Be a Helping Hand for
Minster Makes Music
Wimborne Minster has been a centre for worship and prayer used by the local community for over 1300 years
A historic venue used by local schools and organisations for concerts and events, the Minster is a nationally recognised historic building which requires funding to preserve its unique musical heritage for the enjoyment of present and future generations.
Why will the appeal cost £1,000,000?
The appeal is split into two parts, £560,000 for the organ which needs to be completely dismantled together with major restoration, and up to £500,000 to develop music in the Minster in future.
When do you need to raise the funds by?
The organ needs to be fixed as soon as possible, and funds representing 80% of the cost of restoration have been found to enable the organ work to commence. More funding is required here, and also for the music foundation which we estimate will need up to £500,000 for development and management of the way forward for music in the Minster and for which we have now started planning.
Is the Minster organ still working?
As of 1st February the organ is out of commission and being completely dismantled. Much of the pipework, mechanism and console will be taken to Mander’s workshop in Kent where they will be cleaned and repaired and some new stops added. Some pipes will be stored in the Minster to be cleaned and repaired on site. Later in the year a completely new organ frame will be erected along with new casework. We hope the organ will be fully working again by Easter 2022. In the meantime, a digital instrument will be provided to support the music in the Minster.
When will the campaign start and finish?
The campaign began in January 2020, and depending on how long Covid-19 demands restrictions we currently estimate that it will conclude in 2022.
You can help us throughout our campaign in the following ways
- Fundraise by yourself, or with friends, family, neighbours or colleagues.
- We very much welcome donations of any size, big or small, from individuals or large companies. Every donation counts towards us reaching our target.
- We are always looking for volunteers to help support our events and our fundraising campaign. If you would like to be part of this exciting campaign, contact us for more information