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It was nice to catch up with TOC President, Phil Kelsall, on February 11th 2018 at Louth Town Hall when he played his 40th consecutive concert on the Compton. To mark the event, John Askwith presented Phil with a commemorative plaque. It was also gratifying to see around 180 in the audience - a pity there was no one from the BBC to take note…

 

 

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Following the death of Michael Candy and a recent bequest from a member, who requested that the legacy be used to further preserve organs in the UK, the Club has purchased Mike's historic Style F Wurlitzer, which is believed to be the last surviving original Style F in the country.
The organ has been safely removed (with both your Newsletter Editor and Southern District Secretary lending a hand) and will be installed at Paul Kirner's Music Palace. The team there, which has recently done such a good job in restoring the former Regal Edmonton Christie, will restore and install the Wurlitzer. It will remain on permanent loan and will be available for Club meetings (as will the other organs installed at the Music Palace) when restoration work is completed.
Paul Kirner's Music Palace has formed itself into a trust, it owns the building and the Club is aware that the Trustees and team at the Music Palace are keen for all their organs to remain in as original condition as possible, therefore this harmonious partnership will ensure our organ's future as the last working example of an original Style F Wurlitzer.


After Byron Jones' concert at Weston-super-Mare Odeon on November 13th, the West of England Theatre Organ Society is to be disbanded.
It has been agreed with the Society that the Club will finance at least two events at the Odeon per year from 2017. The Club is still in discussion with WETOS and Odeon as to when these events will be, but the Club is delighted to be associated with this historic Compton organ.
The organ will continue to be looked after by Ben Snowdon and his team, which has done such a splendid job in recent years.
The Club also welcomes former WETOS members who have now joined us.
Photo courtesy of Peter Young