The Clock Is Ticking For St Thomas A Becket
A historic Lewes church is hoping that a coffee morning later this month will be a money-maker as it raises funds for ongoing maintenance work to its ancient clock which was overhauled last year.
St Thomas a Becket at Cliffe boasts the second-oldest working clock in the county, and it needs constant professional attention to keep its time-worn mechanism in working order. Attributed to James Looker, a Ditchling blacksmith, the turret timepiece dates from 1671 and continues to strike the hours from the bottom of Cliffe High Street.
“A clock this old needs regular maintenance,” explains churchwarden Trevor Butler. “We are fortunate to be in the good hands, thanks in no small part to the daily winding by Brother George who ascends the tower steps to perform the task. Proceeds from the coffee morning will support the clock fund for the next 12 months.”
The Coffee Morning is in Cliffe Hall on Wednesday 24th January from 10am to Noon and features delicious home-made cakes, hot drinks, a raffle and other stalls.