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GAVIN WILLIAMSON MP UNVEILS REFURBISHED KINVER EDGE TOPOSCOPE


By Ian Maddock - Posted on 22 May 2014

Past Presidents John Brown & Mike Deathridge with President Nick Geoghegan watch Gavin Williamson MP unveil the toposcope
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The refurbished Toposcope on Kinver Edge was variously described as “a work of art”, having “massive ‘wow’ factor” and “stunning” within minutes of its unveiling on Saturday by Gavin Williamson, Member of Parliament for South Staffs.

One of the UK’s leading stonemasons, Perfitt of Norfolk, had been commissioned by the Rotary Club of Kinver to make an exact replica of the information plate for the Toposcope after it had been made almost illegible through weathering since its creation in 1990.

The stonemasons arranged the shipping to the UK of a massive piece if Indian granite weighing almost half a ton which they used to produce the 4ft diameter information tablet which was three inches thick at its central point, dropping to two inches at the perimeter.

They exactly copied the original design of the late John Greaves Smith, adding around the circumference the names of the organisations that had joined Kinver Rotary Club in the project: the Wrigley Memorial Charity, the Anthony and Gwendoline Trust, Staffs County Council Communities Fund and Kinver Country Fayre.

As he unveiled the new top with Rotarian Nick Geoghegan, President of Kinver Rotary Club, Mr Williamson spoke of the beauty of the countryside around Kinver and felt that knowledge of the landmarks within the vista enhanced the overall enjoyment.

He complimented the Rotary Club on its efforts to renew the damaged top and praised those who had supported the project financially.

Speaking at a reception following the unveiling, Sue Wright, a descendant of the family who gave Kinver Edge to the Nation through the National Trust in 1917 spoke of her joy at seeing such great interest in Kinver Edge itself and added “I know there has only been a toposcope there since 1990 but it seems as though Kinver Edge has never been without it.  It has become an essential element of a visit to Kinver Edge and I know vast numbers of visitors will benefit from the Rotary club’s efforts for many years to come.”

Mike Deathridge

 

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