Shrewsbury Abbey

Organ Restoration Donations

Our budget for the organ work is just under £200,000, and covers the organ builder’s quoted costs, a contingency and incidental expenses.

The work will be carried out in two phases.

Phase 1 will see the organ cleaned, its actions renovated and woodworm eradicated. The three most significant missing stops (swell reeds) will be installed. The phase 1 budget is £110k.

Phase 2 will see the remaining missing stops installed, the winding systems fully overhauled off site, and the organ blowers lifted onto the main platform. Space created under the organ will be used for much needed choir storage. The phase 2 budget is £85k.

Towards this, and after many years of fund raising, recitals and donations, we already have over £80,000. Another £30,000 will see phase 1 work funded. Another £85,000 then has to be raised to fund the phase 2 work and complete the Hill organ’s restoration and completion.

We are approaching a number of trusts and charities for contributions, but we still need many £000s from donations, and fund raising events.


All donations would be most welcome

Donations can be sent to The Treasurer, Shrewsbury Abbey, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6BS using the form overleaf. Tax payers can gift aid their donations increasing the value of the money donation by 25%. Please mark your envelope Abbey Organ Fund appeal – fill in our Donation Form.

We will regularly update our web page to show how the appeal is progressing.

Shrewsbury Abbey’s PCC , congregation and choir thank you most sincerely for your support and contribution towards this important work.

Our Just Giving page will be in action soon, but in the meantime you can Sponsor our organist Nigel, via his Just Giving page (see below).

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Nigel Pursey’s Cycling and Organ Playing Challenge

In August, I am cycling 990 miles from Lands End to John o’ Groats as a personal challenge, but also to raise money for the Shrewsbury Abbey Organ Restoration Fund. Why? Good question!

  • First, this is something I’ve been intending to do when the time was right. I’m fortunate to have the health and fitness to do this, so I’m going to do it while I can
  • Second, because I want to do something on a personal basis to raise money for the Organ Fund. I really do think we need to restore and complete the organ as soon as money allows
  • And third, because this is a milestone birthday year (21 again!) which I want to mark appropriately

These three reasons all suggest 2019 is the right year to fulfil my ambition to cycle the End to End route.

The ride will take place over 14 days from 10th to 24th August and I will be cycling as part of a small group (supported) trip organised by Pedal Britain. The daily average is 73 miles. The Pedal Britain route passes through the Marches, north to Kendal and Glasgow before heading north east up to John o’ Groats.

There is a further challenge en route. As this is to raise money for an organ fund, I have arranged to give four short organ recitals at stage end points. Entry for each recital will be free but there will be a retiring collection, some of which will also be for the Abbey Organ Fund.

The schedule for all of this is:

Saturday 10 August Ride starts from Lands End
Monday 12 August Reach Wells. Organ recital at 7.30 in St Cuthberts Church
Wednesday 14 August Reach Shrewsbury. Organ recital at 7.30 in the Abbey
Friday 16 August Reach Kendal. Organ recital at 7.30 in the Parish Church
Sunday 18 August Reach Hamilton. Organ recital at 7.30 in St Mary’s Episcopal Church
Saturday 24 August Arrive at John o’Groats

I have started a personal blog for the actual ride and training – Instagram @nigelpursey

Sponsors can donate via my Just Giving Page, and there will be donation forms in the Abbey and at each recital location

I hope you will be able to support me in this challenge!!