Trevor clocks out after 30 years

Trevor Scarfe, from Bildeston, is calling time on his job as clockwinder after 30 years in the role.
Trevor Scarfe, from Bildeston, is calling time on his job as clockwinder after 30 years in the role.
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Bildeston pensioner Trevor Scarfe is calling time after 30 years keeping the village clock ticking.

Clockwinder Trevor has climbed two ladders and scrambled through two trapdoors to reach and wind the clock once a week since 1983.

His late father William had been doing the job for many years before that.

Rather than buying a modern electronic winding mechanism, Bildeston Parish Council has kept the job alive and recruited a replacement, Timm Joy.

Trevor said in all the years he has been clockwinder the timepiece never stopped.

“Sometimes when it’s cold in the winter, it goes a bit slow, but I just put it foward a bit when I’m up there.

“When Dad was the clockwinder, I was his right hand man. I did it on holidays.

“But I took over full time 20 years ago.

“There’s two ladders, one of them is inside the tower.

“I often used to think about whether it was rotten or not.

“But I enjoyed doing it - it’s doing something for the community.”