Barry’s All Saints Church has launched an appeal to help them save their historic Pipe Organ, which is, according to them, the last one in the town.
The church need to raise £120,000 to restore the organ. The hefty fee is due to the skills and experience needed to restore the instrument fully to avoid continual, costly repair work, or, worse, terminal failure. Pipe organs require major refurbishment every 25-30 years to ensure they’re working to their full potential and are preserved for the future.
The Parochial Church Council has launched a multifaceted action plan to try and raise the money necessary to save the instrument. This includes applying for grant funding, a programme of fundraising events, a pipe sponsorship scheme and are, additionally, appealing for donations from the public to help fund it.
The organ, an Evans and Barr of Belfast instrument, was originally installed on the 24th April 1915 for £750, funded partially by the Carnegie Trust contributed a grant for half and the other half was raised through fundraising activities organised by Lady Beatrice Stewart.
You can find out more about the All Saints Organ Appeal on their website, here.