Appeal launched to save church organ

St Peter's Church organ
St Peter's Church organ

It has been an essential part of St Peter’s Church in Woodhall Spa for more than 100 years.

Now, though, the church organ is in some urgent need of some tender love and care.

Parishioners have set about the task of raising more than £12,000 to pay for a complete overhaul of the organ.

And a series of fundraising events will start with a coffee morning on Saturday, May 23.

James Cardwell, a member of the fundraising committee, said: “In 1893, the good people of Woodhall Spa managed to raise the princely sum of £1,253 to build St.Peter’s and install an organ.

“Over the last 122 years, much care and attention has been lavished on both.

“To the credit of the original investors, the church still stands and the organ produces good music.

“However, for good music to continue to be heard, the organ needs our help.

“As many of us know, as you get older, bits start to fail and performance suffers.

“So it is with an organ which has had solid maintenance and regular servicing, but never a full overhaul.”

Mr Cardwell confirmed help could be at hand from a skilled craftsman who would carry out the restoration.

He added: “We, the current generation, will then be remembered as favourably as our forefathers for the next 100 years.

“The cost, unfortunately, has risen somewhat since 1893, and now we need £12,500.

“If you feel you can help in any way financially please let us know. Without this work, the music will die.”

The coffee morning will take place from 10am-12noon at 74 Horncastle Road.

The village’s recently appointed rector, the Reverend Richard Major, will be attending.

Further details about the appeal can be obtained from 10526 352631.