Legacy of memories at Watton church
People in Watton and the local area will have the chance to create a lasting legacy of special memories in a dedicated book which will be bound when completed and held in St Mary’s Church.
The book is linked to the fund raising programme for the major repairs which need to be carried out on the organ in the town’s church.
While many local people will remember the organ music playing at happy occasions such as weddings and baptisms they will also have more poignant memories for memorial services for their family and close friends.
To make a dedication to someone special in the book, people will be asked to make a sponsored donation to the organ fund by sponsoring different parts of the organ including pipes and pedal keys and ranging from £5 to £20.
Many churches have had to move to electric organs but the team at St Mary’s Church feel it is important to maintain the musical tradition of the pipe organ so that all services can benefit from the power of the music when the organ is fully restored both now and for future generations.
Jan Godfrey of the Wayland Partnership who will launch the book of memories on Saturday August 1, 2015, said: “Over the past few years I have watched in admiration the reordering of St Mary’s Church to a very practical but also very beautiful place of worship fit for community use in the 21st century. And as a lover of church music, I am delighted that funds are now being raised to refurbish the organ and honoured to be asked to be involved in this really imaginative project to raise funds and at the same time, involve the community in making history.”
Pages for people to write their memories and dedication will be available at the St Mary’s Forces Day, in the church and at ‘pop up’ tables in Watton on market days and flyers will also be available at the Watton Churches Together stand at the Wayland Show.
Anyone unable to attend these places but wishing to make a dedication through their sponsorship can send their words and a cheque made payable to Watton PCC to St Mary’s Church, Church Road, Watton, IP25 6DQ.
Members of St Mary's Church in front of the organ console are pictured.
Further information about the project can be obtained by calling 01953 881252 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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