The Organ at All Saints’ is very important to the life and music of the Church, but it needs major repairs and upgrading. So we are fundraising for ‘The Great Organ Fix’ – a full programme of works to enable our organ to inspire us for years to come.
You can read more about The Organ Problem and plans for The Great Organ Fix further down this page.
Events are being organised throughout the year to raise funds and we would love to welcome you to them.
Ongoing - Bucket for your unwanted foreign currency
This events list will be updated periodically – please see our Facebook page or our church magazine ‘in touch’ for the latest details. And keep your eyes out for details of events over the coming months which will include:
Gig with the Pros and Cons - 23rd February
Coffee Morning - 9th March
Tea Dance - 23rd March
Concert - Will Warns Organist, with the All Saints' Chamber Orchestra - 6th April
Concert - Essex Police Choir - 8th June
How you can help
Fundraising for The Great Organ Fix has now reached a total of £49,170! Thank you so much to all the donors and organisers of events for this magnificent progress.
Personal donations play a big part in achieving our target. If you would like to donate to The Great Organ Fix, please click HERE for our leaflet. You could also ask your employer whether they have a company match funding scheme to boost your donation, or if they are willing to sponsor any of our events.
We will also be applying for grants to support The Great Organ Fix. If you are considering making a large donation please contact Barbara Garside (01245 258343, email@example.com) to see if this might help with our grant funding applications. Some funders will be more prepared to give a grant if they know that individuals are supporting The Great Organ Fix in a significant way.
Pipe Sponsorship / Adopt-a-Stop
We're excited to offer you the chance to take part in our Pipe Sponsorship / Adopt-a-Stop scheme. There is a range of options to suit all pockets, and you can donate as an individual, couple, family, group, business, or as you prefer. You will receive a certificate and your name/dedication will be entered in a book of sponsors. If you adopt the pipes needed for a whole new stop, your name/dedication will qualify to be included on an engraved plaque on the organ as a permanent record of your support. Find out more by downloading a Sponsorship Form.
The Organ Problem
The organ was built in 1959 by the firm N. P. Mander, using older pipework from a previous instrument. The organ is becoming unreliable and the day is fast approaching when the instrument will simply stop working. A major upgrade is required to allow the organ to continue to play its crucial role in the worshipping life of the church.
The Great Organ Fix
The work can be carried in stages depending upon the progress of our fundraising:
Phase 1 – Replacing old wiring and upgrading the console. This is essential to preserve a working instrument.
Phase 2 – Cleaning of current pipe-work, replacing some operating parts, and installing new pipework into vacant slides to complete the organ to its original design.
Phase 3 – Installing a new unit chest organ in the chancel to create a Choir Organ.
The total estimated cost of this work will be about £55,000. If you have any questions please contact William Warns, Director of Music, firstname.lastname@example.org.