Bell at former Excessive Kirk of St Andrews is chiming as soon as once more



THE bell at a landmark former church constructing, now occupied by an area satellite tv for pc firm, is chiming out throughout Musselburgh as soon as extra after a mission to refurbish its clock.

The improve challenge was led by Musselburgh and Inveresk Group Council which contributed £2,000 and acquired £10,000 from the Musselburgh Widespread Good Fund to cowl the price of the work on the former B-listed Excessive Kirk of St Andrews, on Excessive Road.

The constructing, which dates again to the 19th century, has been used as a dolls museum previously and, now referred to as the Copernicus Kirk, is the headquarters of house know-how firm Astrosat.

The previous church, that includes a central tower with a clock face on both sides, was in-built 1843 by famend architect R Thornton Shiells.

A brand new digital mechanism has changed cogs which operated the clock. The final has not sounded since 2015.

Irene Tait, group council chairperson, mentioned: “I’m delighted that the three clock faces on the constructing at the moment are in working order. The job was undertaken by clockmakers Smiths of Derby. It has taken a couple of months from begin to end and we’re very happy certainly with the work they carried out.

“The clocks will chime from 8am on the hour till 9pm for the current. I might level out that the workers at Astrosat have been available to assist out from a security angle and when engineers or electricians had been required. Astrosat are making a floodlight which is able to improve the clocks from behind the construction within the winter months.”

“The group council may be very happy with the response from native individuals who appear to be delighted that a large a part of their Musselburgh historical past has been maintained. I wish to thank the Widespread Good Fund Committee, Musselburgh and Inveresk Group Council members and Astrosat for all of the help acquired”

Fraser Hamilton of Astrosat mentioned: “Hidden in plain view within the coronary heart of Musselbugh, Astrosat continues its mission to be the gateway to unlocking the secrets and techniques of satellite tv for pc knowledge and thereby empowering on a regular basis knowledge options for a altering tomorrow. This mission extends not solely to the heady heights of house knowledge however to our roots and the way we may give again to the group, one thing that began by returning a central and iconic piece of structure to sensible use as a know-how hub and serviceable workplace house.

“With the now re-commissioned clock tower working efficiently, the extra set up of backlighting will make sure that the faces of the clock tower stay seen within the night time sky as a beacon on the crossroads to Musselburgh’s coronary heart.

“The chimes of the bells have been silent for someday in Musselburgh however, with the help supplied by the group council, we’re extraordinarily proud to search out ourselves as custodians of the hourly chimes.

“As they sound out throughout Musselburgh, it’s one other small instance of advantages that the house business can deliver to the many individuals that think about themselves largely disconnected from it.”

The Musselburgh Widespread Good Committee is made up of the city’s councillors.

Chairman Stuart Currie commented: “We’re delighted to help the refurbishment of this landmark within the city. It’s a nice tribute to the group council that they determine tasks that may be supported by the Widespread Good Funds that actually assist enhance the city.”

Councillor John Willamson mentioned: “It’s good to see the clocks working once more after such an extended interval after they had been out of motion. Nicely finished to the group council for taking the lead on this lengthy overdue challenge.”

And Councillor Katie Mackie added: “It’s nice to see these clocks again in motion because of the mixed efforts of the group council and the Musselburgh Widespread Good Fund.”

Whereas Councillor Andy Forrest mentioned: “I welcome the work finished by the group council to refurbish the clock on the church. It was additionally heartening to see native enterprise Astrosat work with the group council concerning well being and issues of safety as soon as the work was accomplished.”