Concert held to help Fareham church restore its tower clock

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SCORES of people enjoyed a night of musical entertainment as part of a church’s bid to raise £500,000 to fix its clock, restore its tower and turn the church into a more accessible community hub.

More than 150 people sang and clapped along to the music of the Littlehampton Concert Band, led by musical director Bob Haselip at the Last Night of the Proms, held at Holy Trinity Church, in West Street, Fareham.

This special event was held in aid of Holy Trinity Church’s High Time Appeal.

Fareham coach company Lucketts Travel transported the band from West Sussex to Hampshire so they could provide an interesting programme including a spectacular rendition of Bach’s Toccata in D Minor featuring the church organist, Gordon Uphill.

Circus music was the theme for the first half and one of the attendees Josh, aged nine, said he particularly liked the trombone solo The Acrobat by Greenwood Maas performed by Jim Willis in his old-fashioned trapeze outfit.

Daphne Armstrong, churchwarden, said: ‘A high time was had by all from the youngest Meghan, who is seven years old, who loved launching the balloons, to the oldest, Mary, who celebrated her 99th birthday in style.

‘Thankfully the only raising was of money towards the total needed to complete the £500,000 High Time project.

‘Hopefully, the community of Fareham will soon see Holy Trinity Church without its scaffolding, the tower restored, and hear the church clock chime once again.’

A topping out ceremony was held last week to mark the tower becoming water-tight. The clock is due back this week and plans are in place to ring the bells on Remembrance Day.

Speaking about the restoration, Rev Sally Davenport said: ‘The roof has been completed beautifully. It is now water-tight and looking lovely.

‘The fundraising has been very successful mainly because of the community at large and the support we have been given.’

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