A Victorian pipe organ in a Grade 1 listed Pulborough church has been left damp, unusable and wrapped in plastic sheeting.
Rector Father Paul Welch said he discovered water leaking from above the organ at St Mary’s Church in London Road and had to react quickly to prevent any damage to the historic instrument.
He said: “We had no choice but to cover it in plastic to protect it and use a much inferior modern electronic organ until we can solve the problem.
“The real problem is we do not know where the water is coming from and what it might take to fix it.”
The church’s organist and choirmaster, Alan Robinson, said: “The inability to use the pipe organ is a disaster. We cannot now use this high quality instrument for musical events or to support our hymn singing.
“This means that events that we run to raise money for maintaining the churchyard will go, as well our ability to give pleasure to many who attend our organ concerts.”
Peter Gregory, the buildings manager, said: “The problem with water getting into a building is that it is very difficult to establish the real source of the problem and so often the problem has existed a long time before it is noticed and the damage as a consequence is often quite extensive.
“We have commissioned experts to establish the cause and the extent of the damage to the building and the organ, but I worry that the solution will be expensive and it will need money that the church does not have.
“We are doubtful if it will be covered by insurance.”
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