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Heritage Lottery Fund will not help repair Windsor church organ

Heritage Lottery Fund will not help repair Windsor church organ

Francis Batt

Heritage Lottery Fund will not help repair Windsor church organ
Windsor Parish Church

The refusal by the Heritage Lottery Fund to pay for vital restoration to Windsor Parish Church's historic organ has not deterred its supporters.

The bill is likely to hit £250,000 and a committee led by the church's director of music John Halsey worked hard to win a grant.

But although the lottery fund's administrators accepted the Hunter organ, which dates from 1906, badly needed work, they decided other needy projects should take priority.

Father of three Mr Halsey, 55, of Ashford Lane, Dorney, is also head of music at Langley Hall Primary Academy in Station Road, Langley.

He has learned to work round the growing problems affecting the parish church's organ in Windsor. He said: "On really hot or really cold days some of the notes don't work any more although on a good day most of it does work.

"There are usually ways of working round it. But I would not invite a high profile organist down to play it."

Now its supporters have decided against a fundraising campaign relying on small donations that might not see a result for years and are going for a bold approach.

Mr Halsey said: "We are looking for individuals or organisations that can make £4,000 donations that can lay an immediate solid foundation that can be built on quickly and effectively."

Supporters believe if they can do that, the Heritage Lottery Fund could be approached again.

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