Organ & Lighting Appeal target hit

At Harvest Festival 2020, we launched an £80,000 Appeal for Organ and Lighting in St Luke’s. This month February 2022, we galloped over the threshold, thanks to a generous gift.  So, in less than 18 months, we can look back at the ways in which the Lord has graciously provided.

Thanks mainly to faithful people who have given directly, and to the Parish Council’s gift which established an early momentum, and also one or two businesses who have given, and an energetic one or two getting sponsored, plus the reclaimed tax (Gift Aid) of taxpayers who declared it, we have now closed the Organ & Lighting Appeal at over £85,000.

Organ Project – the generous gifts in the first few months allowed us to press on with replacement of our defunct organ. And since October 2021, we have enjoyed the new organ, which has provided a delightful tone and an instrument ideally suited to our church building. The opening concert by Ian Tracey was a memorable treat. Wendy and the team have enjoyed playing it. Visiting choirs are enthusiastic. The newly refurbished organ came in not far above its £57,000 budget and has been a palpable hit.

Lighting Project – unfortunately this is becalmed, waiting for official bodies to be satisfied.  We hope to get agreement and complete the work later this year but the project costs have been subject to the inflationary pressures of the last 6 months.  So, we will continue to welcome gifts to make up any shortfall as we look forward to a happy transformation of the lighting in church, for energy efficiency and an impressive visual effect in our lovely building. Gifts can be made securely online below through TotalGiving or through William Hall, our Treasurer.


Rob McLaren