A team from York Pipe Organs has begun work on the organ restoration project at Saint Leonard’s Parish Church in Loftus, which will rejuvenate and complete the historic instrument dating from 1902.

In non-pandemic times the organ sets the scene for St Leonard’s weekly worship; it has accompanied times of thanksgiving, celebration and joy in the lives of many, and it has been a source of strength to those who mourn.

Much of the pipework from the pedal section of this fine Edwardian instrument is on its way to the workshop in York City Centre as part of the work's first phase.

“This is truly a historic day as we begin this exciting and once-in-a-century restoration project,” explained Fr Adam Gaunt, Rector of Loftus.

“To do so in spite of the coronavirus pandemic makes the occasion even more exceptional! While our fundraising efforts still require an additional £18,694.26 to complete the project, we have now secured sufficient funding to begin a phased restoration programme; I am delighted that the team at York Pipe Organs have been so accommodating and willing to work with us on a phased approach.

“I am also deeply grateful to the many individuals, charitable trusts, and grant-making bodies who have already generously donated to this exciting project."

  • Should anyone be moved to make a donation to this restoration project, all donations (no matter how large or small) would be gratefully received and acknowledged. Donations marked “Organ Project” can be left in a sealed envelope in Saint Leonard’s Church Loftus, or posted to Fr Adam Gaunt, The Rectory, 11 Micklow Lane, Loftus, TS13 4JE.