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NewsTime

June 4, 2019 News

NewsTime Its been another busy month at Smith of Derby including a wedding and another apprentice joining the company, which is all included in this team focused addition of news time! New team member… We are delighted to confirm the start of our next apprentice.  This week Jack Biggin, pictured below, joins the Smith of Derby team and our award-winning ‘apprenticeship program’. Jack follows in the footsteps of our hugely successful team of young clockmakers. Jack schooled with our own Mitch Eaton and has many fond memories of Mitchell making him laugh in his school days which we are sure…

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Hythe Projecting Clock

May 29, 2019 News

Hythe Town Hall has a prominent projecting clock as part of the building facade.  Originally built in 1974, the Town Hall was a Guildhall but now houses Hythe Town council offices. In early 2019 Smith of Derby were commissioned to complete the clock restoration, ensuring it’s a focal point of Hythe for many years to follow.   The clock was installed Circa 1890 when many projecting clocks of a similar design were installed. This trend was because of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, which was celebrated in 1887, as many locations chose to have a commemorative projecting clock. After many years…

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Clock Tower for School Development

May 13, 2019 News

New schools are being built across the City of Glasgow, including in the district of Dalmarnock. At the heart of the campus is a clock tower, with the two clock dials being fabricated and installed by James Ritchie Clockmakers. Originally approached in 2017 when the project was in an early stage, the James Ritchie team worked alongside the construction contractors to ensure that the client’s desire for a bespoke clock tower was delivered. Following on-going discussions, it was decided that the design would be simple black hour markings and hands on a white background. Behind the dial was to be…

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NewsTime

May 8, 2019 News

Once again, it’s been a busy few weeks both in our Derby works and across our various sites in the UK. Here’s just a few things we have been doing. Installation and Servicing So far, the team have serviced an average of 92 clocks per week in 2019 and installed jobs in Oman, Qatar, Ireland and across the UK. Cyprus will soon be added to this list, as two team members head to Girne to install several tower clocks. Team News A ‘new starter’ since the last edition of NewsTIME is Charlie Corr who has joined the Planning team. Not…

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St Peters Church, Titchfield

April 30, 2019 News

The historic village of Titchfield, Hampshire, is the home of St Peters Church. The clock at the church was originally installed by J W Benson in 1887 but has been cared for by Smith of Derby for a number of years. As part of our work we recently installed a new autowind system and pendulum regulator to ensure time keeps ticking for many years to come. The picturesque village in Southern Hampshire dates-back to the 6th century and is famous for its Abbey which has strong associations with Shakespeare. Along with the Abbey is St Peters Church, situated in the…

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World Health and Safety Day

April 25, 2019 News

Every year world Health and Safety day is celebrated on the 28th of April. Whilst the day falls on a Sunday this year it does not take away from the importance of the day and Health and Safety in general. Here at Smith of Derby we pride ourselves on our high standards of Health and Safety, developed through investment and training for everyone at the company. This year the day has been inspired by Inspired by the ILO centenary and discussions on the future of work. the day this year attempts to take stock of a 100 years of work in improving…

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Emmanual Church Restoration Project

April 16, 2019 Church, News

The three 1.2m dials which adorn the clock tower at Emmanual Church, Shelley, were recently restored after first been installed over eighty years ago. The work, which was part of a large project at the Church, was a great success and the dials are now looking ‘as good as new’. The clock at Shelley Church was originally donated by Mr. and Mrs. E Auckland to celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary in 1935. The clock and dials were fabricated and installed by local company William Potts of Leeds, who are now part of the Smith of Derby Group. In late 2018 Smith…

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Kinburn Museum Dial Restoration

April 8, 2019 News

The coastal town of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland, is famous for a number of things and has a museum dedicated to the town’s history. Located in the beautiful Kinburn House, within the grounds of Kinburn Park, the museum is also home to two eye catching clock dials which have recently been restored by Smith of Derby Group member, James Ritchie Clockmakers. Originally built in the Victorian era, Kinburn House has two rombus clock dials adorning one of the towers to be seen by all visiting the museum or park and those staying in the guesthouse. Unfortunately, the dials had…

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Clocks Go Forward

April 1, 2019 News

Sunday was the official start of British summer time (BST), as the clocks went forward one hour at 1am, meaning we all got one hour less in bed but the evenings will be much lighter! The clocks changing means a busy period for our team, both planning the time change visits and our clockmakers visiting various sites across the UK to complete the changes. Our clockmakers follow a similar schedule each time the clocks changes, including when they go back in the Autumn, so they know their route and clocks well. However, as the number of locations with our PAR-100…

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NewsTime

March 26, 2019 News

NewsTime Once again its been a busy few weeks both in our Derby works and across our various sites in the UK. Here’s just a few things we have been doing. Health and Safety A big part of this company is our continual and insistent approach to our team wellbeing and safety. We have developed a new approach to the safe access to specific pillar clocks for example, revising our method to secure ladders and our working at height approach. We have also developed a simple system to communicate changes to Health & Safety practices, or changes to product or…

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