Church of St James the Less, Sulgrave – Organ Restoration Fund


Sulgrave’s 14th Century parish church, dedicated to St James the Less, has a beautiful, late Victorian pipe organ, built by the renowned organ builder JJ Binns of Leeds in 1892 – now considered his best period.

Sadly, this magnificent instrument has been silent since 2006. A Committee has now been formed, dedicated to the restoration of the organ

The project is not only about restoring the organ: A scholarship scheme has been planned to enable enthusiasts to learn how to play this magnificent instrument; a fund will be set up to pay an organist for our regular church services, and to maintain the organ – thus ensuring that future generations will continue to enjoy organ music in our lovely church.

  • Stage one was to approach several reputable organ restorers to get an estimate of the cost of restoration work.
  • Stage two is currently in progress – the fund-raising! This is both for the restoration work itself and to secure its future. We cannot start any work until we are sure we have sufficient funds – and all donations will be extremely welcome!
  • Stage three will be when the restoration work commences and the organ is completely dismantled! It is estimated that from this time the work will take about 6 (exciting) weeks.
  • Stage four is once the organ is fully restored and on show in all its remarkable glory – to enhance our regular worship, to hold regular musical events in the church and to offer a teaching scholarship.

If you have any questions about this project, wish to discuss a donation or a fund-raising project, please email any member of the committee

Andrew Dixon 01295 768657  

Libbie Foster 01295 768343  

Joanna Smyth-Osbourne 01295 760261  

Terry Taylor 01295 768484  

Click here to keep in touch with the progress of the restoration project.


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