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Upset over St Keverne organ removal
2:10pm Friday 20th September 2013 in News
The decision to remove St Keverne Church’s historic organ has left councillors “appalled.”
The discovery that the organ had been removed was made at the last meeting of the parish council, when Councillor Sarah Lyne said she had heard wind of a plan to take it out because it no longer worked.
She said: “It might not work but surely they could leave the pipes?”
It was then that Councillor Derek Kevern confirmed that the organ had already gone, claiming the lead had been taken to a scrapyard near Hayle.
Mrs Lyne described the revelation as “disgusting,” adding: “I am appalled.”
Councillor Anthony Richards agreed, saying: “I think we want to send a letter saying how disappointed we are. We have asked to be kept in touch.
“Unless it was a matter of health and safety I don’t see why it wasn’t left there. We appreciate it was too costly to repair.”
The Rev Peter Sharpe, parish priest, said the organ had not been used “for a considerable time.”
He stressed that the appropriate permissions had been sought and a public notice detailing the plans had been on show in the church porch.
Mr Sharpe, who came to the parish 18 months ago, said: “When I came the intention was that it was going to be removed as part of the development agreed here for the past considerable number of years.”
A new vestry is being built at the eastern end of the church – partly where the organ was – that will free up a room at the back to become a meeting area.
Experts found the organ had no real value and did not merit the cost required to make it work again.
The village history society has been given parts of the organ.
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