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Donations for Donington church organ repairs are rolling in




Donations have started to come in to repair the Donington Parish Church organ so it can be played at the most important services in living memory.

Capt Matthew Flinders, who charted the coast of Australia, is to be reburied in his home village in the second half of this year after his remains were discovered in London a year ago.

Matthew’s final resting place will be in a spot beneath the north aisle of the church - close to a stained glass window that bears his picture.

Direct descendants Lisette Flinders-Petrie, Rachael Flinders-Lewis and Jacob Flinders-Simmons beside the window dedicated to the explorer.
Direct descendants Lisette Flinders-Petrie, Rachael Flinders-Lewis and Jacob Flinders-Simmons beside the window dedicated to the explorer.

In December, the church learned that it will cost £5,500 plus VAT to repair the organ but it can recover the VAT from a fund.

Parochial church council treasurer Jane Pearson says the church is delighted with the response to our story as donations totalling just over £2,978 have been made so far.

She said: “Hopefully, with a few more people helping, we can get the repairs booked so that they are all completed in time for the Flinders services.

“Speaking to our organist, Marie Potter, she has confirmed that she is really looking forward to having the church organ in full working order and says it will make such a difference.”

Church organ specialist Paul Hale wrote a report saying “among other things, none of the foot pedals work and the mice have done quite a bit of damage”.

The organ dates back to 1864, and is attributed to the work of two highly regarded organ craftsmen.

Jane said: “Paul’s report has been submitted to a company that knows the organ at Donington very well - Hind and Aistrup - who completely dismantled and overhauled it the 1980s.

“Their indication for fixing this back into full working order is £5,500 plus VAT - which gives the church a huge challenge.”

The eyes of the world will be on Donington when Matthew Flinders is reburied, and enquiries continue to come from Australia - the name given to the massive island country by Flinders himself.

Jane said: "We have had positive contacts with Flinders University in Adelaide and their vice chancellor is hoping to come over for the services."

Anyone able to support the organ appeal can contact Jane by emailing stmarysdonington@yahoo.com

Among our previous stories ...

UPDATE AND VIDEO OF EXCAVATION SITE: Remains of Donington-born Matthew Flinders discovered

Donington's most famous son: Flinders' descendants at church thanksgiving


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