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1.    Will my donation be used for anything else?
Your donation will be placed into a restricted fund by our Treasurer, meaning that it can only be used for this restoration programme and cannot be used for any other purpose without your express written permission.

2.    What happens to my money if the sum required is not raised by the target time?
Your donation will be held on deposit in the restricted fund until we have sufficient funds to carry out the restoration, which we know we have to do at some time.

3.    What happens if you receive more in donations than is needed for the restoration?
We will write to all donors asking if the excess donations may be used for other organ-related expenditure such as tuning, routine maintenance, repairs, improvements to the organ loft and organists’ fees.

4.    What happens if the amount needed increases as a result of further faults discovered during the restoration work?
We will obtain a fixed quotation for the complete restoration of the organ so this is unlikely to arise; however, we would have to search for further donations to ensure the work is completed to a long-lasting and satisfactory standard.

5.    You say the organ should last for another 40/50 years before further restoration is required.  What happens if the church closes during that period?
This is always a possibility for any church. Rest assured that other people are working hard to ensure that the church can pay its way and maintain the support of the Diocese of Oxford.

6.    I am a UK taxpayer and can Gift Aid my donation.  What happens if in later years I cease to be a UK taxpayer?
Unless you have agreed to donate on a regular basis, Gift Aid is allowed within the tax year of your donation; and your later circumstances will not be relevant. If you are donating on a regular basis, then each donation will be Gift Aided until you tell us it is no longer applicable; there will be no change to the earlier donations you have already made.

7.    Before I make a donation, am I able to see and hear the organ?
The church is open during daylight hours almost every day and you can see the organ from the nave. If you wish to hear it, we use the organ at most Sunday services. The video section of this website has a recent recording of the organ. We would also be happy to make a specific appointment with anyone interested so they can see the organ closer up and hear it being played.

8.    Why spend so much money on restoring an old instrument when you could replace it with a less expensive modern electronic organ?
This organ is one of the few surviving built by Albert Pease and was given to the church by Mr and Mrs A C Arding in memory of their daughter Margery. We believe we have a duty to maintain the organ and restore it to its original condition. An electronic organ is far less satisfying to play and it is therefore more difficult to retain the services of organists. The purchase of an electronic organ cannot attract the restoration grants that a traditional pipe organ can, so that the amount needed from donations remains very similar. An electronic organ will require an extensive sound system which not only will require additional funds to design, purchase and install, but it may also detract from the beauty of the church.

9.   Why not just buy a digital hymn player?
Many of the points above apply here too. We strongly feel that it is important that we are able provide ‘live’ organ music at our services. Imagine having a wedding without live processional music or a funeral without the family’s choice of music. Digital hymnals need to be “pre-programmed” and lack the flexibility that an instrument and organist can provide.
10.   Is the organ worth restoring?
It is a particularly good, small pipe organ of its time, with lovely, rich tones. It has played an important role within the church in providing the music for over 100 years. A number of organ experts have looked at it and have encouraged us to restore it for future generations to enjoy.

11.   Should the organ be enlarged or modernised as part of the restoration?
No. What makes our organ so special is that it is essentially untouched since it was built in 1896. We need to keep it as original as possible.

12.   Will my donation be recognised in some way?
We are considering marking the restoration with a plaque that recognises those who have provided support, though we understand that some donors will wish to remain anonymous. We will keep all donors informed on this matter; if we proceed, we will do so on the basis of each donor’s wishes.