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aussiewelshman
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Posted - 18/08/2007 :  21:07:32 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Gwent Gazette August 16, 2007.
Tredegar Town Clock progress report August 2nd, 2007


By the time this letter is read by members, the work of clearing the clay and other material from around The Clock base will be complete.
Work will then commence on hacking off defective render on the walls and damaged concrete coping. In addition the work of buttressing the existing walls will start, shoring them up on the inside.
Work will also commence on removing the old lighting pylons, but retaining the lamps to allow for new equipment to be put in place.
Works still to start include the in-situ shot blasting of the railings and the old drinking fountain on the northern side of The Clock surround.
It is not intended to reactivate this fountain as health and safety considerations would be a major problem and the attendant risks woud not be sustainable by Tredegar Town Council.
Finance is still not completely in place, with CADW being extremely slow, but the Clerk has been advised that a formal offer will be made next week, at which point the total costs and the grants already in place will be made available.
One part of the work is outside the restoration contract and that is the upgrading of the electrical works. Since this will be an improvement which will bring it up to 21st-century standards - again a health and safety consideration - these works will not receive CADW support. This has to be let as a separate contract when the remainder of the works are well advanced.

Dr John RP Evans
Tredegar Town Clerk

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pierre
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Posted - 21/08/2007 :  08:01:53 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I see that scaffolding has started to be erected around the clock in the last few days then. I’ll try to get some pictures….
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aussiewelshman
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Posted - 21/08/2007 :  23:01:04 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good one.
See if you can get a pic of someone actually working on it ;-)
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Chris
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Posted - 22/08/2007 :  01:02:16 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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It is not intended to reactivate this fountain as health and safety considerations would be a major problem and the attendant risks woud not be sustainable by Tredegar Town Council.


They could always convert the fountain into a urinal,
it would be well used on Friday and Saturday nights.
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aussiewelshman
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Posted - 22/08/2007 :  09:34:44 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Chris

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It is not intended to reactivate this fountain as health and safety considerations would be a major problem and the attendant risks woud not be sustainable by Tredegar Town Council.


They could always convert the fountain into a urinal,
it would be well used on Friday and Saturday nights.




The only council on the planet that can't sustain a drinking fountain

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tarkus
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Posted - 22/08/2007 :  14:59:27 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nor a b**w job in a brothel(whoops toys are starting to play up

Edited by - tarkus on 22/08/2007 15:01:38
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pierre
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Posted - 29/08/2007 :  22:40:16 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
latest picture of working on clock taken 25th August 2007.



A Tredegar firm doing the scaffolding I wonder ?
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Bryan Rendell
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Posted - 02/09/2007 :  00:20:04 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was in Tredegar this evening visiting Rhyd Hall for a Grammar School Reunion.

Work has started on the Town Clock and there is a mesh type of netting around the work.

Did take a picture but don't know how to put it on the Forum.

Bryan
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aussiewelshman
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Posted - 11/09/2007 :  22:32:53 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I fired off an email to Trish Law a while back.
Just asking for any and all info she may have on repairs/restoration to The Clock.
It would appear the novelty has worn off Dr. J & BGCBC, for I never hear anything back.
Let's hope the communication avenue with Ms. Law is more productive.

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aussiewelshman
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Posted - 21/09/2007 :  22:44:12 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A little bit of history....

JOHN PUGH & TREDEGAR CLOCK CHAPEL

John Pugh could have taken a prestigious Welsh-language chapel in the Calvinistic Methodist heartland and salved his conscience by occasional preaching elsewhere. But that was not his way, instead, he accepted a call to Tredegar.

The church he became pastor of had started in 1867 with a membership of eight. By the time they called Pugh in 1872, the church membership had doubled to 16, and the church had a temporary corrugated iron building, which was half-filled on Sundays. The membership were resting in their salvation, but that was not enough for Pugh.

Almost at once, Pugh decided that there was only one way to reach the teeming masses of Tredegar, and that was to preach in the open air. On the last Sunday evening in July, Pugh announced that the coming Tuesday, he would preach at the town clock at seven o'clock.

At seven o'clock, Pugh stood on the steps of the clock, hymn-book and bible in his hands, like the twin guns of the Western marshall. None of his congregation turned up to support him. At last, six women joined him. They prayed for a long time, before Pugh sang a hymn:

I Hear thy welcome voice,
That calls me Lord to Thee,
For cleansing in Thy precious blood
That flowed on Calvary

After a prayer, Pugh began to preach to the passing crowds. As he spoke, one rough-looking collier joined Pugh on the steps of the clock. The preaching continued, and the church began to grow, Pugh bringing the Gospel to the teeming, perishing multitudes.

The greatest opposition arose not from the workers Pugh sought to reach, but from within the denomination. He was opposed as a 'ranter' and accused of 'casting pearls before swine' in preaching to the common people of Tredegar. But in these men and women, Pugh saw not 'swine,' but 'the sheep for whom the shepherd died.'

