Whitburn Parish Church is a thriving religious and social community which draws its loyal congregation both from the village and surrounding areas of South Tyneside. The historic building is situated in leafy Church Lane, part of Bede's Way and a favourite strolling venue leading to Cornthwaite Park and soon thereafter, the beach. The chiming Church clock, regularly kept accurate by the meticulous attention of the Churchwardens and professional servicing, is a much loved community landmark and asset.
Following a recent inspection by the Cumbria Clock Company, it was found that vital mechanical parts needed replacing. This involves dismantling the workings and their transport to Cumbria for specialist attention. The estimated cost of this restoration is approximately £2,000. The Cumbria Clock Company is one of very few specialists remaining in this field and it also maintains the Town Hall Clock in South Shields.
In line with Coronavirus restrictions imposed during 2020, again currently in force, the Church has suffered severe reduction in regular income. The day-to-day running costs and time-to-time expenses e.g. for clock maintenance have always been covered by income from the Church congregation, which can no longer be sustained under the present circumstances.
Since the clock has been stationary at 12, many people have expressed concern on social media. We would like to see it restored to accuracy and hear its traditional chimes again as soon as possible, thus we would very much appreciate any donations to achieve this goal.