 the VAT.
“New regulations affecting listed buildings came into effect in March this year.”
Due to these new regulations, parishioners need to raise more than £2,000.
They have organised a number of fundraising events beginning with a quiz on Friday, September 13 at the Royal British Legion in Coleford, from 7.30pm. To book a table, call Shirley Newton on 01373 813451.
To donate to the fund, contact Rev Cridland on 01373 812705 or visit www.colefordchurch.co.uk