But Pugh's contacts from his Trefecca days came to his aid. One Sunday, Principal Howells and Edward Matthews, Ewenni, visiting Pugh, insisted that he preach from the clock. Pugh agreed, albeit reluctantly. An immense crowd assembled, and as Pugh preached, the Holy Spirit came down. The crowd was transfixed, and the two preachers baptised by the Spirit. The critical elders who had been there with them, were also transformed.

The congregation of the tin church increased so greatly that the church was forced to meet in the larger Temperance Hall. A new building, seating 700 was erected, John Pugh's father providing the labour. Pugh had been pastor in Tredegar for less than four years.

It was while Pugh was at Tredegar that he met Mary Watkins, the daughter of a prosperous farmer. Although her parents were initially opposed to the match, love prevailed, and Mary Watkins, 25, was married to the Rev. John Pugh, 29, at Zion Street Baptist Chapel, Abergavenny on April 25th, 1875.

Blessed with a loving wife and a growing congregation, Pugh might have been forgiven for decidingto rest on his laurels. But that was not the way of the man. In 1881, Pugh accepted a call from the English-language church in Pontypridd.

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aussiewelshman
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Posted - 13/10/2007 :  07:59:21 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

How's this then? The poor folk over in Ebbw went 2 whole weeks without a clock. That's right... 2 weeks.

Time stands still for church.
Sep 27 2007 by Louise Dicks, Gwent Gazette

NO, it’s not an episode of Dr Who time really is standing still in Ebbw Vale, well it is for the clock at Christchurch anyway!
Due to a mechanical fault the clock face on the 175ft steeple has stuck at 5.30 and cannot not be repaired for around two weeks.
The fault lies with one of the rods leading from the clock mechanism to the face being out of alignment, possibly caused by the recent bad weather.
Now, Reverend Geoff Waggett says he has to wait for the people who replaced the clock following the fire which destroyed it in 2003 to come and fix it again.
Meanwhile, the Gazette and Reverend Waggett have received numerous phone calls asking what’s up with the clock.
“I’ve had quite a few people ringing me up asking why the clock has stopped and many of them say they are missing the chimes, one woman said she thought she had got up late for work,” says Reverend Waggett.
“It’s a mechanical fault and we need the people who renewed the clock after the fire to call out.”
Christchurch’s chimes are no stranger to publicity. Reverend Waggett was forced to defend them a few years ago when Blaenau Gwent Council contacted him regarding ‘noise’ issues after complaints from residents living nearby.
He won the fight and the bells chimed on!

They've gotta be kiddin'...


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pierre
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Posted - 13/10/2007 :  08:54:43 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Its the same old story, all funds goto Ebbw,its the way its always been.......


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Keith Marshall
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Posted - 15/10/2007 :  19:37:39 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by pierre

Its the same old story, all funds goto Ebbw,its the way its always been.......





I remember the old Christmas lights being redeployed around the area, but mainly to Ebbw Vale. No wonder we feel so antagonistic to the members of the now run down community of Ebbw Vale. Perhaps they are too elephantine to consider a reply.
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aussiewelshman
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Posted - 15/10/2007 :  21:25:21 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Keith Marshall

quote:
Originally posted by pierre

Its the same old story, all funds goto Ebbw,its the way its always been.......


I remember the old Christmas lights being redeployed around the area, but mainly to Ebbw Vale. No wonder we feel so antagonistic to the members of the now run down community of Ebbw Vale. Perhaps they are too elephantine to consider a reply.


Indeed Keith. One doesn't and can't expect too much from Dr. J, but is was disappointing not to (as yet) get a reply from Trish Law.
Dai Davies next...

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aussiewelshman
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Posted - 30/10/2007 :  19:39:17 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
At least they were consulted .

Public Quizzed On Landmark Clock

Councillors are to decide whether time has run out for a landmark clock which once stood in Newport city centre.
The Festival Clock, which stood in John Frost Square, has been dismantled and put into storage whole major city regeneration works take place.
The timepiece was originally made for the Ebbw Vale Garden Festival in 1992, but moved to Newport after the city bought it for nearly £100,000.
The public is to be consulted once the options and rebuilding costs are known.



There have been fears the clock would not be re-erected.
It was one of several "public art works" which had to be moved while work on new retail schemes in the city takes place.
The clock had become one of the city's visitor attractions because of how it opens up on the hour to reveal figures inside.
However, in the months leading up to the dismantling of the clock the mechanisms within it had failed.
Now Newport Council are looking at checks on its condition and possible locations for it to be displayed.
A spokesman said it was being held in storage until a decision is made.
"The clock was only designed to last for the duration of the Garden Festival in 1992 and we have been fortunate that it has survived so long.
"We will be looking to consult with the public on the clock's future, once the costs involved and the options available to us are known."
Since the redevelopment works of the city centre has been underway, there have been issues about several pieces of "public art works".
A recent decision has been taken that a mural depicting the chartist movement of the city which was made in 1978 will be pulled down but a replica will be rebuilt to replace it.
And a memorial to fallen war heroes has been removed from John Frost Square to a new location within the city centre.

10 months now, and Tredegar is still without a working clock. Disgraceful.

