Pipe Up

Pipe up

We are raising funds to restore our beloved Norman and Beard organ at St Paul’s.

Over the year we are having a number of events which are free to attend but donations are welcome.

Full details are below and please do invite others to come along.

If you would like to be involved in applying for grants please do contact Leigh Whittingham or Julia Daniel.

If you would like to run or perform in an event please contact Elspeth Wyllie.

So far we have raised over £5,000… Another £145,000 to go!


ONLINE HERE or by using the QR code

Alternatively you can give via bank transfer as follows:

Bank Sort Code: CAF Bank 40 52 40
Account number: 00024868
Account name: Parish of Herne Hill
Reference: “Organ Fund”

Cheques should be made payable to “Parish of Herne Hill Organ Fund”. Cheques and Cash can be handed in or posted to “The Parish Office, St Paul’s Church, Herne Hill, London SE24 9LY


Sonnet poster 2022

Organ Restoration Project and Fund-Raising

A project to repair the 100 years-old pipe organ in St Paul’s is already underway, but help is needed  to achieve our aims of raising £150,000, and getting the repairs done in 2023. By getting involved you will find out more about the parish and its engagement with the local community and it also offers the opportunity to work within a team which includes those who have successful experience with similar projects. The aim is to ensure that the organ is there for future musical worship and celebration in the parish and community. 

The project currently needs help with:

  1. Grant Research
    We have already prepared a preliminary list of potential grant-giving organisations. We need someone to do some online and other research to refine this list. We need to identify, for each potential grant-giving organisation;
    • the likelihood of a grant application being successful
    • the size of grant which it is most realistically worth applying for
    • the submission dates and documents required for grant applicationsThe aim is to complete this research before the end of 2021, and it probably will require a total of between 20 and 25 hours. If you have prior experience of applying for grants, it will take less time than that. If you do not have prior experience, others in the project team will guide and support you. You will learn about obtaining grants which will look good on your CV!
  2. Online Communications
    We already have a Communications Strategy and Plan for the project and a dedicated page on the parish website. We need someone to develop online communication about the project. This will include:
    • updating and enhancing content on the parish website
    • social media notices (mainly facebook and twitter) to spread news of events to local people beyond the congregations)
    • listing events on Eventbrite
    • email notices to local organisations (eg schools, other churches, Herne Hill Forum, Herne Hill Society) about events and other newsWe think that these tasks will take about two hours per week.
  3. Event Support
    A series of Pipe-Up! concerts has started already to raise awareness of the project and raise some funds. We need a team of volunteers to call on to help for future Pipe-Up! fund-raising events. The help required will include:
    • delivering fliers/leaflets to local shops/businesses/community centres
    • delivering fliers/leaflets to homes
    • helping at events by setting-up, welcoming, serving refreshments, tidying upThe amount of time commitment is completely up to you. We are just asking that you provide us with your contact details and let us know what type of help you can offer. With that information, we can contact you to invite you to help for an event which is being planned. If you are not able to help for that event just respond “Sorry, I can’t help this time”.

Who do I contact to get involved?

Please contact one of the following:

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