The William Hill organ in St James Parish Church, Spilsby has recently been renovated and restored by Aistrup and Hind of Lincoln (Chris Hind) and to celebrate this the Organist Laureate of Lincoln Cathedral, Colin Walsh, will be giving a recital at St James on Friday, June 30th at 7.00. Tickets will be sold prior to the event or at the door at £10.
William Hill –one of this country’s community of renowned organ builders- was born in Spilsby in 1789 and died in 1870. A stained glass window in the south aisle of the Church is dedicated to him. He inherited his father in law’s workshop in St Pancras, London and his sons joined him later. In 1916 the business was amalgamated with Norman and Beard. William was responsible for building organs in York Minster, Peterborough Cathedral, Selby Abbey and Kidderminster Town Hall which was one of the earliest Municipal organs. It is for this reason that we wish to celebrate the organ in St James Church.
If you are an organist or someone who is interested in Church organs you are invited to come to St James Church and play this organ on Saturday May 13th any time between 12.00 and 4.00.Enjoy the experience of playing a William Hill organ. Tea and coffee will be served during the afternoon.
You may also like to visit the Willoughby Chapel with it’s beautiful monuments dedicated to the ancestors of Lady Jane Willoughby d’Eresby of Grimsthorpe Castle and see the memorial in memory of Franklin, the explorer.
We look forward to welcoming you to St James Church Spilsby
The Reverend Canon Peter Coates