Any guesses as to what this object is? Our artist Ann has captured its complexity and its shiny industrial beauty. It looks rather like a musical instrument but it isn’t, although it used to make quite a noise. In fact it is the actual old steam-driven factory hooter (or blower) from the Adelphi Mill in Bollington, which used to call the cotton workers to start their labours in the morning and get off home in the evening.
It has been acquired for St Oswald’s Church for use instead of the present Church bell. The plan is that the hooter will sound an hour before the time of our Sunday service to wake people up and allow them time for a quick breakfast. It will blow for a full 10 minutes before the actual start of worship at 10.30am. It is believed that the sound of the hooter will reach as far as the top end of Bollington and even Pott Shrigley and Prestbury with the wind in the right direction. Around the Bollington Cross area, it will be quite deafening but the Church Council is of the opinion that it will be welcomed as “a voice from the past reminding people of Bollington’s industrial heritage as well as being a joyful noise and a call to worship” and as the Bible reminds us “to wake up as the night is far spent”. It will be given a trial run (maybe) on the first of April.