Freemasons Clock Up Church Support

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As  reported in the Local Newspapers, Freemasons have helped to save a rare historic clock in Buckinghamshire.

The Freemason’s  have donated £1,700 to help update the 1891 Gillett and Johnson clock mechanism at St Mary’s Church in Farnham Royal, north of Slough.

Now the clock is coupled to a computer, allowing automatic winding.

The grant was negotiated by the Grand Superintendent of Buckinghamshire Dr Richard Neale, following an approach from the church’s restoration committee, headed by Jerry Houdret.

Dr Neale says: “Freemasonry is a community organisation which stands for friendship, decency, and charity, and so it was easy to see the importance of saving this historic artifact.”

Mr Houdret says: “We are very grateful for the kind assistance from Bucks Freemasons. Overall, our appeal raised £14,450 in six months.”

Experts say the clock could be unique.

A plaque marking the freemasons’ donation has been fixed to the mechanism’s outer casing.