When recently donating flags for the flagpole, we noticed how incredibly rusty the weathervane has become. Exposed constantly to the salt air, the iron frame-work is in danger of rusting beyond reasonable safety margins.
With urgent attention, and match funding support from Postcode Publications preventing its loss to our community, the weathervane will soon be shining again.
The Rector, Canon Tom Kennar, told us "We are immensely grateful to Postcode Publications PO9 Newspaper for their support and help in fund-raising for our tower repairs.
St Faith's Tower has stood in the heart of Havant for generations, telling local people the time and indicating the direction of the wind. With the help of your readers, we have the chance to make sure that legacy continues for many generations to come."
If you can help with the costs of restoring the St Faith's weathervane, please drop your donation into the Parish Office (2 North Street, Havant) at any time. Cheques should be made payable to 'The PCC of St Faith's Church' - and can be gift aided on request. For further details, do contact the Parish Office on 023 9249 2129 or email email@example.com
What’s on a Point?
Renovation of the weathervane atop the St Faith’s church tower in the center of Havant revealed the date of its creation as 1839 - according to Wikipedia, this was the year in which the first nationally recognised Grand National was run at Aintree, the first Royal Regatta was held on the River Thames, the world's first commercial electric telegraph line came into operation alongside the Great Western Railway line from London Paddington station to West Drayton, and the Treaty of London established Belgium as a kingdom; also, George Bradshaw published the first national railway timetable, Bradshaw's Railway Time Tables and Assistant to Railway Travelling.
What great historic times they were in a world so different from today, when our weathervane looked down on all the changes made to see Havant change from a small market town to the thriving urban town it is today.
The weathervane will be re-gilded and remounted to shine brightly over Havant, as a beacon to growing prosperity and hopefully a twenty-first century caring society.
The original crown once re-gilded will shine again atop the weathervane