WIMBORNE Minster has launched a new appeal to raise £1million to repair and rebuild its organ.

The Minster Makes Music Appeal will raise the funds for the organ and also establish a music foundation which will “develop the music in the minster.”

Celebrating 900 years in 2020, the historic minster is busy throughout the year supporting and welcoming the local community as well as visitors from all over the world.

Andrew Curtis, chairman of the appeal committee, said: “We want to keep the sound of music firmly in the minster.“The overall cost is estimated to be in the regionof £1million and if fundraising goes well, we envisage work will commence in the autumn with completion in 2021.

“I would like to ask the community, individuals and businesses, to support us by making a donation, creating a fundraising event, attending our events, or by volunteering in some way.”

Wimborne mayor Cllr Shane Bartlett described the minster as “the jewel at Wimborne’s centre with a wealth of history and heritage.”

“The organ is a vital part of the rich fabric of the Minster and plays a central role in church services and concerts and I am encouraging you to join me and support this charity appeal.”

Visit minstermakesmusic.co.uk for information.