It’s music to the ears of Dalziel church members

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THE beautiful sounds of a historic and nationally important pipe organ could soon be filling Dalziel St Andrew’s Church again thanks to a £50,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore it.

The Motherwell congregation is trying to restore the Walcker Pipe Organ as part of its Makeover Project – Forward for Jesus.

The organ, which has been awarded Certificate Grade 1 by the British Institute of Organ Studies, was installed in the Grade B listed church building in 1900 and remains in original condition, having been well maintained over its long life.

Time has taken its toll, however, and following advice received from Gerhard Walcker, of the German based manufacturers, and other experts in this specialist field, the church made the decision to restore it.

The office-bearers and congregation have been faced with the daunting task of raising the substantial budget to take forward this work with an estimate of over £100,000 drawn up.

Many fundraising events have been carried out over the past year and more are in the pipeline.

But now thanks to the HLF and the £30,000 given last year by the Environmental Key Fund, the church’s property convener can begin the process of securing a specialist contractor to carry out the work of restoration.

For full story, see this week’s Times & Speaker, dated Thursday, March 17.