Church’s £28k fund-raising spectacular!

Organist Frank Lowe with the church's 127-year-old organ.
Organist Frank Lowe with the church's 127-year-old organ.
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Bosses at a church on the outskirts of St Helens have ordered a new church organ following a fantastic fund-raising effort.

Parishioners at Holy Trinity Parish Church in Ashton have taken just eight months to raise a staggering £28,000 to help replace the church’s dilapidated organ.

Although the final cost of the church’s new Phoenix electronic organ is set to be £31,150, installation is not planned until September - giving churchgoers four months to raise the final £3,000.

Organist Frank Lowe previously told how the church’s old pipe organ had seen little more than tuning and routine maintenance since 1886!

He said: “The current organ has given us many years of sterling service but it’s certainly seen better days. Quite understandably, after all those years there are now lots of parts which no longer work as they should.

“It’s a pity, but it has now reached the stage where, to keep it going, a very expensive restoration would be required - costing somewhere in the region of £120,000.”

Earlier this year, Holy Trinity Church’s fund-raising Evening of Brass and Song, which featured performances from the Trinity girls’ band and up-and-coming St Helens tenor Tom Loughlin, attracted more than 260 patrons.

Mr Lowe, 74, whose father Harry was the organist at the Rectory Road church for 60 years from 1933, added: “It was a brilliantly successful evening and the two star turns did us proud. It was a winning formula.

“People turned out in big numbers - which was great to see - and it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.”

Anyone who still wishes to donate towards the organ fund can make cheques payable to “Ashton Parish Church Organ Fund” and hand them in at the church, to Mr Lowe or to any member of the choir.