Published on March 23rd, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Spring Forward This Weekend
This Sunday 26th March at 2am, British Summer Time (BST) begins. Whilst we lose an hour in bed this weekend, the change does herald the start of lighter nights.
Time to Change Your Clock?
For those of you who always forget to change your clocks on time, maybe it is time to invest in the Acctim Meridian Aluminium Radio Controlled Wall Clock? It keeps accurate time without you having to take the clock off the wall. This radio controlled wall clock is controlled via a radio transmitted signal from Anthorn in Cumbria. It also displays the date and room temperature as we look forward to some warm Spring and Summer days on the horizon.
Or, if the sound of the tick-tock disturbs you, why not buy an Acctim Orion Silent Wall Clock with its silent sweep hands?
Big Ben Set to Lose His Voice
Whilst we all prepare to adjust all our household clocks or invest in a new one, the most famous clock in the land will soon be falling silent for a while. An extensive three-year programme of essential works will commence this year to conserve the Elizabeth Tower, the Great Clock and the Great Bell, more familiarly known to us all as Big Ben.
This iconic London landmark is featured in the Big Ben 150th Anniversary Commemorative Stamps Sheet and Big Ben Medal Cover.
The £29 million project to repair Big Ben is essential. It has been over thirty years since the last maintenance was completed. Due to its chronic current state, in particular, problems with the pendulum and suspension spring, the clock may fail if these urgent repairs are not carried out.
As the refurbishments take place, the bell will be silent for a few months. However, it will strike and toll for important events such as Remembrance Sunday and New Year’s Eve.
The bell chimed for the first time on July 11, 1859 before a crack laid it silent for four years. Whilst the crack remained, the bell was turned a quarter clockwise and chimed with a lighter hammer. Its distinctive sound to this day is due to that original crack and it has never been re-tuned.
In addition to repair work to the clock and bell, other refurbishments are set to be undertaken.
New Additions to the Elizabeth Tower
The Elizabeth Tower, renamed in 2012 in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, will be updated to meet health and safety standards. At the moment, the tower is only accessible via 334 stone steps and therefore a lift is to be installed to improve disabled access. A washroom is to be installed as the tower has no running water or toilet facilities. Low energy LED lights are to be installed in the belfry and will also illuminate the clock dials.
The Elizabeth Tower will reopen to the public in 2020.