Organ photo 2As promised a quick update on the progress of the organ restoration fund. Thanks to your generosity so far, we have now raised more than £2500 towards the work to refurbish and reinstate the Lewis organ, which was a gift to the Parish from the Duke of Norfolk in 1875. This is encouraging in the short time we have been fundraising. Many of these donations have been gift aided and we will be able to reclaim the tax on these, adding around a further £500 to the fund. Work is well underway and the organ builders will soon be on site to restore the organ to its original position on the sanctuary. The cost of the restoration work is £200,000 but we have been able to get a heritage lottery fund grant for 81% of these costs.

There is now a noticeboard at the back of church detailing interesting facts about the organ, there are some fascinating extracts from historical documents take a few minutes to look if you have time. There is also information about forthcoming fundraising events. These will only be a success with your support so please get involved if you can. We had the first of the table top sales this weekend, the next is planned for 1st July, come along to buy, sell or just meet up with friends over a cup of tea. Social evenings are also planned – the first in June – tickets will soon be available, see the display board and bulletins for further information.

Once again there will be an opportunity, as you leave, to make a donation to this work. Gift aid envelopes are available, if you are a UK tax payer this enhances the value of your donation to the fund by 25%. Thank you very much for your generosity so far, in such a short time we have made a very good start towards the £38,000 we need towards the cost of restoring the organ.