The lovely pipe organ in Holy Saviour Church has been in constant use for services and concerts for thirty years and has had only tuning and routine maintenance. It is now becoming unreliable, and is demanding imaginative efforts by organists to counter its increasingly unexpected behaviour.
The organ is in need of comprehensive overhaul. This involves removal for cleaning and adjustment of all the 798 pipes, not to mention careful renovation of the complex mechanical linkages which open the valves in response to operation of the keys and pedals. The work, which is skilled and labour-intensive, is expected to take six weeks.
We hope that work can begin in January 2017, to be completed by the end of February.
The project will cost approximately £16,000 (+ VAT, which we hope to reclaim).
Each year the Church tries hard to meet its outgoings, and although we have some reserved savings, we cannot afford to borrow from this fund without repaying it. This is why we need YOUR help!
Will you support our venture by donating to our Organ Renovation Appeal, “PULLING OUT ALL THE STOPS”?
Go to our JustGiving page, or download our Appeal leaflet. Your generous help will be warmly appreciated!
The 20th Hitchin Christmas Tree Festival was a huge success, and we were delighted to welcome around 2,500 visitors to view the fifty beautiful and imaginative trees. We’re grateful to Tim & Stella Farr for judging the trees in five categories, and in addition visitors were invited to vote for their favourite tree.
Click here to see the results!
Inner Glass Doors Project
We’re delighted to announce that the appeal has achieved its target. The sum collected amounted to £16,510, and all this money will be applied to the project.
The work is largely complete, but we are still awaiting delivery of the second set of handles which will be fitted to the north doors in place of the temporary ones. The handles have been specially designed for Holy Saviour Church by our church architect, Michael Dales, and so have had to be specially manufactured.
Many thanks to all who have so generously supported the appeal!
Our lovely new glass doors have now been installed inside the north and the main south doors. For the first time at the service on Palm Sunday, we were able to open the wooden doors so that the inner doors could let in plenty of light but still keep out the draughts. The stainless steel handles on the south doors were designed especially for Holy Saviour Church by our architect, Michael Dales, and have been much admired. A similar set is being made for the north doors and will be fitted as soon as they are finished.
The doors are being paid for partly by bequests and partly by a special appeal. Our target of £15,000 is now within reach. Will you help us by making a donation? If you click here, it will take you to the Holy Saviour Church Just Giving page.
Click here for details of all our services in Holy Week and on Easter Sunday. All are welcome!
The Friends of Holy Saviour Church have launched a quiz of 75 questions to test your knowledge of Hitchin and its history. You have all Summer to ferret out obscure and fascinating crumbs of local information, before the quiz is judged in September. A prize will be awarded for the most complete and accurate response!
Copies are available, price £1, at the back of the church, and also in the Hitchin Initiative office in Churchyard, Hitchin Town Centre.
The first picture shows the altar frontal positioned on the nave altar for the rededication by the Bishop of St Albans on Sunday 17 May. The second picture shows the frontal on the high altar at the Ascension Day service (Thursday 14 May).
The historic “Alleluia” altar frontal has been carefully packed and sent to a specialist workshop for full restoration. It is hoped it will be completed in time for the church’s 150th celebrations on Ascension Day, Thursday 14 May. The money for the restoration was raised by a special appeal launched in July 2014.
The frontal was embroidered in 1895 specially for Holy Saviour Church by Sister Elizabeth of The Anglican Sisters of St Margaret, East Grinstead. The Sisters ran a school and workshop of Ecclesiastical Embroidery in Bloomsbury which produced highly esteemed work. Sister Elizabeth had been sent to run the orphanage opposite this church.
The United Society, the Anglican (worldwide) Mission agency, to which we send contributions for the work of the five Anglican dioceses in Zimbabwe, has acknowledged recent gifts from Holy Saviour amounting to £505.22.
The US was the chosen charity for the donations made at the funeral of Marjorie Barrow on May 9th, and earmarked for the training of Anglican priests in Zimbabwe. The total given then (including gift aided donations) was £355.22.
Other donations at fund raising events and individual gifts amounted to £150 making the total £505.22. This will clearly help the church struggling to repair damage to churches and give help to the poor in times of poor harvests.
The letter from US also underlines new work (with US a prime mover) in launching a pioneering national initiative called ‘PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV STIGMA INDEX ( PLHIV) This helps in equipping local church volunteers with the skills they need to tackle that stigma. The letter from US thanks us at Holy Saviour for helping to enable this effective service.
(It is easy to think that US stands for United States! It is in fact the newest name for the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel which was founded in 1701 and is now called the United Society)
Food Bank – Continued thanks for contributions from Holy Saviour. The current shortages are for toothpaste and shower gel/cream. If you are passing the relevant counter, any contribution is welcome.