Some older readers may remember Cyril Ashwood, once organist at St George’s Clun. Cyril on his retirement from teaching at Bishops Castle bought a very fine, Italian-made digital organ. On Cyril’s untimely death in 1995 the organ passed to Andrew Buckley of Clunton  (some readers may remember his father who was once vicar of Clun). Three years ago, Andrew did a swap of this organ with a slightly smaller version owned by Lawrence Firth, formerly organist in Gloucestershire and Leintwardine when also resident in Clun in the 1990s.  Lawrence now lives in Newtown. Unfortunately, in their enthusiasm these gentlemen oLawrence playing his own organmitted to measure the dimensions of the doors of their respective houses. Dismantling Andrew’s porch enabled the organ eventually to leave Clunton, but Lawrence’s front door defied all attempts to get it in, and so it lodged in his garage. Lawrence cast around for a suitable church to donate the organ to, and Andrew recalled that Chapel Lawn’s old harmonium, which he fondly remembers playing for Sunday afternoon evensong in the early 1980s, had reached the end of its useful life. So it was that the organ was offered to St Mary’s, Chapel Lawn.

Di Cosgrove arranged for a few people to drive to Newtown to try the organ out. They reported back that it was amazing, and far better than the smaller one that had been hurriedly installed for Di and Patrick’s wedding ten years ago because the mice had put paid to the old harmonium. The Parochial Church Council met and agreed that they should accept Lawrence’s generous offer and the Viscount should be brought across. But there was one very significant problem. It is not just heavy. It is extremely heavy! Our handy farmers: from left to right, Steven, Robert, Lawrence, Tony, James, Patrick

Problem solved in the shape of four strong farmers and a stock trailer. On 27th September, a fabulously sunny day, a party consisting of James Middleton, Steven Wilding, Tony Oakley, Robert Price, and Patrick and Di Cosgrove drove to Newtown to collect the Viscount. Lawrence was delighted to meet everyone and played his other organ to them in his front room before the hard work began. With a lot of heaving, pushing and shoving, it just fitted in the trailer. Getting it out at the other end and into the church was equally tricky, but they managed it. The same evening, Andrew Buckley drove across to show Patrick how to set it up.

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Saturday 11th November  Joncan Kavlakoglu Fusion Guitarist plus Jack Brett and Guests

Last night was a sell out and a huge success. We have had so much positive feedback about every aspect of the evening, it is very heartening. People love our venue and they were stunned by the talent of the musicians last night. It’s great that we are able to put on events like that that are really appreciated.

A big thank you to those who helped. As well as putting on a great evening for the community we have also managed to make £190 for the Village Hall Fun