New town clock installed in Uckfield High Street

Uckfield has got a new town clock. It was fixed into position on the wall of the NatWest bank yesterday.

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Pictured with one of the new Uckfield clock faces are, from the left, William Harrison, and guide dog Texan, who is to have the old clock, Brian Gravener from Grayson Time Management Systems, Sue Critchley from NatWest, John Rose, from Uckfield Rotary Club, Lee Randall from Grayson Time Management Systems, and Clive Critchley former NatWest manager and a member of the Rotary Club who remembers the original clock being fixed to the building.

Looking on was the former manager of the bank Clive Critchley, who remembers the original clock going up in 1980.

As a member of the town’s Rotary Club he helped to arrange for the clock to be donated to the town to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Rotary International.

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The old Uckfield clock which has found a new home with William Harrison from New Town. He’s hoping to restore the clock and attach it to his chimney in Alexander Road.

He was pleased to be there yesterday to watch the replacement, which was paid for by the town council, positioned.

He accompanied his daughter Sue, a key holder for the bank who enabled work to be done within the building to make ready for the new clock to go up.

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The frame of the new clock held by Brian Gravener before being hoisted into position.

The new one is analogue, like the old, but while that was mains operated, this has a master clock controlled by 24 volt impulse. It pulses magnets in the movement once a minute.

The clock shouldn’t need any maintenance as it uses LED illuminations, 4000K bright white. A time clock will change automatically for summer and winter time.

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The first new clock face is carefully carried into the NatWest bank. It was to be passed out of the window before being fixed into the new clock frame.

Also there, while the work was under way, was William Harrison with his guide dog Texan.

William, who lives in Alexander Road, asked what was happening to the old clock and secured it for himself by making a £50 donation to the Rotary Club, along with a bottle of Champagne for their weekly draw.

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The first clock face is fixed into position having been passed out of the window at the NatWest bank by John Rose, from Uckfield Rotary Club, who is looking on.

William is hoping that toolmakers at his father’s factory Omeg in East Grinstead will be able to restore it – they have the capability to make any parts needed. Eventually he hoping to be able to fix the clock to the chimney at his home.

“A lot of commuters come through Alexander Road and they will be able to see the time as they go to the station,” he said.

Brian Gravener and Lee Randall from Grayson Time Management Systems, which manufactured both clocks, took the old one down and put up the new one.

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The plaque fixed to the wall of the NatWest bank when the first clock was positioned on the building.

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