There's been a definite "Charity Feel" to this week's work. Firstly, preparing for this weekend's Christmas Fair at the Masonic Guildhall in Stockport, in aid of Francis House Children's Hospice. They do a fabulous and invaluable job providing respite care & support for children & young adults with life threatening conditions. So, I will be there with my stall, and a wide variety of others, from 10am-3pm on Sunday 24th Nov (Masonic Guildhall, Wellington Rd South, Stockport).
The second part of this week has been taken up with putting the final touches to the photographs I have taken of the pipe organ at St George's Church Stockport. The Church Council are in the process of trying to raise £150,000 over the next 2 years in order to restore & repair the organ, which was built in 1897, and has not been restored for over 32 years. Continual use, wear & tear, and improvements to the heating system have taken their toll. It is now in desperate need of an overhaul, and repair & replacement of some of the original pipes.
I was very happy to help out in my own small way, and have been allowed access to the internal workings & pipes, to photograph them. It was a very different challenge from my usual outdoor landscapes, but equally fascinating. The shapes & textures of the pipes had their own beauty, and crawling around inside the organ was really quite enjoyable, even though it was a bit of a squash in places!
I have put together a gallery of photographs of the pipes & stops of the organ, which are available to buy as "Picture Blocks" on the website. (http://naomijonesphotography.com/stgeorgeschurchorganfund). I am also hoping to put together some limited edition prints, so watch this space!
(60% of the profits from the sale of these will go towards the Restoration Appeal.)
Have a Safe & Happy Weekend!