Our Churches

The Parish of Uley with Owlpen and Nympsfield is in the Diocese of Gloucester.  It comprises of three churches: St Giles in Uley,  Holy Cross  in Owlpen and St Bartholomew in Nympsfield.
Churches of St Giles, St Bartholomew and Holy Cross
Organ at Holy Cross, Owlpen

The organ was built in 1890 by the renowned firm of Jardine of Manchester and has been described as ‘nothing less than a gem in a small country church’.  It has mechanical (tracker) action throughout and, although robustly constructed, is now in a generally very poor and worn condition. Apart from a modest overhaul at some time in the past, little has been done to the organ other than regular tuning and maintenance. In recent years, emergency callouts of the team have become frequent.

The organ has become prone to harmonic mis-soundings, attributed to serious soundboard faults causing wind to enter the wrong pipes. Most ranks of pipes are not ‘speaking’ to their full potential, owing to their dirty condition, and one rank, an ill-matching substitute from the 1960s, produces such a piercing whistle that it is never used. The instrument is unpredictable: for example, our carol service in 2016 saw the Swell half of the organ out of action because of a sudden mechanical fault; also during that service two of the ivory key covers, many of which are worn and warped, came unstuck, causing the organist’s fingers to distribute glue over the other keys. Its unreliability in these respects and others has made the instrument much less of a pleasure to play, and to anticipate playing, than it should be, with the prospect of any visiting organist best avoided.

The funding total sought is £40,147 (VAT not applicable) plus electrical work. 

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