May 2016 sees the launch of an appeal for the preservation of the clock at All Saints Oakham.
The clock installed at All Saints is regarded as ‘The Rolls Royce’ of movements, primarily because it was made by Frederick Dent, who was regarded as the finest clock maker during the 19th Century in Great Britain for their precision, accuracy and high quality engineering.
Unfortunately at 158 years old the clock is starting to show its age. The repetitive nature of hand winding the three heavy train weights every 48 hours to keep the clock running is now putting wear on the movement. From expert inspection we have been advised that the clock should now have its winding mechanism automated. Whilst the proposed upgrade will remove the function of the three train weights, it will not disturb the fabric or function of the clock itself and can be easily removed if ever required.
With the 21st century brings new technological developments and the Parochial Church Council sees this as an opportunity and responsibility of extending the clock’s lifespan for at least another 158 years and beyond. As part of the upgrade the Council would like to incorporate the following additional features:
- To maintain greater accuracy, the new system uses radio technology to synchronise with Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and adjust the clock accordingly.
- The new system can also adjust the clock for daylight saving between GMT and British Summertime (BST) as and when required.
- In case of power failure, the new system has a battery back-up so the clock can continue running for a further 12-24 hours without mains power.
- The system can disable the quarter and hourly chimes during curfew hours at night and for bell ringing activities.
An application for approval of the upgrade has recently been submitted through the appropriate channels and the total cost of the new upgrade will be £5,140. So far we have been fortunate to have secured £1,000 through generous donations towards the funding of this project.
We will be holding a number of events to help with fundraising. The first will see members of the Oakham All Saints Scouts Group climbing up and down the church tower in an attempt to notch up a total climb equivalent to the height of Mount Everest – 8,848 metres!
Please help us to keep the Oakham Town Clock Ticking! If you would like to make a donation or organise a fundraising event, please contact Louis Totaro, Tower Captain, through the Team Office on 01572 724007 or email email@example.com. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
Clock appeal letter (pdf)