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Man as old as clock supports appeal

12th August 2008 @ 9:09am – by Audlem Webteam
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A 96-year old gentleman living in Shrewsbury has travelled to Audlem to make a very generous donation to the Audlem clock winding appeal. It appears that, courtesy of appeal supporters Morriscare, the owners of Corbrook Court, the Audlem clock appeal story appeared in Shropshire newspapers and was read by the man.

He was born in Buerton and baptised in Audlem church in 1912, a short time after the current clock was installed to commemorate the Coronation of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. The clock was paid for by the people of the village. Ruth Kemble, who is one of the organisers of the appeal to raise funds for an automatic winding mechanism in time for the clock's centenary, was astonished but delighted when the gentleman turned up at her door last week. He said he'd seen Ruth and Christine Johnson's photograph in the newspaper and didn't want the two ladies to have to wind the clock on their own!

Over the years the clock has been wound and the hours adjusted by the bellringers on Thursday evenings after practice. This requires, we are told, 275 windings a week to keep the clock going.

The appeal now stands at £3,400 with £10,000 the target. Anybody who would like to donate can contact Ruth Kemble on 01270 811887 or Christine Johnson on 01270 811774. Also, if anybody would like to visit the church tower to see the mechanism and the winding operation, please ask Ruth or Christine who will make the arrangements.


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