The return of the clock at Nailsea Baptist Church Centre was a welcome sight last month after a longer than planned hiatus. Initially, the clock had been taken down to allow work to be carried out on the centre’s fascia across a number of days. However, once removed it was decided to use the opportunity to clean and revamp it, in the care of churchgoer and volunteer Peter Kent. As Peter explained, the clock was in sore need of renovation, with issues including its internal lighting and the yellowing of its polycarbonate. “It was in a sorry state,” said Peter, who worked on the clock in his garage, fitting it with new lighting, and replacing its royal blue exterior with a new lick of paint. “I wanted it to stand out,” he said of his choice of gold for the new colour. Work on the clock was delayed, not least of all by the pandemic but also while Peter underwent a period of ill health. “I wasn’t firing on all cylinders,” he said, before adding, “that’s all behind me now, thankfully.” In June, it took three people to hoist the clock back into position, after more than a year’s absence. “I would often be asked when it was going back up,” said Peter. “I didn’t realise how many people in Nailsea glance up at it and had missed it while it was away. I think it’s part of Nailsea, not just a clock for the church but for the community.”

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It took three people to hoist the clock at Nailsea Baptist Church Centre back into position, after more than a year’s absence