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04. Sep 2009 at 16:44
 
Why does time stand still in CSL?
I am referring to the magnificent clock in the tower of what used to be the main building of Tone Vale Hospital, now converted into apartments. It appears that the clock faces have been restored but they more or less indicate 12 o'clock. Could anyone enlighten me as to why this is?
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Reply #1 - 04. Sep 2009 at 17:00
 
Because there is no mechanism in it, as this was sold I believe
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Reply #2 - 04. Sep 2009 at 19:02
 
That's excellent news! So I'll never become a day older--------wish it had stopped several years ago, though!  Wink
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Reply #3 - 04. Sep 2009 at 19:57
 
Yes, sadly the mechanism was sold for scrap.
They'll never work again.
Terrible.  Angry
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Reply #4 - 04. Sep 2009 at 23:06
 
Could always have a whip-round and buy us a small electric one, I s'pose...? Then the question arises of who's responsible for maintaining it and paying for the juice. Stick it on the service charge for the flats below it, I imagine...?
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Reply #5 - 05. Sep 2009 at 07:43
 
They'd probably love you Tempus hiking their bills up for them.  Grin Grin Wink
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Reply #6 - 05. Sep 2009 at 08:18
 
Just call me E.On...

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Reply #7 - 05. Sep 2009 at 11:10
 
Thank you all for the info. I too think it a great shame that the works were scrapped. Depending on what drive mech remains for the hands on the faces, a synchronous drive motor could be obtained for around 500. But as Tempus points out there would still be the question of a suitable electricity supply. I wonder if the Borough council has a clockwork unit in storage, or if anything could be done to get the clock working.
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Reply #8 - 05. Sep 2009 at 14:19
 
Given that they built more houses than they allowed sub-station capacity for, I doubt the supply would stand having another few amps load on it!

It's in and out like a cat on speed as it is!
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Reply #9 - 16. Sep 2009 at 20:14
 
Could we not use some of the money in the 'Village Bank Account' to get a mechanism, and get it fitted? Surely in this modern day and age someone does one that doesn't need any maintenance, and uses very little juice?

Or we could do a 'Back to the Future' re-enactment to raise some funds?  Wink Grin
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Reply #10 - 16. Sep 2009 at 22:38
 
I guess the problem with that is the building is privately owned and therefore not a village asset.
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Reply #11 - 16. Sep 2009 at 23:32
 
Perhaps V1 can appeal to the owners sense of thilanthropy and community...?

Property is theft, blah, blah, blah (runs off to look up Communist Manifesto for purposes of posting accuracy).

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Reply #12 - 17. Sep 2009 at 10:43
 
The clock faces are an important aspect of CSL and although the clock tower is now in private hands I for one if I lived there would be very keen to see the clock working. However as I stated previously the cost of a synchronous motor specifically designed to drive a clock of this scale would cost around 500. The fitting and any modification work would doubtless push up the cost considerably. The cost of running such a synchronous motor would be negligible so I do not think the electricity supply side of it would be an insurmountable problem. If anyone has any ideas please air them here.
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Reply #13 - 22. Sep 2009 at 17:51
 
Nobody wrote on 17. Sep 2009 at 10:43:
The clock faces are an important aspect of CSL and although the clock tower is now in private hands I for one if I lived there would be very keen to see the clock working. However as I stated previously the cost of a synchronous motor specifically designed to drive a clock of this scale would cost around 500. The fitting and any modification work would doubtless push up the cost considerably. The cost of running such a synchronous motor would be negligible so I do not think the electricity supply side of it would be an insurmountable problem. If anyone has any ideas please air them here.


I quite agree that the clock is a feature of the village.

What if-----------we could get an estimate re. the inclusive cost of restoring it to working order and organize getting those funds together either by going to the Community Association or just doing it ourselves by interested parties fund-raising (i.e -sponsored events, old fashioned 'jumble sales', etc. etc.)

I, for one, would be totally interested and I think I could vouch for my family (so that's a few more!)

Let's  do it!!   Smiley
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Reply #14 - 22. Sep 2009 at 18:54
 
Best get the owner on board first, eh...?!
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