Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Restoration of clock tower finished

THE restoration of the clock tower at Goring village hall has been completed.

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 would also seep through into a first-floor storage room and damage costumes and props belonging to the Goring Gap Players drama group.

The metal sphere on top of the finials and the fish-shaped weather vane have also been regilded and put back in place.

Several Tudor rose sculptures in lead have been added.

Contractors also removed damaged roof tiles, cleared the gutters and installed new energy-efficient floodlighting. 

The overhaul started in March and scaffolding was put up around the tower in early April. It finally came down last week.

The final cost will be £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 to thank all those people who have donated time or money towards our appeal.

“Almost all the exposed timber has been encased in higher-quality sheet lead and our leadworker assures me 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!”

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