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Ornament set for hall tower

By Beth Perry 1st February 2017

Ornament set for hall tower
Tim Fuge and Mayor Paul Wills with the new finial.

A NEW finial on the town hall will pay tribute to the history and traditions of St Columb Major when it is installed this month.

The bell tower has been without a roof ornament since contractors carrying out maintenance work on the bell tower discovered the wooden finial had disintegrated so badly due to weathering that it was irreparable.

The Heritage Section insisted the finial was replaced and so the members of St Columb Major Town Council began designing a replacement.

Wanting a unique finial, which also represented St Columb Major, councillors decided to use a silver hurling ball with the town’s motto band around it.

The design of the ball also allowed it to open up and council extended the invitation to St Columb Major Academy to use the inside space as a time capsule.

Tim Fuge, who undertook the leadwork on the bell tower, designed and made the ball and the children in St Columb Major began collecting items to put in the time capsule.

Carl Tonkin of A1 and Cllr Matthew Jenkin both offered their services for free to operate a cherry picker and it is hoped the final product will be installed on the bell tower on Shrove Tuesday, the same day as the first hurl of the year.

Mayor of St Columb Major, Paul Wills, said: “The town council has worked very closely with Cornwall Council’s Heritage Team to ensure the design and process of putting the new finial in are in line with the area.

“The hurling ball design is looking brilliant.

“We were very happy to get the local children involved as the finial will be there for some time and it is great knowing they have made a bit of St Columb Major history that future generations will get to discover.

By Beth Perry 1st February 2017

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