Expensive five grand face-lift for clock tower

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The cost of replacing clock faces in the tower of Fordoun Parish Church, in Auchenblae, has been discussed by the property committee.

The northern clock face fell from the building, owing to storm winds, on January 12.

The remaining dials were taken down as a safety precaution and, while a cherry-picker was used for this precautionary work, it is understood that scaffolding will have to be put in place for the duration of the remedial work, in line with health and 
safety regulations.

The heavy wooden structures, with painted tin facing, will need to be refurbished and repainted, as well as being re-fitted to the tower with a more modern method than the cast-iron rod system which was 
originally used.

An engineer’s report has been completed and put before the committee.

At time of going to press, no figure had been made public about the total cost of 
the repairs.

However, the interim moderator of West Mearns, the Rev. Ronnie Gall, told the Observer last week: “We are quite possibly looking at a figure of around £5000 and we’ll need help to 
raise that.”

Parishioners and other interested parties will be encouraged to help raise the final total, through tried and trust fund-raisers such as coffee mornings, jumble sales and sponsored activities.