Great news! Our Rector, Revd. Peter Smith, has signed the contract with Mander Organs to rebuild our Walker organ. Thanks are due to the many supporters who, over nearly ten years, have contributed by fundraising, donating and organizing the Heritage Organ Appeal to provide an instrument for the 21st Century. It is an enormous achievement by Waltham Abbey church, supporting the long heritage of Anglican church music in this place by providing for its future.
Mander Organs will start by manufacturing the brand new parts of the organ in their London workshops. Starting on 23rd July, the existing organ will be removed over a period of two weeks. The parts we are retaining (mostly pipes) will be taken away to be cleaned and restored. Finally, the new instrument will be re-installed probably in the Spring of 2019.
There will be other associated works taking place including the renovation of the organ blower by Duplex Pipe and Organ Blower Ltd, new electrical supply and connections by Bradshaw Electrical Ltd, and scaffolding installation by Jon Scaffolding Services Ltd. Scaffolding inside the West end of the church will be in place for three to four weeks during the removal in July/August and again for longer in Spring 2019. During these periods the South Door will became the main access route for visitors and for services.
We are also taking to opportunity to remove the eyesore of the scaffolding walkway at the back of the gallery and replace it with a proper ladder to give maintenance access from the gallery to the South Clerestory.
For those who are interested, a full pipe specification of the rebuilt organ will shortly be available on these pages. [Now added!] Meanwhile, here is the initial design for the new facade incorporating the largest of the new pipes.