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pierre
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Posted - 30/10/2007 :  19:45:39 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
CLOCK UPDATE

E-mail and picture from Forum Regular Ashley showing the scaffolding is now down from around the clock.



Below is photo from Brian / Brad

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aussiewelshman
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Posted - 30/10/2007 :  19:50:29 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Midnight or midday?

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tarkus
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Posted - 31/10/2007 :  11:08:49 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Has the other hand fell off?
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aussiewelshman
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Posted - 31/10/2007 :  18:58:02 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dr. J took it, as a spiteful souvenir ;-)
Rumour and conjecture has it, that he uses the hour hand to correct his posture.
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Keith Marshall
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Posted - 31/10/2007 :  20:57:51 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Does the J stand for Jeckel? Who is Mr Hyde? 150 years of heritage and it's not thought to be important. Well I'm sure votes matter. Just remember when the elections come along.
Perhaps he took the clock hand thinking he was Harry Potter's apprentice and would wave it and discover all his troubles would disappear.
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aussiewelshman
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Posted - 02/11/2007 :  08:28:33 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Have found this on the http://www.tredegartowncouncil.org.uk/ website.
It took some digging around, as it wasn't on their Town Clock link (no update since July 9th), I found it after accessing the link regarding the Mountain Air having a Beach Party, dated August 2nd.
I check the site often, looking for updates on the clock, and this is the first I've seen of this.


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Work starts on the Clock! Picture taken on Thursday 5th July 2007.



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By 30th July reinforcements were needed.



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23rd August - the scaffolding to aid the exterior works and to paint the outside of the Clock is going up!




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The Roundels surrounding the Clock have all been carefully protected during this process.


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30th August 2007. The whole Clock is encased in scaffolding.






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As work progresses we will continue to post pictures to keep everyone up to date. Remember the Christmas Lights Switch-on is set for Thursday 22nd November 2007 - put the date in your diary!!



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Thursday 6th September 2007 - she's all dressed up and waiting to go! Work is progressing well and the scheduled date for completion of mid-October is still looking good.


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Keith Marshall
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Posted - 04/11/2007 :  20:00:21 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well done Aussiewelshman, I enjoyed the storyboard. With a few scrolls of the mouse I feel like Dr Who passing through time. Let's hope the subsequent progress can be as quick.
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aussiewelshman
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Posted - 09/11/2007 :  09:53:40 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
These news items are from September 1st & 10th...

Clocking Up The Years.
By Morfydd E. Jones

TIME FOR A CELEBRATION: Tredegar is about to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the town clock and the 60th anniversary of the NHS.
A meeting of all organisations and parties involved will take place at Bedwellty House, on Monday, September 24, in the Assembly Room, to discuss the arrangements for the celebrations.
Tredegar Town Council are to sponsor, support and host events that are planned for 2008.
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It is hoped by Tredegar Town Council to run at least one maybe two exhibitions during the celebratory year of 2008.
They are asking for information relating to the above celebrations, such as photographs, memorabilia, old memories of past celebrations, VE Day, VJ Day, the Coronation. All material will be catalogued and recorded.
If you have anything to donate or would just like more information, please telephone Tredegar Town Council, on 01495 722352, or e-mail: tredegartc@btconnect.com.

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/grassrootsnews/valleys/tredegar/display.var.1658014.0.clocking_up_the_years.php

And again...

The Time It Is A'Changing. ( Not yet it isn't.)
By Morfydd E. Jones

KEEPING UP WITH THE TIME: I received a delightful letter two weeks ago from Tredegar Town Council. It gave a detailed description of the renovation work being carried out on the town clock.
It is hoped that by the time you are reading this, most of the work will have been done.
All the defective rendering will be taken off the walls, "in addition, the work of buttressing the existing walls will start, shoring up the existing walls on the inside".
The railings and the old drinking fountain will be shot-blasted, but the old drinking fountain will not be used again, because of health and safety considerations.
Finance has been provided with the support of CADW, but one aspect of the works not covered by their support is the upgrade of the electric works on the clock.
Bringing the electrics up to 21st century standards. The electrical works come under a separate contract.

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/grassrootsnews/valleys/tredegar/display.var.1675995.0.the_time_it_is_achanging.php

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aussiewelshman
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Posted - 09/11/2007 :  10:10:35 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Keith Marshall

Does the J stand for Jeckel? Who is Mr Hyde? 150 years of heritage and it's not thought to be important. Well I'm sure votes matter. Just remember when the elections come along.
Perhaps he took the clock hand thinking he was Harry Potter's apprentice and would wave it and discover all his troubles would disappear.


Hi Keith,

Click the link for a short video featuring Dr. Jeckel .
(Wonderfully finished by Trevor Jones)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/player/nol/newsid_6310000/newsid_6311700/6311781.stm?bw=nb&mp=rm&news=1&ms3=4



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Chris
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Posted - 11/11/2007 :  00:22:30 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great hi-res pics, you can even see the bubble gum on the pavements.
The clock may have had a lick of paint, but it still don't work.
BTW, why is the door open? A makeshift toilet for the painters?
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