Future Meetings 2002

9 February St Michael’s Church, Maidstone. This is home to a fine 3-manual Willis III organ. A talk about Dr Henneker and ‘Maidstone connections’ by Mr J. Clinch followed by a recital by the Garland family.

9 March Holy Trinity Church, Folkestone and United Reformed Church, Folkestone A talk on the history of the U.R. Church and hear the Peter Conacher organ. Recital and Choral Evensong at Holy Trinity.

13 April The Methodist Church, Chislehurst and St John’s Church, Sidcup. These Churches are situated only a mile or so from the A20 and have easy access and good parking. The Methodist organ is an interesting example of an 1880s Forster & Andrews instrument; original mechanical action throughout, enclosed Choir organ, a wealth of colourful accompanimental stops, with fine Victorian stenciling to the front pipes. St. John’s Parish Church is a vast mid Victorian Italianate style church, with a 1920s Willis III instrument. If the church could be described as mini cathedral, then this organ is a mini cathedral organ of its time... 6 reeds, high pressure Tuba/Trombone, but who can solve the mystery of the missing case pipes?

11 May Reading Town Hall, Eton College and St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.A coach outing for the discerning enthusiast which culminates with Evensong and a demonstration recital at St. George’s Chapel Windsor.

22 June Teynham Parish Church and St. Catherine’s Preston. The lovely cruciform church at Teynham village is a few miles from the A2. The organ, originally built by Hunter, contains several tonal alterations to brighten the sound and, standing in a commanding position on the west end gallery, has a tonal palette far greater than the specification would lead one to expect. St. Catherine’s Preston in Faversham, for many of us, will always be associated with our dear friend the late Fred Ash; a member of the association for many years. The pipe organ, regrettably, is no longer playable and has been superseded by an Allen electronic instrument.

27 July St Mary’s Church, Platt. AGM and an organ recital by Julian Collings. Many will remember Julian’s playing at Cambridge on our visit last year, and with the exciting addition of the 8ft and 4ft West gallery Trompette en Chamade this is a meeting not to be missed.

21 September Buffet supper and entertainment at Faversham. Always a jolly evening!

12 October Coach trip to Lille and Ypres. A facinating day in France and Belgium via the tunnel. (A booking form will be available in our August Journal)

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