End of an era at Blidworth’s St Mary’s Church


IT was the end of an era at St Mary’s Church in Blidworth last week, when the church’s pipe organ was used for a final time before being decommissioned.

The instrument in St Mary’s, known as the ‘Rockings Church’ for its unique annual ceremony at Candlemas, has been giving problems for a number of years.

Now a new digital organ is to be built into the pipework during the the next few weeks to bring an end to the malfunctions which have dogged the existing instrument. The new one will include several more stops to provide a much wider variety of available sounds.

But the pipework will remain in place to allow it to be reconnected and used again at some time in the future.

And the re-use of the existing console, rather than building a completely new instrument, will save a lot of expense and help to make the new organ affordable.

Director of music Gordon Foster said: “Playing the existing organ for the last time on Sunday was a sad, emotional occasion in a way, but I can’t wait to have a reliable instrument to play, which will not only enhance the Sunday services, but also improve the music for those coming to the church for special occasions such as weddings and funerals, and avoid embarrassing situations like sticking notes.”

The work is to be carried out by Sutton firm Dukeries Electronics, and services in the meantime will be accompanied by a temporary instrument.