A CHURCH clock in Cubbington is a tick tock closer to repairing its broken clock thanks to a timely donation from a housebuilder.
Bellway has stumped up £250 towards fixing the clock that no longer keeps time at St Mary’s Church after being moved to contribute to the fundraising drive by a new resident of Bellway’s Hazelwood development in the village.
David Morris, who moved into a maisonette in February but who has lived in the village all his life, has been leading the fundraising campaign to pay for the necessary repairs, with one of the key events including a quiz night at Cubbington Primary School.
The 84-year-old, who was even christened in the church as a baby, said the quiz, alongside other events organised by parishioners throughout the year, would contribute towards the £5,500 cost of getting the arms of the clock moving again.
He explained that when he moved into his new home earlier in the year he mentioned to Tina, one of the sales advisors on site, about the quiz, and she thought it sounded such a worthy cause, she would get the ball rolling on a potential donation to the church on behalf of Bellway.
Mr Morris continued: “Tina has been incredibly friendly towards me, often stopping to chat when we pass one another on site, and it was during one of our chats that I mentioned a quiz night taking place at the church, to help fund the cost to repair the broken clock. I asked Tina if she would be willing to donate £10 to the event, and not only did she do that, but she also agreed to book a table at the quiz and attend herself, and asked Bellway if they would consider making a more substantial donation to the church.
“To my surprise, Bellway agreed to donate £250, which will help tremendously towards our overall fundraising to pay for the repair of the clock, alongside other local businesses who have also donated to the cause,” he added.
The fundraising campaign has raised £1,500 so far.
Elaine Brown, head of sales for Bellway South Midlands, said: “One of Bellway’s fundamental aims, alongside supplying high-quality housing, is to contribute positively to the local areas in which we build.”