WALTHAM ABBEY: Organ appeal hits £100,000 mark

Rev Canon Martin Webster with his ageing organ

Rev Canon Martin Webster with his ageing organ

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AN appeal for a new church organ has stuck the right note with the public, raising just over £100,000 in six months.

The appeal to replace the organ at the Abbey Church, in Waltham Abbey, was launched in 2007, and is now halfway to its golden target of £250,000.

The current organ is looking a bit worn out after serving the community for over 150 years.

In the current trend of recycling, the organ appeal decided to restore a newer second hand organ from another church which will cost £250,000.

Once the halfway mark is reached the appeal will be able to apply for grants from a special heritage fund.

Chairman of the Appeal, Rob Hannan said: “We have been stunned by the response of the local community. Voluntary organizations, schools, church members and many others have all shown their support by contributing towards this total.”

The appeal’s patron, comedienne Jo Brand said, “It is good to hear of a church which has the determination to preserve and renovate a pipe organ and to keep this musical tradition going, alongside the other work it does in the community. Getting young people involved in music is really important and I was pleased to see the appeal reaching out to local schools.”

Donations can be sent to The Parish Office, Abbey Church Centre, Abbey Gardens, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1XQ.

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