Time’s up for winder Les
Les Grieve is an admirer of old mechanical objects, so he was on cloud nine when he took on the job of winding Wooler’s church clock.
That was 13 years ago and now he has to bow out reluctantly because he can no longer devote himself to climbing the tower of St Mary’s every six days.
For carrying out the task 62 times a year the annual fee is only £80, but it is a labour of love.
“I restore vintage cars and machinery and obviously I like historical buildings and anything that’s old. It’s something I have always enjoyed doing. I have always done the maintenance on the clock as well, oiling all the mechanism,” he said.
On the few occasions work as a maintenance team leader at Northumbrian Water has kept him from the duty, the task has been taken on by partner Linda.
Fifty next month, Mr Grieve is 34 years younger than the man he replaced, Charles Lipple, who spent 22 years making his way up a ladder and three flights of stairs.
Call for volunteer speed gun users
Volunteers who want to help police catch speeders are invited to Wooler’s Cheviot Centre on Monday, April 15, between 6pm and 8pm. People are being recruited by Sgt Andy Pullen to use a laser speed gun in 30mph zones in the rural district. Anyone seen speeding twice receives a warning visit from the police.
Bus task for new council in May
Work on finding ways to keep a reprieved bus service going will be passed to the new parish council after the May election. The Saturday Kelso- Newcastle link run by Wooler company Glen Valley Tours has been saved from the axe for now as the county council will maintain the subsidy for a year.
Only space for another10 years
St Mary’s churchyard may run out of space in 10 years, but the parochial church council has no capital to buy more land. Members said they would have to take it on and make inquiries well in advance. There are 16 to 20 burials a year, though numbers have dropped since a crematorium opened at Melrose.
Parents’ views for park spending
Parents of young children are to be asked their views on the best play
equipment to buy for Bryson’s Park. Some old equipment will be removed and about £7,000 spent on replacements. Councillors plan to focus on the youngest park visitors because older children are catered for elsewhere.