Bere Regis Bellringers
Time is about to stand still …….
Have you ever wondered what sort of a clock is responsible for those hourly chimes?
After all, it never shows its face!
Well, the answer is a huge, monster piece of Victorian engineering that weighs a ton and lurks high up the tower in the bell-ringing chamber.
It ticks and tocks away quietly in the background until the hour approaches.
Then suddenly it wakes up and a rumbling “Wurra –Wurra – Wurra – CLICK”……… makes even the most seasoned bell ringer jump as it releases the mechanism for striking the hour.
It has been like that since 1878 when the clock was bought at a cost of £140 10s 0p.
Until 1977 it had to be wound daily. Arthur Janes did the winding for 40 years, from 1912 to 1952 with occasional help from Reg Standfield.
Then Tom Woolfries did a 25 year stint till 1977.
Tom’s deputy was Dave Gibbs.
The bell-ringers still ‘manage’ the clock but no longer wind it by hand.
In 1977 Geoffrey Booth designed and installed the system of electrical winding that is still working today.
Geoffrey looked after the clock till 2012 when he handed over to Tim Alford.
Tim lives in Wool, is married to one of the Wool bell ringers, and runs “Alford Time Repair”.
The clock last had amajor overhaul in 2012.
The time has now come for another overhaul, which will entail parts of the clock being removed for bench-top inspection and servicing.
We have scheduled this work to take place in February 2020 and anticipate that the clock will fall silent from the end of January for several weeks.
Please be warned !