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The Organ(s) of Christ Church

The present organ, installed in 1970, is a splendid three-manual instrument giving much enjoyment and satisfaction (and not just to the organist!).

Originally, it is thought that the installation of a small instrument in the tower, the details of which are not known, may have coincided with the formation of the Parish in 1855. A larger instrument of three manuals by Bryceson Brothers of London was installed in 1865, also in the west gallery within the tower. This organ was moved to the new organ chamber north of the chancel in 1893 when the west gallery was removed and structural under-pinning work to the tower carried out.

By the end of World War II this organ was in serious need of rebuilding and the campaign to raise money included the amusing poster, which even appeared on the buses: “Said Vicar Scutt to Organist Bown, ‘Christ Church organ's falling down . .’ ” Unfortunately it seemed impossible to raise the sum needed to rebuild the instrument and it was decided to purchase a Compton Electrone and to replace the pipe organ. This was done in 1951. This electronic organ was in use until succeeded in 1970.

Due to the deterioration of the Electrone and the need for constant repair, in 1966 the senior choir members made a collection among themselves and handed £5 to the Treasurer to inaugurate an Organ Fund. A few months later it was learned that Alexander J. Chisholm had left a bequest in memory of his wife (who had died in 1962) for the provision of a three manual pipe organ. This bequest amounted to almost half of the eventual sum required.

The organ, which was originally built by J.J.Binns of Leeds in 1892 for Baillie Street Methodist Church in Rochdale, was obtained in 1967 through Percy Daniel & Co. Ltd., who had heard of the instrument being for sale due to impending demolition of the church, and was eventually rebuilt by them, with some additions and a new console, and installed in 1970. It is sited in the south transept gallery with a detached console on the north side of the chancel. (A record of its original specification and siting in Baillie Street Methodist is held.)

R.V. Waters, Organist and Choirmaster

Mill Open

Adults £1, Members and Accompanied Children free.

Sun. 4 May 2014

2.30pm-5.00pm

High Salvington Windmill

“So you want to be a writer?”

Stella Whitelaw

Tue. 6 May 2014

12.10pm

Worthing Library

Lunchtime Concert

Yoko Ono
Award Winning Pianist

Tue. 6 May 2014

12.30

Christ Church, Worthing

Schubert, Mendelssohn

National Mills Weekend Open Day

Adults £1, Members and Accompanied Children free.

Sun. 11 May 2014

2.30pm-5.00pm

High Salvington Windmill

Mill Open

Adults £1, Members and Accompanied Children free.

Sun. 18 May 2014

2.30pm-5.00pm

High Salvington Windmill

Difficult Decisions in Public and Political Life

Peter Bottomley

Sun. 25 May 2014

3pm

Christ Church, Worthing

Mill Open

Adults £1, Members and Accompanied Children free.

Sun. 1 June 2014

2.30pm-5.00pm

High Salvington Windmill

Book Fair

Sat. 7 June 2014

High Salvington Windmill

High Salvington Fundraisers

Mill Open

Adults £1, Members and Accompanied Children free.

Sun. 15 June 2014

2.30pm-5.00pm

High Salvington Windmill

Then and Now: 100 Years of Wartime Poetry

Roundabout Poets

Fri. 20 June 2014

1.00pm

Worthing Library

Barbecue & Barn Dance

Tickets available from the Mill

Sat. 21 June 2014

7pm

High Salvington Windmill

Summer Concert

Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra

Sat. 21 June 2014

7.30pm

The Assembly Hall, Worthing

Romeo and Juliet Overture, Tchaikovsky
Concierto Aranjuez, Rodrigo
Sheherazade, Rimsky-Korsakov

Summer Concert

The Angmering Chorale

£TBA

Sat. 28 June 2014

7.00pm

Angmering School

Ahoy, Alexander L'Estrange
Every Purpose Under the Heaven, Howard Goodall

Mill Open

Adults £1, Members and Accompanied Children free.

Sun. 6 July 2014

2.30pm-5.00pm

High Salvington Windmill

Mill Summer Fete

Sun. 13 July 2014

2pm-5pm

High Salvington Windmill

Mill Open

Adults £1, Members and Accompanied Children free.

Sun. 20 July 2014

2.30pm-5.00pm

High Salvington Windmill

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