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£3,150
raised of £80,000 target by 48 supporters

    Weʼve raised £3,150 to To raise funds for the restoration of the grade II listed 149year old Nicholson organ in St Paul’s Irton in Cumbria.

    St Paul’s Irton in Cumbria
    Funded on Wednesday, 30th August 2023

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    Rather than doing piece meal repairs to the organ which is not a good use of funds; a full and sympathetic restoration will ensure the future of the organ for many generations to come, both as an accompaniment to services and also as a teaching and recital instrument. In order to begin the fundraising decided to cycle to all the St Paul’s churches in England and play on the organ if possible. I started in Chacewater near Truro in May 2022 and then traversed the country back and forth including a visit to the Isle of Wight. I completed the ride covering over 3,800 miles, visiting 253 churches and playing on 6 organs On 4th July 2022.

    Since then I have given talks to interested parties and with fellow fundraisers are planning further events to not only raise the necessary funds, but also as a start to making St Paul’s a venue for a variety of community activities. The organ will enhance this opportunity.

    Interested in playing the organ or trying it out. Come along Or get in touch.

    johncorran@hotmail.co.uk

    To date - January 2023, just over £33,000 has be pledged through donations and grants. Look out for upcoming events and chances to sponsor a pipe.

    Thanks for all donations and words of support.

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    • John Corran1 year ago
      John Corran

      John Corran

      1 year ago

      December 2022. Have now raised, including grants awarded by Church Care, The John Pilling Trust and The Garfield Weston Trust, all your donations and people who have given at the Gosforth Show and a Craft Fair at Santon Bridge, over £30,000. Thanks to all. Recent fundraiser with the fabulous Rooster Band, has raised a further £600. An event is already planned for February 2023 at St Paul’s. Hope to see as many there as possible. A winter warmer with a mix of music on offer along with mulled wine.

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    • John Corran2 years ago
      John Corran

      John Corran

      2 years ago

      Finally arrived back at Irton St Paul’s 253 churches and over 3800 miles later. Only seems like yesterday that I set out on a wet day from Chacewater near Truro. I have met some amazing people and ridden through some jewels of the English countryside. Thanks for all your supportive comments and donations. If you haven’t sponsored me already and like to do so, the Just Giving site is still active.

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    • John Corran2 years ago
      John Corran

      John Corran

      2 years ago

      Now just two days and six St Paul’s to go. Have now covered over 3700 miles and met some amazing people and also seen how varied and wonderful our countryside is especially from a slow moving bike! I’ve visited 247 churches and been fortunate to play the organ in six of them. So far through your generosity I’ve raised over £3000 . THANKS.

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    Page last updated on: 8/29/2023 06.50

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    48

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Aug 29, 2023

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jul 18, 2023

      Brill effort. Well done.

      £30.00

    • Myles Walker

      Myles Walker

      Jan 29, 2023

      £1,000.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jan 26, 2023

      Great work.

      £20.00

    • Philip Humphries

      Philip Humphries

      Jan 26, 2023

      I’d like to get the Egremont Town Band to come and play a concert in the church to fund raise for the organ. What do you think? These instruments need TLC.

      £10.00

    • Janet Gaughy

      Janet Gaughy

      Jan 23, 2023

      Good luck with the fund raising. I hope to visit one day and hear it played after its refurb.

      £10.00

    • Ian Morris

      Ian Morris

      Jan 23, 2023

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    John Corran

    John Corran

    St Paul’s Irton in Cumbria

    Born in Birkenhead. Had the opportunity to play a three manual Willis as a teenage choirboy. A chance to play the Nicholson organ came in retirement. Hearing that a restoration was looked into I offered to take on the mantle of fundraising to preserve this marvellous instrument.

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