Gerald’s March 2019 Musings

At the annual charity dance held in January, £1,500 was raised, and divided equally between McMillan Nurses and Cancer Care – well done the dancers!

I mentioned the Church clock in last month’s Wagtail. The present clock was installed in the Church in 1875, and set going on 10 January 1876. It was manufactured by Gillet and Bland of Croydon and is identical to one at Windsor Castle. The escapement system is quite unusual and is described as the double three-legged gravity escapement. It was invented by Lord Grimthorpe in 1860 and is identical to the one used in Big Ben. [You can find a working model on YouTube – Wagtail ed.] It is usually used with a compensation pendulum in high quality clocks where accurate timekeeping is required.

[The adventurous among you may like the opportunity to borrow the kids Lego and make your own example of the four-legged Grimthorpe escapement – JK]

Once again there has been a lovely show of snowdrops both in the churchyard and in Moor Ghyll. Spring must be just around the corner.

8747019 – snowdrop flowers in morning, soft focus, perfect for postcard

The Arkholme and Kirkby Lonsdale Bowling Greens are opening again this month. You will be most welcome at either green if you fancy taking up the game. All you need is a pair of flat shoes as all the other equipment will be supplied.

The next dance in the Village Hall is on Saturday 2 March when Bill Johnson will be providing the music for the dancers. I would love to see you there.

Gerald Hodgson

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