Hitchin school’s clock tower restoration is right on time!

Headteacher Sarah Smith with year 4, 5 and 6 pupils in front of the newly refurbished clock faces at

Headteacher Sarah Smith with year 4, 5 and 6 pupils in front of the newly refurbished clock faces at Wilshere-Dacre Junior Academy - Credit: Archant

A Hitchin school is celebrating after work has been completed on its clock tower after a hugely successful community fundraising campaign helped return the iconic structure built in 1929 to its former glory.

Wishere-Dacre headteacher Sarah Smith with (Back L-R) Jerome, Aisha, Davine and Bill (Front L-R) Loi

Wishere-Dacre headteacher Sarah Smith with (Back L-R) Jerome, Aisha, Davine and Bill (Front L-R) Lois and Harry and the newly refurbished clock faces - Credit: Archant

Wilshere-Dacre Junior Academy in Fishponds Road launched an appeal for funds in April last year to help restore the tower, as well as its three clock faces – installed for their 60th birthday in 1989 – after they stopped working.

The school’s fundraising project was so successful it raised more than £8,000 for the cause, with the sale of 2,000 ‘I Love Hitchin’ bags playing a big part.

Mum Faye Silver, part of the school’s PTA – Partners of Wilshere-Dacre Academy – came up with the idea of the bags.

Reflecting on the efforts of the school and group, known as POWA, Faye said: “We’re really excited about unveiling our newly-restored clock tower on Friday, July 15, from 6pm – which coincides with our International POWA Fest.

Wilshere-Dacre's new clock face from 1989 with then head David Guess.

Wilshere-Dacre's new clock face from 1989 with then head David Guess. - Credit: Archant

“All are welcome. There will be a bar, bouncy castles, a barbecue, stalls offering all types of food including caribbean. There will also be live music from Alex Francis among others.

“We look forward to seeing as many people as possible attend.”

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Head Sarah Smith added: “A huge thank you to Faye and POWA for their help in raising funds for the clock to be restored.

“It’s a tribute to the love people in the town have for Wilshere-Dacre they showed us such support.

The newly refurbished clock face for Wilshere-Dacre school

The newly refurbished clock face for Wilshere-Dacre school - Credit: Archant

“But we still have no idea why there were only three faces on the original tower. If anyone knows please get in touch!”

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