St Mary & St Margaret - Castle Bromwich Parish Church


The Project Launch

Sunday 14 October saw the launch of the Castle Bromwich Organ Restoration Appeal. Following the Sunday service, at 11.45 am our church organist Martin Bates demonstrated what this old organ is still capable of and told a little of its history. 


Each week after the 10 am Parish Communion Service, our organist Martin Bates plays a requested piece of music in return for a donation to the Organ Restoration Fund. Pieces are chosen just for pleasure or may be dedicated in memory or celebration of a person or event. Get in touch!

April - J.S.Bach, D minor Two-Part Invention.

May - J.S.Bach, Goldberg Variations

        - Mendelssohn, Wedding March.

June - George Frederick Handel, Organ Concerto Op.4 No.6

        - Vaughan-Williams, The Lark Ascending. 

        - Mozart, Clarinet Quintet

July  - Hubert Parry 'I was glad' composed for the Coronation of Edward VII

August - Elgar, Pomp & Circumstance March

September - Rogers & Hammerstein, Oh what a beautiful morning

October - Sheep may safely graze, J S Bach

It is remarkable what Martin can coax out of this old organ, but he tells us he is careful which notes he plays - some keys stick and keep on playing and some don't play at all!



Martin gives to talks to local groups about the history of the organ. He has recently visited the North Arden Local History Society, St Mary & St Margaret's Mothers' Union and Yardley & Sheldon Rotary Club.

If you would like to book him for your organisation, do get in touch!

Visiting organist


We were pleased to welcome a visiting organist, Margaret Croucher, organist at Giles church, Sheldon, who played for us during the Heritage Open Day in September. 

Quiz Night


On Saturday 10 November the bellringers held a Quiz night

in aid of the Organ Restoration Appeal. Nearly £400 was raised!
Thank you, bellringers.