FRIDAY, July 18 - Pledges mean St Margaret's may hear organ music sooner than expected

PUBLISHED: 14:41 18 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:19 10 June 2010

THE funds needed to install St Margaret's Church organ may have been reached owing to numerous large donations pledg-ed at the committee's last meeting. The meeting, on July 10, was held to discuss the progress of the fundraising for the installation and

THE funds needed to install St Margaret's Church organ may have been reached owing to numerous large donations pledg-ed at the committee's last meeting.The meeting, on July 10, was held to discuss the progress of the fundraising for the installation and building work for the organ.Last month, the committee realised that fundraising had been lagging for some time, with only £14,000 raised last year, which is when they came up with the very simple idea of just asking people to pledge that they would donate cash.The result was thousands of pounds being pledged, although the final result will not be announced until after their meeting with the Parish Church Council this week.The Reverend Richard Jeffery said: "We have had several pledges of £1,000 and smaller amounts as well. "We were very encouraged that we are going to be able to install the organ very soon. "We had a fantastic response last night with over 30 people turning up who were very generous."The present organ was in need of too much repair work and was falling into disrepair when the committee found a "magnificent organ" from a redundant church in Plymouth.The historic church has received overwhelming support since the campaign began in 2004, even on an international level. A German man, Betcleff Petersen, who died recently, fell in love with the church during his travels and left £16,000 as a legacy in his will.The installation of the new organ is the second of the three projects the committee set out to complete, the first being remodelling the church entrance, which is done, and now all that is left is the altering of the nave altar platform and vestry

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