‘Emily,’ the pipe organ at St Mark’s Church, Upper Hale, needs your help! She is 103 and in desperate need of a complete overhaul. This work will cost £23,000 as she needs to be dismantled, the leatherworks replaced, the warped wooden parts machined and the 524 pipes cleaned, a handful of them replaced and then she will need to be tuned.
We are appealing to the community to help save this local treasure by sponsoring a pipe. Pipes can be sponsored anonymously or not, and if you sponsor a pipe you can dedicate it to a loved one. You will receive a certificate and the church will display all the names and notes that all the sponsors write on a ‘Sponsoring a Pipe’ manuscript. There will be a celebratory concert once ‘Emily’ has been restored to which all those who have sponsored a pipe will be invited.
The Reverend Lesley Crawley, a priest from St Mark’s said, “Emily is a beautiful Edwardian pipe organ that is just over 100 years old. She is referred to as ‘Emily’ after her benefactor – Emily Mangles. Sadly, she has been used very rarely over the past three years because after a century of service she is in need of a complete overhaul. Once she is restored then she will be available for community events such as concerts, and for children who are learning the organ will be able to practice on her once again.”
These are the recommended donations:
Choose your level Donation
16ft pipe £60
8ft pipe £30
4ft pipe £15
If you would like to donate please contact Lesley on firstname.lastname@example.org. So far we have raised £2500 towards our target.