Our English Heritage Handbook arrived last week. These days, it simply replaces last year’s on the shelf. When the children were younger, it was the National Trust one we had – initially because membership paid for itself if you visited Cornwall. But, visiting a Trust property on weekends out and about, particularly hearing the stories associated with the castles and stately homes, became part of family life.
So, for us, it was an annual ticket to adventures.
The Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust, which you probably think I’ve made up, does actually exist, and is nowhere near as grand as the National Trust. It is made up of individual characters who love taking care of theatre (pipe) organs. They rescue them, store them in factories, or anywhere they can find a sympathetic owner to let them have some space. They are retired folk, working folk, folk who like tinkering and willing to offer time to be a tech team. When they can find a home to have them installed and playing, like they had at a school I taught at, they lovingly install every pipes and console, but also keep it restored and working, while adding little bits of technology to them too. And using plastic piping instead of lead!
They create a little honey pot to attract the likes of Phil Kelsall to come and play marvellous music on them for everyone’s enjoyment.
English Heritage play a major role in preserving historical church buildings, and I think they should, on behalf of the nation, to whom they really belong.
The church is really the Jesus Trust. Enthusiasts for the Holy Spirit, who love to see him installed in people, and playing heavenly harmonies in their lives, engaging with the Father through the Son.
No need to subscribe. but full membership endowed on anyone who puts their Trust in Jesus.