From Mr Paul Ellis
Sir, — You will be aware that a devastating earthquake has afflicted our city of Christchurch. In fact, three earthquakes (4 September and 26 December 2010, and 22 February) have damaged and disrupted New Zealand’s most “English city”.
The Church of St Michael and All Angels predated the Cathedral, now seriously damaged, by many years. Our historic Victorian Gothic wooden church has survived almost unscathed, and is the only habitable church in use in the central city. The 1872 Bevington three-manual pipe organ, however, will have to be removed for repairs and renovation.
We are seeking donations to help us meet the $NZ500,000 cost. While Christchurch Cathedral, shortly to be deconsecrated, has attracted wide publicity, St Michael’s has not, but is trying desperately to conduct its vibrant musical and Christian ministry as usual.
It will take many years for the rubble to be cleared and for lives to be restored to some degree of normality. If any reader wishes to donate to our organ appeal, we would be delighted. The parish website is to be found at www.churchandschool.org.nz.
Director of Music, St Michael and
All Angels, Christchurch
76 Fisher Avenue, Beckenham
Christchurch 8023, New Zealand