Village’s renovated clock chimes again

Oliver Stibbs, ten, and Findon Parish Councillor Len Prior   WH 100914

Oliver Stibbs, ten, and Findon Parish Councillor Len Prior WH 100914

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AN historic village clock, which was out of use for five years, has been restored to working order with the help of an enthusiastic schoolboy.

The Victorian-era clock at St John the Baptist CofE Primary School in School Hill, Findon, has undergone a major renovation at a cost of more than £7,000.

Ten-year-old student Oliver Stibbs first took an interest in the clock last year, when a teacher at the school mentioned it used to be one of only six working Victorian clocks in the country. Oliver noticed scaffolding had been around the clock for some time and decided to ask the school’s head teacher, Richard Yelland, what could be done to fix it.

Oliver said: “It’s great that it’s working again because the mechanism is actually in the classroom where I am. It’s lovely to hear it chiming on the hour and seeing it work. It was a great achievement having it all working again. The school and the parish have been very supportive.”

For the full story, see the Worthing Herald, Thursday, September 25.