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Church in £40,000 appeal to restore historic organ
1:32pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
A CHURCH has launched a £40,000 appeal to refurbish its historic 150-year-old organ.
The organ at St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Upton, was built in 1852 by Malvern organ maker Nicholson and Co.
But church officials say it is now in serious need of restoration, and the cost of the project is more than £40,000.
It is hoped that about half of this can be raised through fund-raising and donations, with the remainder from grant applications.
The choir has raised about £3,000 but churchwarden Adrian Taylor said reaching the total will not happen overnight.
“It will not be an easy task and it will take time, but we are going to try to do our best,” he said.
The organ was last refurbished in the 1950s and Mr Taylor said it now requires work to restore it and bring it up to modern standards.
“It is a community asset in a building which is increasingly used for concerts and, for example, is a main venue for the annual jazz and folk festivals,” he said.
“The organ has very important social and historical links to the parish and people of Upton and it is not surprising that after so many years of constant use it needs a major refurbishment.
“The church is an essential part of the life and social fabric of the community and the organ is no less significant and we hope that people will respond to the proposals with their support and encouragement – the church belongs to the people of Upton and so does the organ.”
A special event to launch the appeal and let people in Upton know more about the project is taking place at the church in Old Street at 7.30pm tonight (Friday).
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