Cecil Adams Organ Fund: Guidance Notes

Published: Monday April 30, 2018

The Cecil Adams Organ Fund exists through the generosity of the late Cecil Adams, who for many years was organist of Dursley and Diocesan Organs Adviser.


Grants may be made from the income of the Trust Fund towards repairs and maintenance, which includes cleaning (but not alterations) of pipe organs in Gloucester Diocese, subject only to priority being given whenever necessary to the organ at Dursley Church.  Work may include the cleaning and overhaul associated with importing a “new” secondhand pipe organ, but grants cannot be made towards purchase or transport costs.


For the avoidance of doubt, the term “church organ” is interpreted as referring only to pipe organs, and not to electronic instruments or harmonium or reed organs; hybrid pipe/digital organs are regarded as pipe organs.


Note that the Fund does not cover tonal or other alterations to the organ, but only repair and maintenance.  It may be necessary to ask your organ builder to price separately for any alteration work.   In cases of doubt, the Diocesan Advisory Committee, who administer the Fund, shall have final discretion as to whether work comes within the terms of the Trust or not.


The Advisory Committee cannot consider any application until:


1          the detailed proposals from the organ builder have been submitted and approved by

the Diocesan Organs Adviser, and


2          the application form has been satisfactorily completed.


Any grant offered cannot be paid to the PCC without prior issue of the necessary faculty, andevidence that the work has been satisfactorily completed.  In the case of substantial works, it may be possible to pay the grant before completion of the work provided the Diocesan Organs Adviser is satisfied that the work has reached an appropriate stage.


Grants not taken up within 18 months with automatically be cancelled, although where there is a genuine intention to proceed with the work, sympathetic consideration will be given to reinstating the grant, subject to funds being available.


Download the Application Form here:

Cecil Adams Organ Fund Application


NB:     When complete, the form should be sent to:


            DAC Secretary

            Church House

            College Green


            GL1 2LY

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