Cheers for cherry picker

Black Country Bugle - - YOUR LETTERS -

THANKS to ar­ti­cles in the lo­cal press, our ap­peal for the loan of a cherry picker to mea­sure the clock space on the tower of Cradley Parish Church was an­swered.

When the ap­peal was pub­lished, the man­ager of the Corn­bow Cen­tre put GT Ac­cess in touch with St Peter’s Church. Steve Moody, Na­tional Sales Man­ager from Gtac­cess, kindly of­fered the use of a cherry picker for the day so that the cir­cu­lar clock space on the tower could be mea­sured with a tem­plate to see if the clock dial from St Luke’s Cradley Heath would fit.

Af­ter very skil­ful driver, Jim Wil­liams, de­liv­ered the ma­chine along Church Road the space was mea­sured, and the dial will fit with an inch to spare!

Thanks must go to Steve Moody, Justin Kite, Phoebe Cat­stree and Jim Wil­liams from GT Ac­cess for their help with our project. We must also thank the Man­ager of the Corn­bow Cen­tre for putting GT Ac­cess in touch with us.

We are also very grate­ful to David Burt, Re­gional Op­er­a­tions Man­ager from Open­view Se­cu­rity So­lu­tions Ltd for pro­vid­ing a trained en­gi­neer to op­er­ate the plat­form and to vol­un­teers Karen Chap­lin, Glenn Darby and Paul Mill­ward for their as­sis­tance on the day.

It’s now full steam ahead to raise the £7,000 needed to re­store and in­stall the clock dial – please do do­nate if you can. Visit www.stpeter­scradley to find out how you can do­nate and help us in­stall the clock at Cradley.

Our re­cent or­gan recital with Michael Haynes raised a fur­ther £200 to­wards the project and we look for­ward to our next con­cert with Hale­sowen Hand­bell Ringers on Satur­day 26th Jan­uary at 7.30pm, free ad­mis­sion with a re­tir­ing col­lec­tion for the Her­itage Clock Fund. James Brookes St Peter’s, Cradley

Mea­sur­ing the clock space at St Peter’s, Cradley

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