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Organ restoration

Church organ community project - renovation of the organ

Author: John Haward, April 2020

Just before the lock-down Malcolm Spink finished most of the work on the organ. Once restrictions are lifted, and travel is permitted, he will need 3 days to complete it.

Malcolm with is son Antony and grandson Tom have, with considerable skill, put it in first class condition. When the COVID-19 crisis is over a celebration concert will be held, and the second part of the project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund will take place.

Tom sitting at organ

Schools and other community organisations will be invited to send a group to hear how a pipe organ works. Jeremy Sampson, an expert on organs, will give demonstrations on a wooden model, and the side panels will be opened up to show the internal parts.

Most of the parts have been been taken back to their workshop in Leeds. I compiled a 'photoblog' as they worked to reassemble all the parts, available below.

Heritage Fund


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