Appeal is launched to repair South Kirkby church’s clock

Timothy Kaye of All Saints Church, S Kirkby which has launched an appeal to raise �3,000 to fix its iconic clock, which stopped working during the winter
Timothy Kaye of All Saints Church, S Kirkby which has launched an appeal to raise �3,000 to fix its iconic clock, which stopped working during the winter

A SOUTH Kirkby church has launched an appeal to raise funds to repair its iconic clock.

The All Saints Church, Barnsley Road, needs £3,000 to repair the clock, after its mechanics stopped working due to a combination of the extreme winter weather and age.

The clock is located close to the top of the church’s 96ft tower.

The appeal was launched at an open event earlier this month, where people were invited to donate to the cause.

Collection boxes have also been placed in South Kirkby shops and businesses.

Father Timothy Kaye said: “The appeal is doing quite well so far. I have been overwhelmed by the response from local people, who obviously value the clock so much.

“It is the only public clock in South Kirkby and so many people have said they want to see it up and running again soon.

“It is a mechanical clockwork so the bad weather didn’t help but it was ready for a decent overhaul so it was a combination of the two.

“We have given the contract to a specialist company, which is in high demand and has a lot of work on. But work on our clock will start as soon as possible.”

Church member Teresa Monaghan said: “Many people from South Kirkby have been inquiring about the clock and asking when it will be repaired. The clock is a focal point in South Kirkby.”

For more information on the appeal or to donate, call Father Kaye on 01977 642795 or Ms Monaghan on 01977 649251.