I WAS looking at the notices in a local shop window recently, and was amused at the following notice relating to the church clock in this particular village: “We are grateful to Steve Lovejoy who winds our clock up by hand every week, but new health and safety rules mean that we will no longer be able to wind the clock by hand.

“Therefore several thousand pounds will be needed to install an electric mechanism.”

I would assume the church, along with its clock being wound by hand, has been in the village for centuries with no problems. But now health and safety has gone mad and possibly stopped the clock. It would be very interesting to hear what your many readers think about this madness.

KEITH BROOKS, Gateley, Horspath, Oxford