Presentation to Organ Restoration Fund

FoStJ was delighted to be able to present, on the 9th June 2021, the first £1,000 tranche of donations to the Church of St.John’s resulting from FoStJ’s Organ Appeal. The Organ’s story can be viewed HERE

L-R Mark Butcher-Treasurer of FoStJ ; Carole Burtonwood – Church Warden ; Rona Stuart-Bourne -Rector of St.John’s

Organ History and Recital

To celebrate the refurbishment achievement of our 140 year old William Hill Organ there will be a FREE On-line Organ Recital on the evening of the 14th April 2021. The programme will include the story of the evolution of this amazing instrument from installation in 1881 to the present day, an eclectic recital of organ music played by Mr. Mark Shepherd MA, FRCO, ARCM – Director of Music at Charterhouse School, and information about the Friends of St. John’s (FoStJ), Merrow.

CLICK HERE to register your interest in joining the Free Organ recital or accessing a recording if you can’t attend.


Although FoStJ is primarily focused on maintaining the fabric and grounds of StJohn’s Church for the community, we are also mindful of the concerns of our community in these difficult times. We therefore support the initiatives of those in our community.

Help or support can also be obtained from our local support community at or telephone the MRA secretary on 07928 809458.

Further information can also be found at

The PCC of St John the Evangelist  is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our community. For further information contact Rosanne Bond, Parish Safeguarding Officer on 01483 579462 or Rev. Rona Stuart-Bourne on 01483 572207. 

Update on the church organ

Our wonderful church organ is currently being cleaned and serviced so the rich tones will soon sound even better.

The work is being undertaken by organ repair specialists Alan and George, a father and son team who are working, on the 800 pipes of the organ in a tiny attic area, which looks out over the central aisle of the church.

It’s hoped the organ will be fully restored by October, but 800 pipes involves a lot of work!