Town landmark keeps up with the times

Source Cafe staff welcome back the clock after local roofer Terry Peel removed and restored it to working order.
Source Cafe staff welcome back the clock after local roofer Terry Peel removed and restored it to working order.
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Keeping time – for the first time in 20 years – is a well known Buxton landmark.

The clock on the former District Bank building on Terrace Road, now the home of the Source Coffee Shop, is working again, thanks to local builder Terry Peel.

After recently carrying out work on the roofs of the adjacent building, Terry kindly financed and arranged for the restoration of the timepiece.

Terry said: “I am really pleased to see this famous Buxton clock working again. To me it is an important historical landmark. I remember as a lad often looking up at the clock on my way to school to see if I was late and needed to run!

“After 30 years in the town in business I thought I would give something back,” he explained.

The restoration of the clock follows work over the last seven years by the Buxton Church in the Peak to revitalise the building.

Andrew Astle, Leader of the Buxton Church in the Peak, said: “We are really grateful to Terry for his efforts. Many of our locals who come into the cafe often ask when the clock will be back in operation. Now it is restored and keeping us all to time.”

The building is also the local office for the free debt advisory service Christians Against Poverty and the Choices Pregnancy Advice Service, as well as providing meeting rooms for hire by the public.

The cafe is a not-for-profit community project which is staffed by a team of volunteers and paid supervisors.

Over the last six years a total of £250,000 has been raised by the Chuch to support projects in Africa.

Working in partnership with the Dihlabeng Church in Clarens, South Africa, and other churches, the funds are used to support projects to help rural areas to address HIV and Aids, support orphans and families, and to help provide schooling, training and assistance with farming projects.