Chance for families to play a WOOFYT at church in Upton

A WOOFYT with its inventor Jeremy Sampson

A WOOFYT with its inventor Jeremy Sampson - Credit: Archant

It is a bizarre instrument which is said to bridge the gap between the world of art and science.

And this weekend, members of the public will have the chance to build and play their very own WOOFYT.

Throughout this week, school pupils have been taking part in workshops at St Margaret's Church in Upton to learn about the instrument.

The Wooden One-Octave Organ for Young Technicians is created using everyday items and requires an air pump to work.

Chris Bond, one of the organisers of the St Margaret's Church Upton Organ Restoration & Discovery Project said: 'The WOOFYT workshop is described as a workshop where science meets the arts and it's a fun way of finding out what goes on behind the front pipes of the organ.


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'Involving local schools and the community is a vital element of the project and we want the Holdich organ, when restoration is completed, to be enjoyed by everyone. We do hope lots of people come and along and take part not only in building the WOOFYT but having a go at playing it too.'

The activity week is part of a project to restore the church's 1865 Holdich organ, which received £72,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Public workshops take place tomorrow (Saturday) from 9.30am to 11am and from 11.30am to 1pm.

There is free tea, coffee and cake and a chance to find out more about the project to restore the organ.

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