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Church in Darwen targets £140,000 for organ repairs
A DARWEN church needs to raise at least £140,000 for essential repairs to its organ.
The organ at St Peter’s Church in Bank Street is in need of work, but other maintenance at the church has had to take precedence.
So far, £15,000 has been raised towards the repairs, with the church launching a hymn request initiative where parishioners can give a donation in return for their favourite hymn being sung in services.
Organist Phil Johnson said the work required on the instrument was extensive.
He said: “It needs a complete rebuild. They will need to take everything apart piece by piece then put it all back together.
“The cheapest quote we have had has been £140,000, with the most expensive being £270,000.
“We are looking at grant funding and maybe doing a bid for lottery cash.”
Mr Johnson, 30, who has played the church’s organ for seven years, said organs were on the decline.
He said: “With it being such an expensive thing to rebuild, there are fewer and fewer organs and fewer and fewer organists.
“For that reason, it is important we maintain it and get it back to how it should be. Our organ is a great instrument when it is in good condition, but at the minute it is very poor.
“It is like driving a car and a couple of the gears don’t work properly.”
Mr Johnson said it had been on the list of jobs needing to be done for a long time.
He said: “We have had a lot of jobs to do with the church’s infrastructure which needed to be done before the organ could be repaired.
“Now we are hoping people will help us with the cost. Every little helps.”
Vicar the Rev Canon Fleur Green said: “Music really enhances our worship and the organ really enhances our music. And it isn’t just the church services that benefit as the organ is often used in community events.”
Anyone wishing to make a donation towards the organ repairs can call the church on 01254 703929.
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