Abseiling down church tower gets council backing

PUBLISHED: 11:00 21 July 2011




COUNCILLORS in Bleadon are happy to help fund the repair of a church clock which continually breaks down.

In a recent parish council meeting, councillors unanimously voted on paying for half the quoted cost of £1,400 to have men abseil down the church tower.

Members from the St Peter and St Paul church are still deciding on the best way to fix the church clock which repairmen are currently unable to reach from the inside.

The church’s preferred plan is to have repairmen abseil down the bell tower and take out the innards of the clock because they are unable to reach it from the inside.

This would cost the church £1,400, with £450 of the sum paying for health and safety personnel to attend the scene while they abseil.

Churchwarden, Brian Drinkwater said: “I am very pleased and thankful for the council’s generosity.

“They will pay half the cost of £1,400, but if it costs more money then they may review that decision.

“The problem is we don’t know exactly what’s wrong with the clock.

“If it needs a new spindle it could cost £750 plus VAT as well.

“I think we have full support from the village for the church even though a lot of people are not church-goers themselves.”

Chairman of the parish council, Penny Skelley believes that the church is a vital part of the village.

She said: “It is in the heart of the village.

“We are all very proud of our beautiful church and it is good to see the councillors fully supporting it.

“We look after part of the church financially and we want to see it looking its best.”

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