A WELLAND couple are sending out Christmas cards near and far to raise essential funds for the organ refurbishment at a Little Malvern church.
Bill and Charlotte Carver have been associated with St Wulstan’s Church for 30 years and are looking to support the project which is expected to cost about £75,000.
The organ, believed to have been played by Sir Edward Elgar himself, was in a run-down condition and has been dismantled and is now going through a complete overhaul from top to bottom.
Inspired by the impressive stained glass windows depicting The Nativity in St Wulstan’s Lady Chapel, parish priest Edward Crouzet invited Bill to take a photograph of them for the Christmas cards.
Charlotte then worked with a specialist printer to get them produced and they are available in four different colours.
The cards can be bought from St Wulstan’s on Sunday, November 19 between 11.30am and 12.30pm.
They will also be on sale at the Charity Christmas Card Shop at ARCOS, on Avenue Road, everyday between 10am and 4pm until December 18.
“We are delighted to be offering these unique Christmas cards for sale,” said Charlotte.
“With such a local focus I’m excited that the first order was from the USA.
“It came immediately we launched the website from a long-standing member of The Elgar Society who has since sent us the following feedback: ‘They are wonderful. Simple, elegant, tasteful. I am so pleased’.”
St Wulstun’s was built in 1862 and Elgar, as well as his wife and daughter, are buried in the churchyard.
The church’s organ was installed in 1870 by Nicholson & Co Ltd who have maintained it ever since it was put in place.
Elgar and his family, who lived in Craig Lea, worshipped at St Wulstan’s and it is believed the composer must have played the organ there at some point in his life.