IT WAS a year ago Jean Brindle of St Silas’ Church, Blackburn, wrote to the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, principally to see if he could help in any way with the church’s organ appeal.
Dr Williams agreed to make a personal appearance at St Silas, on Preston New Road, BB2 6PS, to help in the fundraising drive for the £142,000 cost of repairing the beautiful 1904 Harrison organ at the church.
That personal appearance took place on Tuesday, September 19, when he talked about his life and work as a Christian minister.
Jean said: “Clergy and church leadership teams from all over the Diocese in Lancashire, including Diocesan Bishop Julian, came to listen to one of the key figures of recent Church of England history.”
Dr. Williams, now Baron Williams of Oystermouth, resigned as Archbishop of Canterbury in 2010 after 10 years in the post to become Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge.
He speaks or reads several languages, including Russian (learnt in six months!) and is married to Jane, a lecturer in theology.
The Harrison organ has been restored by the experienced firm of David Wells in Liverpool, who look after the organ at Liverpool Cathedral.
The first tones from the restored instrument were heard in June 2016 when David Ogden performed a recital for the fund. So far, £82,000 of the total cost has been raised by the appeal.