Villagers in Beadnell are turning back time in a bid to fund maintenance to its communal clock.
Back in 1902, public subscriptions saw enough money raised for the purchase of a clock to mark the coronation of King Edward VII.
Now residents at Beadnell are mimicking the efforts of their forefathers in organising a similar campaign to fund the repair of the clock. The cables which support the clock’s weights have become worn and are now in need of replacement.
The work was discussed at a recent meeting of Beadnell Parish Council, attended by representatives of St Ebba’s Parochial Church Council. It was agreed at the meeting to ask the Beadnell volunteers group to donate some of the funds it raises for village projects towards the cables.
The volunteers have decided to repeat the public subscription campaign of 1902 in an effort to raise the necessary £2,000. Concerts, jumble sales, an open gardens event and an auction are planned.