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Commemorative clock now has pride of place in Burley

10 February 2014

In 2012 local residents in Burley held many fund raising activities to celebrate the Queens diamond jubilee.

When all the celebrations were over the Parish Council were left with a small surplus of money and decided to ask the residents what they would like to do with it.

The majority view had a leaning towards providing something permanent for the village, which would mark the Queens Jubilee, be sympathetic to the environment and benefit the village as a whole. The Parish Council gave the community the opportunity to put forward ideas on what shape this would take and the idea of a clock on the form of a village sign was suggested and received popular support.

The project has taken place under the leadership of Councillor Neal Martin, who contacted clock manufacturer Good Directions Ltd of Botley, Hampshire to work with local artist Suzan Houching who has been involved in the design aspects of the clock.

It has been important to ensure that the design is a true reflection of the village and captures the essence of Burley, the animals and the Forest Environment. The border of the clock is made up of eight images, which depict the crown and scenes from the village and forest. One scene includes two children who represent the younger generation and the future of the Forest.

Alan Gingell, Managing Director of Good Directions worked closely with Cllr Neal Martin on this project and says: “we have enjoyed working on this unique project and are very proud to see the double sided drum clock mounted on its Oak post in the centre of Burley village.”

Cllr Neal Martin said: “This has been an exciting project which has generated discussion and participation from many areas of the community. The new clock will be a lasting reminder of the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations and will be enjoyed by locals and visitors to Burley for many generations to come.”

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