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Shop visit proved timely for Rotarians
5:00pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
THERE was no excuse for being late when Ledbury Rotarians visited a clock shop in Newent.
The punctual rotarians were there to learn all about fine clocks from horologist John Jillings, of Church Street. Rotarian Jan Long said: “Situated in the idyllic surrounding of a lovely old building, antique clocks of every description from mantel, long case, grandfather, cuckoo clocks and barometers, were on display.
“After hearing about people’s fascination for clocks from the first mechanical style of the 1380s, to the spring driven in 1430, Mr Jillings gave an historical timeline mentioning the pendulum design by Galileo in 1657.”
“He showed examples of clocks and timepieces, the difference being that a clock chimes and a timepiece doesn’t, that he had restored.
“Mr Jillings revealed that he had featured on the BBC’s Antiques Road show giving advice, and even now he is asked to repair clocks of great value. Throughout the tour of workshops, there was the sound of chimes, bells and cuckoos, which both delighted and amused us.
“In thanking Mr Jillings for such an interesting and informative visit, rotary president Steve Wheeler said he had always been intrigued by the workings of clocks but had never dared to take one apart the for fear of not being able to assemble the pieces.”
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