THE restoration of the clock tower at Goring village hall has been completed.
Workmen have returned the clock faces and mechanism, which has been regilded and is now working again, while the lead flashing and timbers surrounding it have been replaced.
The work was necessary because the old covering had developed multiple leaks, which meant rainwater was soaking the woodwork beneath and causing it to rot.
The water wouldÂ also seepÂ through into a first-floor storage room and damage costumes and props belonging to the Goring Gap Players drama group.
The metal sphereÂ on top of the finials and the fish-shaped weather vaneÂ have also been regilded and put back in place.
Several Tudor rose sculptures in lead have been added.
Contractors also removedÂ damaged roof tiles,Â cleared the guttersÂ and installed new energy-efficient floodlighting.Â
The overhaulÂ started in March and scaffolding was put up around the tower in early April. It finally came down last week.
The final costÂ will beÂ £37,000, most of which the hall trustees have raised through a mixture of grants, fund-raising events and large donations from several private individuals.
There is still a shortfall of about £10,000 and the group will continue making efforts to raise this.
Bernard Novell, who chairs the hall trustees, said: “We would like toÂ thank all those people who have donated timeÂ or money towards ourÂ appeal.
“Almost all the exposed timber has been encased in higher-quality sheet leadÂ and our leadworkerÂ assures meÂ that this should last between 80 and 100 years without further maintenance.
“I’m obviously not going to be around to hold him to that!”