It is always risky holding coffee mornings in January because of the chance of bad weather - a miserable rainy morning can mean that people won't come out and the same goes for snow.  However on Friday we decided to go ahead even though snow had been falling steadily for several hours.  Fortunately Saturday was a fairly bright morning and people did brave the cold to come for the Musical Bite, which this time was a talk illustrated with photos and videos of fairground and street organs (and some church organs).  The talk was basically a history of how I came to be an apprentice organ builder for 4 years in my 20s and the fun this has provided for me and my family ever since.

On Friday evening, while the snow was still falling, we brought the small street organ my husband is building on its pram to the parish hall as well as my woodcarving work in progress for the decorative facade.  The sledge was handy for carrying things in the snow and it became a family outing for all of us.

Saturday morning the organ fund team did the final setting up for the coffee morning, and the first people arrived soon after 10am.  The audience was a reasonable size by the time the talk started at 10:30 am, and had expanded even more by the time I was taking questions nearly an hour later.

Lesley, David, Dai, Dave, Kath, Nina, Fiona and Kieran all helped on the day so all I had to think about was talking!  I've been told that people want the talk repeated at a later date, as several people missed the beginning, so another time we'll advertise a start time for the talk, and have a short interval for refilling cups!

Despite the weather we raised £118.65 for the organ fund, which was a great result considering how cold it was outside (the hall was cosy though).  I'd like to thank everyone who came and supported the organ fund at this musical bite and who have been kind enough to tell me they enjoyed it and found it interesting.

Setting up

Setting up

During the talk

During the talk

Explaining the keyframe

Explaining the keyframe

The little street organ

The little street organ