Park's bells are ringing again

December 20 2017

THE historic clock tower in Page Park is chiming in time for Christmas following a major restoration project.

THE historic clock tower in Page Park is chiming in time for Christmas following a major restoration project.

The completion of the work was marked at a ceremony and festive concert in the park attended by more than 300 people including residents, council officials, members of the Page family and the Friends of Park Park, a group which was instrumental in winning lottery funding to revamp the 19-acre site.

Councillor Ian Blair, chairman of South Gloucestershire Council, attended the event on December 16, which featured carols around the clock tower.

Speaking at the event, Cllr Blair said: "It is a pleasure to be here today to celebrate the refurbished clock tower in Page Park, which is a central feature of this much loved community space.

"This park is always full of people of all ages enjoying a good day out and I am sure visitors will continue to enjoy these improvements for many years to come."

Pupils from The Tynings Primary School and the Salvation Army Band kept guests entertained with Christmas songs whist visitors admired the new-look clock tower and took in all the changes which have been carried out in the park in the past year.

Funded by Suez Environmental Trust and the Page family, the clock tower’s restoration has been going on throughout summer and autumn and has included structural repairs to the support beams and roof. 

The clock's mechanism has been refurbished and the clock face rejuvenated. The bells, which were removed while the restoration project took place, were reinstalled ready for the carol concert.

Steph Purser, vice chair of the Friends of Page Park, said: "Four of the bells have been retuned and the fifth one, the smallest, has been recast. The chimes are the same as Big Ben's, but Page Park's are working!

"It's fantastic to have the restoration work complete and the clock up and running. We are very grateful to Suez for their help.

"It's been an amazing year in the park. So much has happened and there is still more to come. Soon after Christmas work will start on the restoration of the drinking fountain and in March work will start on the perimeter walls."

The project forms part of the wider Heritage Lottery funded regeneration of the park. The £2.2m project includes a £1.6m Heritage Lottery Fund Parks for People Programme grant. 

The five-year project also includes the new combined café and community building, planting, improved signage, repairs to railings, footpaths and walls, a refurbishment of the tennis pavilion and a programme of activities, including a junior parkrun and Walks for Health.

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• Anyone wishing to join the Friends of Page Park or find out more about them, can pop along to an events meeting on Thursday January 11 at the Bean Tree Cafe at 7pm.