Clock repairers prepare for abseil

Heckington St Andrew's Church, Heckington. EMN-150721-172211001

Heckington St Andrew's Church, Heckington. EMN-150721-172211001

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Heckington villagers are looking forward to the restarting of the church clock, which has been stubbornly stuck at four o’clock for some weeks.

Clock repairers are due to attend tomorrow (Thursday) at 9am and should be abseiling down the 500-year-old church tower to the clock at about 10am.

The plan is to bring the affected parts down to the ground for cleaning, although they will only know for sure if that is all that is needed with closer examination of the much valued village timepiece.

Churchwarden Michael Cullen said: “We know at St Andrew’s how much village people and visitors value this clock and we hope to have it back in working order as quickly as possible.”

Meanwhile, plans are progressing at the church for some major improvements over the coming years.

Chairman of the St Andrew’s Heritage and Tourism Group, Andrew Key, said: “We are now hosting groups of visitors from all over the country who are coming for guided tours of our wonderful medieval church. We have some very exciting plans in the pipeline and hope to be able to make an announcement about them very soon.”

To raise funds for the heritage work at St Andrew’s an Afternoon Tea by the Lake is being held at Wadeley Grange in Heckington on Sunday, August 2, 3pm-5pm. Places are strictly limited and can be booked by calling 01529 460272. A traditional tea will be served overlooking the lake.