Plea for cash as time catches up with town clock

CHURCH leaders in Axbridge are appealing for £2,000 to repair an historic clock. The 100-year-old timepiece, which chimes across the town from the tower at St John the Baptist Church, has stopped ticking and hundreds of pounds is needed to replace the win

CHURCH leaders in Axbridge are appealing for £2,000 to repair an historic clock.The 100-year-old timepiece, which chimes across the town from the tower at St John the Baptist Church, has stopped ticking and hundreds of pounds is needed to replace the winder.The church has written to Axbridge Town Council to appeal for the cash to fund the repairs and is currently waiting for an answer.Martin Latham, chairman of the church's fabric committee, said: "The clock is a focal point in the town. It's a town amenity, not just for the church. A number of people have told us how much they miss it."The church, which was built in the 15th century, also needs new wiring and lighting and members believe they could be faced with a bill of around £55,000 to get the work done.Mr Latham said: "It's getting to the age where some bits are giving up, so the sooner the work is done the better."The church is holding a gift day on June 23 and writing to every resident to appeal for cash for the repairs. Members will also be applying for grants to help foot the bill.


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