Church clocks set to chime

The refurbishment project followed storm damage to the Pitmedden Church weathervane.
The refurbishment project followed storm damage to the Pitmedden Church weathervane.

Residents in two Aberdeenshire villages are about to hear the chimes from their local church for the first time in what’s believed to be half a century.

Work is just about complete on the clocks at Udny Green and Pitmedden as part of a refurbishment project at both buildings.

The electronic clocks will ring out on the hour but are likely to be set so they don’t go off during the night.

Garth Entwistle, secretary of the property committee of Udny and Pitmedden Parish Church, said: “No one can quite remember when the chimes were last heard - it’s possibly 40 to 50 years ago.

“It will be an unsual sound for the villages. Both the beadles have talked to the neighbours and they were all very happy for them to chime even through the night, but it may be that they are set not to chime then.”

The £25,000 refurbishment project was launched following storm damage to the Pitmedden Church weathervane. The weather had also taken its toll on the lightning conductor and the steeple.

At Udny, the clockface was removed and sent to the Edinburgh-based firm which made it more than a century ago.

The work has been completed in time for the arrival of the new minister at Udny and Pitmedden, the Rev Gilian McLean.