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Project information

Restoration of Brindley & Foster Organ

To restore and rebuild the church organ. This will include modernisation and enhancement of the existing organ. The church has a rich liturgical tradition with a four part choir consisting of 16 people so maintaining a pipe organ is essential for regular worship and recitals.

August 2018 - June 2019

Charity information: St Marys PCC Eccleston

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  • Need


    Due to the age of the organ it is beginning to fail with increased frequency. We wish to preserve the pipe organ as a traditional musical instrument in church but also recognise that the organ we currently have will probably become unplayable and beyond economic repair in a decade unless major work is undertaken within the next few years.

    Additionally we see the opportunity presented by a major rebuild and restoration to arrange the organ so it meets the needs of modern worship and liturgy


    We will:
    -re-leather all pneumatic moving parts
    -strip off and re-leather the two reservoirs
    -tidy up and support sagging pneumatic tubing
    -repair the ends of the slider on the Great and Swell soundboards
    -re-leather the pedal chest
    -overhaul the stop action and the Swell pedal action and the composition pedal actions
    -overhaul the Swell shutters
    - restore the console, including the manual and pedal keys
    -replace the tuning slides and cork stoppers, leathered lips and repair tuning tongues

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To keep a traditional pipe organ in the church rather than replacing with an electronic organ


    » Keep the organ in working order by a strict maintenance and tuning regime until sufficient funds are raised for a full rebuild and restoration
    » By maintaining the choral tradition of the choir we believe the project to restore the organ is more likely to attract support as this become rarer
    » The proposal for restoration and rebuilding to modern standards is the best option to ensure the future of the current organ in its original location

    What success will look like

    Simply the current pipe organ will remain the the building it was built for and originally voiced in. We will not be forced to replace it with an electronic organ

    Aim 2

    Due to the age of the organ it requires significant work to ensure it is functional for the future


    » The list of physical words shown in the 'Needs' section identifies mechanical, pneumatic and electrical items which are will need to be replaced soon
    » A full assessment has been carried out by a well known professional Organ Adviser who has made recommendation of the necessary works to be done
    » We will undertake a thorough and extensive rebuilding programme which has not been done since the organ was built

    What success will look like

    The report by our Organ Adviser has very specific technical recommendations which if implemented in full will ensure the longevity of the organ as failing parts are replaced

    Aim 3

    he organ sounds 'dull' and is a child of its time. we therefore will restore to modern standards


    » We will leave the Great as it is replacing the 8ft Diapason, Flute and Dilciana and add a new Great Diapason chorus
    » The Pedal Bourdon and treble Pedal Open will be moved to the floor. A new modern regulars system would replace the reservoirs and the blower moved
    » A new mobile console can be provided at low level so it can be used for better choir accompaniment and concert use from the nave of the church

    What success will look like

    Again the Organ Adviser has made technical changes to improve the sound of the organ. Additionally his views are being checked against local Advisers and Organ Builders for views

  • Impact


    Following rebuilding and restoration, the Organ will be near 'new' condition and will ensure the future of the organ in the current location for at least another century. This is demonstrated by the success of similar projects on historic organs.

    Less maintenance issues will be demonstrated by lower repair and service costs (time and materials)

    The sound of the organ will ensure the music is compatible with modern Anglican liturgy i.e. eucharistic worship rather than congregational singing


    The major risk to the project is not being able to raise sufficient funds within the near future. This would mean that the scope of the project would have to be reduced, with the effect of reducing the potential benefits.

    Alternatively, given a longer time period to raise funds the cost of the project will increase as suppliers prices are reviewed. It is also possible that the current system will fail or require immediate repairs which will drain funds ring fenced for the main scheme.


    Donors will receive regular updates via the parish website and email news letters on the progress of the fund raising and installation. It is anticipated that the newsletters will be published every 6 to 8 weeks.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £150,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £115,000 Build Rebuilding and restoration
      £20,000 Console Upgrading Console to three manuals and making mobile
      £15,000 Removal Removal and reinstatement of organ
  • Background


    St Mary the Virgin is the Parish Church of Eccleston, a village of about 6,000 within the Borough of Chorley. It is a Grade II* listed building dating back to the 14th century. A major renovation was carried out in the last 15 years Today the village is a commuter base ideally placed to serve local towns and cities of Chorley, Leyland, Southport, Preston and further to Bolton, Manchester and Liverpool. There are railway links in the next villages of Croston, Buckshaw and Euxton.


    We aim to promote village life and community cohesion. The village is designated a centre for growth by the Borough Council and this is currently leading to an increase in housing and an upgrade of shops and facilities. Eccleston is considered a good place to live and this is reflected in the cost of housing. A percentage of low cost housing is essential in any new development. Although we do not see the deprivation of many inner city parishes, personal finance is still a concern.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The PCC of St Mary the Virgin is the legal entity with responsibility for mission development and maintenance of the church fabric. We work with other agencies and bodies with an interest in maintaining and developing the building but have the ultimate responsibility and legal obligations for doing so. We know the building as we use it most days of the week and understand the limitations and opportunities presented by a 900 year old church. We also have direct access to church legal processes

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Revd Andrew Brown

    Fr Andrew has been Priest in Charge for four years. He is keen to position the church at the centre of community and spiritual revival.

    Phil Parkinson FCTL, ARCO

    Phil has been Director of Music at St Marys for two years. In this time he has developed the repertoire of the choir.

    Brynley Dixon

    Brynley is one the churchwardens who has trustee responsibility for delivery of this project. He is a retired senior school teacher.

    Gillian Jamieson

    Gillian is also a churchwarden who retired from a career in the NHS. She spends much of her time working for the community

In addition to the development of the organ, the restorative elements would be pipes / soundboards only, as the actions, console and reservoirs will all be replaced.

Paul Hale, Accredited Member of the Association of Independent Organ Advisers