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IC Friends Weather Vane Ceremony


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This Monday saw the arrival of a new finial and weather vane for the roof of the Visitor Centre. Upwards of twenty-five friends of the late Pauline Grainger and Rachel Ballard gathered for coffee at 10.30 and waited with some anticipation for the arrival from Newbridge of Penybryn Engineering’s van bringing the new finial. It arrived a 10.45 and was put on display outside the visitor centre while for the short ceremony in which Mr Michael Grainger (Pauline Grainger’s brother) was to present the new finial to Sir Norman Lloyd-Edwards in his capacity as President of both the Friends and The Trust.

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A little bit of information on bringing the new weather vane to Insole Court, from Friends’ Secretary John Prior-Morris and Chair Valerie Mitchell.

“As you know, the restoration of the finials on the clock-tower marks the completion of our commitment made at the beginning of the lottery-funded project, to raise funds for the restoration of the clock-tower. By the summer of 2017 over twelve thousand pounds had been handed over to the Trust towards structural repairs and of course, for getting the clock up and running with its freshly enameled face."

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The balance of the fund has been held in abeyance until now, pending a technical solution to reinstating the finials…. But it is to our dear and much-loved friend Pauline Grainger, that we owe the idea of having a weather-vane as part of this. Not only the idea, but also her financial support in the form of a legacy that has helped to make it possible. In addition to Pauline’s legacy we have allocated to this project a similar sum left by the late Rachel Ballard who served for many years as Deputy Chair of the Friends


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Following the short ceremony on Monday the finial was taken aloft for installation later in the day. It has now been installed and with the removal of the scaffolding later this week it will be on view for all to enjoy very soon.

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