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Holy Family Students Visit Organ Workshop

On a wintry day in January Mrs Crossthwaite and six students from Holy Family School, accompanied by Chris Redding from Holy Family Church, took a trip to visit John Clough’s organ workshop in Tong.

Snow covered the ground and large lumps of snow fell from the mini-bus roof as it passed though beautiful countryside and over speed bumps on Tong Lane.

The restoration of the historic pipe organ from Holy Family Church was well under way at the workshop and the students learned about the organ and the restoration process. John Clough has sixty years experience with organ building and is aiming to have the organ re-installed by Easter this year (2013)


Looking at the new air blower and sound proof box

Looking at the new air blower and sound proof box with restored pedals in the foreground.


The restored console using reclaimed ivory

The restored console using reclaimed ivory. 
Reclaimed ivory keys comes from old organs that have been dismantled.


Restored rollers for the pedal organ.

Restored rollers for the pedal organ.


Demonstrating a pipe working using a model bellows.

Demonstrating a pipe working using a model bellows.

Looking at leather used in the restoration

A lot of leather is used in the restoration. Leather from cattle for the pallet seals and white flexible sheepskin leather for the for the bellows. 
It should last 70 years or more on the bellows, if mice do not get hold of it.

Restoration of the pallets

Restoration of the pallets.
These are the air valves operated by the keys or pedals.

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Our Organ Renovation


Origin and Development

Organ History

Press Release 16th October 2012 doc

YEP Article November 2012

Organ Survey pdf

Organ Builders Quotation pdf

Organ before removal
(sights and sounds)


Removal on 5th and 6th November 2012

Visit to the workshop on 23rd January 2013