Major work to restore the church’s organ started in January, 2017. Bernard Whitmill, who has a long association with the organ, will spend the whole year deep in the organ chamber, meticulously repairing or replacing the parts of the instrument that are showing their age. The work can be split into two parts: the first is to repair the concussion bellows (these ensure the airflow is kept constant to the organ pipes at all times) and to move some of the pipes around so that the organ can sound even better than it did. This should be good news for members of the congregation who sit in the north transept as they will no longer be deafened when the trumpet pipes are used, (they were previously near the front of the organ). These have been moved towards the back of the organ and also higher up in the organ chamber, which is where they would normally be placed in a good organ layout.