Chapel Organ
Faversham Almshouses

News from Vicky Shepherd

This little gem, an early original by Father Willis, is to be renovated and the missing second manual pipes added, hopefully, in August 2002.

Martin Renshaw is going to take it out of its side chapel and rebuild it in the altar area so the Trustees can clean that side chapel. Then the renovated organ can be put back. I am honoured to serve as a Trustee so if anyone would like to see it anytime or during renovation please get in touch with me so I can get permission for you. During the first three Saturdays in July, the Almshouses Chapel opens as part of The Faversham Society’s Open House scheme, from 10.30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and I try and play the organ for part of the time. The other churches, which are open, try to have their organs played too. (I only organise the playing of Ospringe and The Almshouses Chapel!) If anyone would like to play our little gem during “The Open House” please e-mail me on telephone 01795 538906.

The organ is one-manual, with all Father Willis stops and a clatter which Martin promises me he will work on during the renovation. The clatter does not deter me from playing as the sound is lovely! I also organise The Town Walks for The Faversham Society if any group wants an historic walk in Faversham, “Market Town of Kings” or “our gem of a town”.

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