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More Organ Pictures

All Gone

So tonight after choir practice I took a look at the current state of work on the removal of the organ.

Things have moved on a lot since Monday. Now in the place where the console has stood for decades is just a hole in the floor with a few wires trailing out, and the shadow on the floor where it once stood. In it’s place is our replacement organ, lent to us by the organ builders, an electronic organ a good deal younger than the Compton going off for repair.

The Other End

Today there was a lot more to see at the other end, as the door to the vestry had been removed, and the vestry itself were a number of ladders and platforms to give the two man team access to the organ itself. The instrument is almost totally enclosed by a wood panelled box, which I assume was added around the organ after it had been built. However this solid panelling poses a problem for removal as the only access is now from the back, through two small doors above the vestry door. This is what makes the whole job take so long, as with the minimal room inside the organ, each pipe has to be carefully removed.

View Down the Church

Further down the church is more evidence of work, as various planks of wood are laid out across the tops of the pews, where the pipes are placed after they have been removed. From there they get taken to the organ builders van ready to be transported back down to Kent.

Currently the hope is that we will get the Compton returned in time for Easter, but that is definitely more a hope than a definite, hence why the organ builders have provided us with a loan organ. Ultimately the big date that has to be achieved is July, as we have the bishop coming along then to re-dedicate the organ, and we can’t very well re-dedicate it if it isn’t there!

Ooops, Thats Another Fine Mess The Anglican Church Has Got Into

This article in the Times raised a smile, although I feel a good deal of sympathy for the priest involved.

Basically, the vicar of Ealing in West London has been elected Bishop of the Lake Malawi diocese in Central Africa, following an almost twenty year relationship with the diocese. During that time he has raised over £250,000 for projects in the diocese, visited frequently, and even arranging hospital treatment in the UK for the previous Bishop for the cancer that ultimately killed him.

However there is a slight problem, the diocese is very conservative in their theology, and the vicar of Ealing is not. In fact he used to lead the Modern Churchpeoples Union.

The church in Central Africa is now busily trying to unlect their new Bishop, despite him winning a significant majority in the election, using eclesiastical law to find a problem with the process of election.

All in all it’s another embarassing bit of worldwide publicity for the Anglican Church. Basically the regular electors elected the man on the basis of having met him and his actions, and yet the whole ongoing war within the Church has resulted in other parts of the church abusing it’s own powers to unelect the duly appointed bishop. Father Jake offers a pretty succinct statement of the whole situation in a recent posting, in the USA, which seems just as relevant to this.