Village Advent Celebrations 2018. December 12th. The Old Forge House, Church Street.

December 12th, 2018

No 12. Already half way to Christmas Eve! The weather remains kind although the temperature is only slightly above freezing. The unveiling party is therefore a very happy but rather brief affair!

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Village Advent Celebrations 2018. December 11th. 13 Towrise.

December 11th, 2018

Castle Green portrayed in a window, including the hill with a sheep on it, the tree, the sign and one of the seats! Detailed photographs of these features on the next page.

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Village Advent Celebrations 2018. December 10th. Bengairn, Manor Road.

December 11th, 2018

Once more the “Twelve Days of Christmas provides the inspiration!

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Village Advent Celebrations 2018. December 9th. Bentley’s Farm Bungalow, Helmdon Road.

December 9th, 2018

Champagne anyone? Once more fine weather prevailed. The press of villagers in the driveway was so great that small children were hoisted onto parents’ shoulders as will be seen from the photographs!

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Church of St James the Less, Sulgrave. Organ Restoration Final Report.

December 9th, 2018

The final report on the organ project was completed many months ago and its publication on this website is long overdue. The fault is entirely mine.

Colin Wootton

ORGAN RESTORATION PROJECT – ST. JAMES THE LESS, SULGRAVE

A total restoration of our lovely organ in St James the Less Church was completed in December 2017 after extensive fundraising. The organ had lain silent and neglected for ten years.

This two manual pipe organ was built in 1892 by the famous Yorkshire organ builder, James Jephson Binns. It is now one of very few remaining pneumatic action organs in exceptional condition.

The organ was completely dismantled – leaving a ‘black hole’. Each of its 598 pipes was cleaned and re-tuned, springs, leather motors, pull wires valves and guide pins were replaced with new, the bellows were re-leathered, pallets were re-felted – the list is endless and quite technical!

The work was carried out, almost entirely in the church, by Peter Spencer, Organ Builder from Bubbenhall, Warwickshire over a period of just over two intensive months and these photographs tell just some of the story of the remarkable and detailed restoration.

The renowned organist, Ian Tracey, Organist at Liverpool Cathedral, performed at our inaugural concert in October 2017, and he stated that one of the reasons he accepted our request to play was because of the rather special organ that we have.

Since then we have received visits from various Societies of Organists, all the players being very impressed by the tone it produces.

We have also initiated our Scholarship scheme. We have tutored our first pupil and are currently in the process of selecting further student(s).

We are happy to receive requests for people to visit and to play this lovely instrument.

For further information contact:

Andrew Dixon

Libbie Foster

Joanna Smyth-Osbourne

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Village Advent Celebrations 2018. December 8th. Hill Farm House, Manor Road.

December 8th, 2018

Now exactly one week since the first event, the unveiling of the transformed bus shelter. This remains brightly lit thanks to a dedicated team of volunteers who take it in turns to collect the lamp and replace it after charging the battery. Now on to this year’s topical window!

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Village Advent Celebrations 2018. December 7th. No 6, Towrise

December 8th, 2018

After another day of rain, once more the evening is miraculously clear. Seventeen to go. Can it last?

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Village Advent Celebrations 2018. December 6th. Queen’s House, School Street.

December 6th, 2018

Another fine evening after rain. Yet more mulled wine and mince pies. Enthusiasm is undiminished. Six down and eighteen to go!

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Village Advent Celebrations 2018. December 5th. The Old Bakehouse, Manor Road

December 5th, 2018

After a day of relentless rain, once again the atmosphere magically cleared just in time for the party and unveiling!

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Village Advent Celebrations 2018. December 4th. The Star Inn.

December 4th, 2018

After an overnight frost, the weather has turned much colder with a brilliant crescent moon and morning star at dawn. However, a warm welcome awaits in the earthly Star with mulled wine and refreshments before going outside to unveil the window.

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