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www.tewkesburytownband.co.uk

Founded in the 1830s, ceased in 1937 but revived in 1974: 'Non-profit organisation run by volunteers. We receive no direct payments and rely on public generosity to purchase and maintain instruments and music, to keep us playing. Everyone is welcome to join the Training Band regardless of ability, as lessons and instruments are provided free of charge.'

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www.tewkesburyabbey.org.uk

'Tewkesbury Abbey, with its massive Norman tower, is one of the finest medieval churches in England. It is as wonderful an example of Norman architecture as can be found anywhere in the country. The townsfolk of Tewkesbury saved the building from destruction by purchasing it for £453 from King Henry VIII in 1540 at the dissolution of the monasteries ... When the Milton Organ was rebuilt in 1948, it was planned also to restore and enlarge the Grove Organ, making it playable from the Walker five-manual console. This scheme was not carried out, and eventually the organ was restored in 1980-81 by Messrs. Bishop and Son on "conservation" lines ...'

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