Couple travel 240 miles to Kington deliver grandfather clock

Ledbury Reporter: The recently donated Skarratt clock (right) standing next to another Skarratt clock in the Kington Museum. The recently donated Skarratt clock (right) standing next to another Skarratt clock in the Kington Museum.

THE curator of a county museum said he was 'overwhelmed' by the kindness of a couple who travelled 240 miles to make a rare donation.

Glyndwr and Brenda Giles travelled down from Kent to deliver a Skarratt grandfather clock to Kington Museum.

The clock, originally made in the town in the 1700s, came into Mr Giles' possession in 1981 after it previously belonged to his aunt, who lived in Norton Wood, Herefordshire, for many years.

Rob Pritchard, museum curator, said he was "absolutely touched" by the gift.

He said: "It’s heart-warming to realize that such generous, public-spirited individuals still exist. The clock is a wonderful Christmas present for the museum and a treasure returned to its Kington home.

"When I received a phone call from a lady in Kent asking if we would be interested in a Skarratt clock I thought she was trying to sell it.

"When she said it would be a donation, I assumed it was someone having a joke. It was only after Brenda explained she felt it would be nice to bring it back to its original home that it registered she was serious.

"One rarely comes across such generosity."

But Glyndwr said he wouldn't have had it any other way.

"I paid nothing for it and I would never dream of asking for any money for it," he added.

"It would break my heart to sell it to someone who wouldn't look after it so I was absolutely delighted when the museum agreed to take it. The clock is back home where it belongs."

The 7ft clock now stands next to a smaller Skarratt clock in the museum on Mill Street.

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6:53am Fri 20 Dec 13

silentbull2 says...

"Headline"? ? Another strange one

Wouldn't it be better having something like...
'Grandfather clock goes back in time back to Kington'
"Headline"? ? Another strange one Wouldn't it be better having something like... 'Grandfather clock goes back in time back to Kington' silentbull2

9:25am Fri 20 Dec 13

WYSIATI says...

silentbull2 wrote:
"Headline"? ? Another strange one

Wouldn't it be better having something like...
'Grandfather clock goes back in time back to Kington'
make your own headline - and why not

'Clock this - donation chimes with museum'
[quote][p][bold]silentbull2[/bold] wrote: "Headline"? ? Another strange one Wouldn't it be better having something like... 'Grandfather clock goes back in time back to Kington'[/p][/quote]make your own headline - and why not 'Clock this - donation chimes with museum' WYSIATI

9:43am Fri 20 Dec 13

LouisWalsh says...

"It was too big for the shelf, but not for Kington Museum"!
I'm here all week folks! Well actually I'm not, last day before Christmas for me
Happy Christmas and a fantastic New Year to all posters - which ever side of the argument you are on
"It was too big for the shelf, but not for Kington Museum"! I'm here all week folks! Well actually I'm not, last day before Christmas for me Happy Christmas and a fantastic New Year to all posters - which ever side of the argument you are on LouisWalsh

9:48am Fri 20 Dec 13

probono says...

Stop whinging you lot - a kind and thoughtful deed, and rather generous for this rare clock to be donated. The spirit of Christams and thinking of others is obviously alive and kicking in parts of Kent. Let us have a little of it here for just s few days please.

Someone once said "It is more bessed to give than to receive".
Stop whinging you lot - a kind and thoughtful deed, and rather generous for this rare clock to be donated. The spirit of Christams and thinking of others is obviously alive and kicking in parts of Kent. Let us have a little of it here for just s few days please. Someone once said "It is more bessed to give than to receive". probono

11:23am Fri 20 Dec 13

LouisWalsh says...

it is a lovely story probono, we were just playing the headline game.
to be fair - I think ours were better than the one which is actually attached now
it is a lovely story probono, we were just playing the headline game. to be fair - I think ours were better than the one which is actually attached now LouisWalsh

11:34am Fri 20 Dec 13

Herefordian says...

Didn't realise Kent was up North??
Didn't realise Kent was up North?? Herefordian

1:12pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Everywhere says...

Generous couple with time on their hands.
Generous couple with time on their hands. Everywhere

6:31pm Fri 20 Dec 13

silentbull2 says...

Naughty naughty HT
Changing 'headline' to something quite boring!!!

"Couple travel 240 miles to Kington deliver grandfather clock"

Shouldve picked one of the others like "Generous couple with time on their hands"
Very good 'Everywhere' ;-)
Naughty naughty HT Changing 'headline' to something quite boring!!! "Couple travel 240 miles to Kington deliver grandfather clock" Shouldve picked one of the others like "Generous couple with time on their hands" Very good 'Everywhere' ;-) silentbull2

11:15pm Fri 20 Dec 13

William Rudd says...

Sold a cuckoo clock to a blonde girl from Essex once,along with 50 kilos of bird seed
Sold a cuckoo clock to a blonde girl from Essex once,along with 50 kilos of bird seed William Rudd

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