A Selection of Past Meetings

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The IBO has had many meetings offering interesting content and a chance to catch up. Here are some notes on some recent occasions ...

5th March 2022 - Waltham Abbey

We had a good turn-out to the first meeting of 2022 when we visited Waltham Abbey.... at last! The original date had been set for March 2020 but was of course cancelled due to COVID. The day begun with morning refreshments on arrival which included a selection of delicious cakes, much appreciated by all. Michael Blighton and consultant William McVicker gave presentations on the project which was completed by Mander Organs (London) in 2019. Abbey Director of Music, Jonathan Lilley, then demonstrated the organ for us. Members rounded the morning off by inspecting  inside the organ. Catering continued at the high standard set by the cakes with a superb lunch served in the Church Centre, within the Abbey's adjacent parkland. After lunch we had, on paper, a quick 8 mile trip into Hertfordshire to Newgate Street/Ponsboourne. However the Highways Department had different ideas and the local A10/M25 junction had been closed with all vehicles diverted along our route.... So we were a little late starting our afternoon session at the pretty church of St Mary's Ponsbuorne. Whilst waiting for everyone to make their way there, members had the oportunity to buy jams, pickles and other preserves from the church stall which did a fine trade on the day! William was once again consultant on this project - a restoration carried out by Mander Organs in 2013 and gave a talk about how the project came about, decisions made during the restoration, etc. He then also demonstrated the organ for us. All in all this was a very enjoyable day meeting and thanks go to William McVicker, Michael Blighton, jonathan Lilley, and Paul Minchinton at St Mary's for their help in all the necessary arrangements and participation on the day.