Church of England Diocese of Gloucester Rodborough

Church Clock (Amended 22/6/2020)

21 May 2020, midnight




Rodborough: St Mary Magdalene





In the Consistory Court of the Diocese of Gloucester

Church of Rodborough: St Mary Magdalene

In the parish of Rodborough: St Mary Magdalene


NOTICE IS GIVEN that we are applying to the Consistory Court of the diocese for permission to carry

out the following:

Repair and maintenance of clock mechanism and refurbishment of dials as described by Simon Gilchrist

MBHI of Crackstone Clocks Ltd. in his quotation of 28th February, 2020, as follows:

▪ Main Clock Mechanism

Completely strip down the clock mechanism, remove any rust, polish all bushes and polish all pivots to

remove rust from these areas. Repair the gravity escapement and 3rd wheel bearings, repair the fly

bearing and clean the whole clock including the pendulum and pendulum rod. Reassemble and apply

fresh oils and greases as necessary.

Strip and clean the bell hammer crank rods, replace the rods with 3 mm diameter stainless steel if

necessary, and clean the bell hammer.

▪ Auto-rewind Units (Time and Strike Units)

Check the motor bearings and sprocket bearings and service or replace as necessary. Service the

switching units, safety cut-out switches and replace the drive chains.

▪ Motion and lead off work.

The motion work turns quite freely. Some debris surrounds the motion work and this needs to be

removed. The motion work does need cleaning and new oil applied to the motion work and lead-off

work as required.

▪ Clock Dials and Hands

Strip back each dial and apply two coats of Cover Stain Exterior Sealer Primer Stain Killer followed by

two coats of Dulux Weather shield Exterior High Gloss paint in a colour of your choice. The numerals,

minute marks and decoration to be gilded in 23.5ct Triple Thick Transfer Gold Leaf.

The hour and minutes hands will be stripped back to base metal, receive an undercoat and then gilded

in in 23.5ct Triple Thick Transfer Gold Leaf. The minute hand retaining nuts will also be stripped back to

base metal, receive an undercoat and then gilded in in 23.5ct Triple Thick Transfer Gold Leaf.

I recommend that the dials are reaffixed to the tower walls with stainless steel rawl bolts or another

suitable method of fixing.


Date 22nd May, 2020


Automatic Winding Addendum to QL20_002_01

Thank you for your enquiry to quote to replace the current automatic winding system that is fitted to the

tower clock at your church.

Your current system is driving each train from their 3rd wheel arbors. Today, Church Care Conservation

guidelines advise us that the clock should no longer be driven in this way and should instead be driven directly

from the winding barrels. As your barrels are still fitted, this will not present a major or practical problem for

new automatic winders to be fitted.

I propose the following:

• Remove the existing motor units, switching mechanisms and chain drives and remove the sprockets

fitted to the 3rd wheel arbors on the going (time) and striking trains.

• Retain the driving weights that are used on the current system for use with the new auto winding


• Fit two new motorised rewinding units beneath the clock on to the existing supporting frame. New

mounting plates will be required to support the motor units and plates these will be fixed to the

supporting frame. This frame is not part of the original clock mechanism and no part of the clock will

be affected.

• Fit two new sprockets, one for the going train barrel and one for the striking train barrel. These

sprockets are clamped to the barrel using an uncomplicated method of clamping which allows the

sprockets to be fitted and removed without damaging the clock.

• Configure the going and striking train weights so that they continue to fall beneath the clock


• Provide a fall arrester beneath the clock to prevent the weights from falling if any part of the

mechanism fail.

If you wish to object to any of the works or proposals you should send a letter/email stating the grounds of your objection to The Diocesan Registrar at

Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP

Narrow Quay House, Narrow Quay, Bristol

DX 7831 Bristol

[email protected]

so that your letter/email reaches the registrar not later than 20th JULY, 2020. A letter of objection must include your name and address and state whether you live in the parish and/or your name is entered on the church electoral roll of the parish or any other basis on which you have an interest in the matter.