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Widow donates husband’s 10,500 organ to village
Published 01/09/14



VISITORS to Sonning Common village hall will be dancing to a new tune thanks to the donation of an organ.

Peggy Hamblin, 79, from Emmer Green, offered the Yamaha model because she is moving house and won’t have the room for it at her new home.

The instrument belonged to her late husband, Desmond, who died in 2002. He bought it for 10,500 and used to play it for family and friends.

Mrs Hamblin agreed to donate the instrument to the hall after chatting to her neighbour Colin Reynolds, who is a Sonning Common parish councillor. She said: “I was going to give it to a charity but my neighbour said he might like it for the hall.

“Desmond played piano as a child and when this model came out he bought it. I thought it was a lot of money to pay. He was a recreational player and he played when we had parties. I am sad to see it go.”


Asked if her husband was a good player, Mrs Hamblin joked: “No, not really — he thought he was, mind you.”

The organ was transported to the hall in Wood Lane by removal firm Wilkins of Henley free of charge. Mrs Hamblin gave a demonstration on how to use the instrument, which came with a floppy disc of pre-recorded music.

Sue Frayling-Cork, who chairs the village hall committee, presented Mrs Hamblin with an orchid plant and a card of thanks.

She said: “We have taken it on trial for a year and insured it for that time. The hall now has a piano and an organ for use. We are going to encourage people to make use of it. It could be set up for organised lessons if people wanted it.”

Councillor Reynolds said: “It is a nice piece of equipment. People in the village who can play it are more than welcome to come in and use it. It could be used during meals and dances.”

Published 01/09/14

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