Posts In: Clock

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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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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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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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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Woodfield Pavilion Clock and Wind Vane

February 25, 2019 News

The ‘Woodfield Project’ in Tooting, London is focused on re developing an existing recreation ground back to former glory. Part of the project is a small turret, which now features both a clock and wind vane made by Smith of Derby. The pavilion and recreation ground, originally opened in 1933, were created to offer a sports ground and changing facilities for young people in the area.  After many years of use it was taken over by a local school to meet their need for a sporting facility, however in recent years the school have moved on and the Tooting site…

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NewsTime

February 19, 2019 News

It’s been a busy start to the year here at Smith of Derby. The team have been working hard both in our works and out on the road to keep Britain’s clocks ticking, along with some huge international work which we hope to share with you very soon. In the meantime, please read further about our recent activities. We are delighted that in this edition of NewsTIME we can report that we have received feedback from our training partner, Learning Unlimited, that Joe Mines has achieved a ‘distinction’ in a recent examination on engineering health & safety, attaining 85%. Staying…

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Time for Valentines

February 14, 2019 News

Valentines day, a day for celebrating love and spending the day with your loved one. Many people choose to take their partner to a favourite restaurant of theirs to make them feel extra special. But those who are out this evening, eating and drinking their favourite cuisine, are unlikely to realise just how close they are to a Smith of Derby timepiece. Over the years we have installed many timepieces in bars and restaurants across the globe. One of our most recent was at the German Gymnasium in central London, a restaurant which specialises in Mittel-European food for breakfast, lunch…

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Harrison Clock Visit

February 12, 2019 News

This morning, volunteers from the Derby Museum of Making arrived for a tour of the clock works. After a short introduction from Managing Director Bob Betts, which touched on the history of the family company and its commitment to the future of clockmaking, Bob handed over to Customer Service Manager, Tony Charlesworth, who led the nine visitors on a tour of the factory. Of particular note was the Harrison Clock. Tony outlined how Smith of Derby apprentices had been responsible for the dismantling, restoring and reassembly of the clock, and how the clock was back to full working order and…

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