Berwick Parish Church Trust
Registered Charity No 00517699 England and Wales
Berwick Parish Church Trust was formed in May 1986 as a registered charity, by a group of church members and other citizens of the town and neighbourhood with a common interest in assisting in the repair and restoration of this historic place of worship.
The Trust’s main objective is to raise funds to ensure that the building continues to be maintained as a fitting and worthy place of worship within the town.
In the past 26 years the Trust has raised well over £800,000 to meet the cost of major works to the roofs, windows, exterior and interior stonework, ironwork and heating system but much remains to be done to repair and restore the roof, other windows, stonework and monuments, as well as the restoration, re-building and enhancement of the fine pipe organ, recently completed. The Trust's current major project. led by the PCC, is the restoration and repair of several of the windows not restored in recent years.
The Organ Restoration Project 2007-2012
The Organ Restoration Project is part of the PCC’s work to develop the church and the adjoining parish centre as a Christian Community Centre and is intended to provide a fine musical facility for community, civic, military and other occasions, providing an opportunity, unrivalled locally, for choral singing, recitals, concerts and teaching musicians, young and old.
The project will cost £164,000, all of which will need to be raised from the local community, church reserves and other grant-aiding and philanthropic individuals and bodies...
Although the cost of restoring the pipe organ had appeared for some years to be quite beyond the means and resources of the Parochial Church Council, a parishioner’s gift in 2006, specifically directed to its restoration, and a number of bequests persuaded the PCC, in conjunction with the Parish Church Trust (a charity established in 1986 specifically to assist the PCC in the restoration and repair of the building) to seek professional advice from a number of sources each of which has concluded that the pipe organ is a fine and well-built instrument worthy of restoration. A preferred contractor, Principal Pipe Organs of York , has been selected and a full contract specification has been prepared and costed with the assistance of the Diocesan Organ Adviser.
Two enhancements have been built into the specification to allow the organ to be used in a wider community role; first, the console will be mounted on a new mobile platform which will allow it to be positioned to best effect within the church for concerts, recitals and the like; and, secondly, a new Fanfare Trumpet will be built into the organ with 56 new pipes on one stop, which will greatly enhance the appeal of the instrument for concerts and recitals and will enable it to be used to wonderful effect over the full range of the organ repertoire and on occasions of pomp and ceremony.
When the project has been completed, Berwick upon Tweed will possess one of the great organs in the North of England which, given regular maintenance, will serve the community for 100 years.
If you would like to make a donation to the Trust or the Parochial Church Council, please download and complete the form which you will find on our 'Gift Aid' page by clicking on button to the left of this page...