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St John the Baptist Kingston Lisle - Restoration Update No.21

on Mon, 12/02/2018 - 7:15pm

News from St John the Baptist Kingston Lisle

Dear Kingston Lisle Church Supporter

Please find attached our 21st restoration update, as we make tangible progress towards the installation of our new pipe organ - the final stage of our £430,000 restoration of the 12th Century church of St John the Baptist Kingston Lisle. After four years of back and forth with the diocesan organ advisor and various organ builders, the PCC last week commissioned final designs which are due any day. We aim to present these to the church authorities in March and to install the organ in the summer. The instrument is a Walker organ taken from a church in London, and it is being fully overhauled, modernised and recased to fit sympathetically into the small space (and budget) available. We have less than £7,000 to raise towards the £28,000 cost, and once our faculty is in place we’ll apply for specialist grant funding to help close this gap.

Please also see a link to the Taylor Review into sustaining England’s 16,000 churches and cathedrals, published after our last update in December. We were honoured to be asked to present our project to the committee responsible for this review, which included senior figures from the Church of England, the Department of Culture, the National Lottery and the National Trust, chaired by Sir Bernard Taylor.

With many thanks again for your support
Arthur & Angus
Churchwardens