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Started by Barrie Davis, December 10, 2011, 07:36:08 PM

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Barrie Davis


This is a 3 manual Father Willis, rebuilt over the years by W.J.Bird and electrified and moved to a west gallery with a detached console in the 60's by L J Snell. The spec on NPOR is not up to date, I will try to research my records. The organ is now silent and has been for several years being replaced by a Toaster. The reason being the console was riddled with woodworm and went to the bonfire complete with Willis keys and drawstops. The 16 Gamba on the Great was the best example I have heard, the flutes all differed and the Tromba was "hair raising". I worry for the future of this organ, I have been told ranks are missing but thats hearsay. The casework is impressive, it always gleamed in the sunlight. If only something could be done.

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 :'(  And it is likely not the last organ to succumb to woodworm...

QuoteSouth Hetton's sad farewell to church organ
A CHURCH congregation in a former pit village will pay a poignant farewell to their pipe organ next week before it is taken apart and scrapped.

Residents were devastated to learn that after 75 years unfaltering and faithful service the instrument's woodwork had become riddled with woodworm.

Eva Richardson, president of the Independent Methodist Church in South Hetton, east Durham, said: "It is really sad.

"It still plays beautifully. You wouldn't think there was anything wrong with it.

"It's just we have no choice. It will be too expensive to repair."

Miss Richardson said the church acquired the organ from The Odeon Cinema, in Newcastle, for nothing.

But the community had to pay to dismantle it, transport it and reassemble it, which came to a "tremendous amount of money in those days".

Miss Richardson said: "I was eight years old at the time.

"I came with my parents and remember the church was very packed for the official launch, because I had to sit on my grandfather's knee.

"I remember being bored stiff it because it seemed to be a long organ recital."

Bob Cleghorn was organist for 11 years, before Elizabeth Boad took over and played it for 64 years, including the Sunday before she died, aged 85, six years ago.

Miss Richardson said: "It was her baby really. She never liked anyone else on it. It was her pride and joy.

"Her nephew, Martyn Banks, plays it now."

Miss Richardson said the church learned of the woodworm problem in October.

She said: "Over the years it has done sterling service. Not just for Sunday services, but organ recitals, cantatas and weddings, funerals and christenings."

Miss Richardson, 83, marks 50 years of her presidency on Wednesday, January 4.

The Farewell Service of Song will be held at 6pm on Thursday, January 5. The organist will be Andrew Grey, from Easington Lane, while the four soloists will be Ann Pringle, Bill Pringle, Martyn Banks and Sue Atkinson.
The objective is to reach human immortality—that is, to create things which are necessary to mankind, necessary to the purpose of the existence of mankind, and which have become the fruit that drives the creation of a higher state of mankind than ever existed before."