churchmouse Posted February 26, 2011 Share Posted February 26, 2011 Hi everyone - forgive me the lateness of my posting but life has been difficult. No power, water, sewage and a very wobbly and deadly world as you will all no doubt have discovered. But about organs in Christchurch. I know some of you have started talking about the news that has filtered through, so I will attempt to summarise something of the little I know so far. The first major tragedy is the death of 2 of the SIOC men, Neil Stocker and Scott Lucy and one Christchurch helper, Paul Dunlop, when Durham Street Methodist Church collapsed as they were continuing their work to remove the organ after the damage from the Sept 4th quake. The 3 others escaped but I believe at least one is in hospital. He will no doubt post when he can, bless him. I am only grateful that at least he will be ok. As for the rest of Christchurch - you have seen the cathedral - they are recovering bodies now but since there is a cordon around the central district access to all major buildings is forbidden. This includes the Christchurch Town Hall and the Rieger, and access is forbidden there until at least March 15th, we are told, due to "structural damage". Gerhard Pohl and Marianne Kort who were working on the final stages of the new additions to the Rieger, have finally been reported as safe, although at this stage of course we have absolutely no further knowledge about the state of the organ itself. The gala concert to celebrate the additions and re-opening was scheduled for March 20th. The fate of organs in the rest of our flattened city? Go to either The Press or the New Zealand Herald to see for yourself and perhaps that will answer all questions. Oxford Terrace Baptist church is nothing but rubble; St John's Latimer Square is reported collapsed; Knox Presbyterian is a hollow shell with blue sky visible beyond the pipes you can see from the street. Rugby Street Methodist Church (now belonging to the Chinese Church) with its fine Croft organ now has lost the back wall, exposing the pipes to the elements and the church appears to be further severely damaged. While the present operations are of course focused on rescuing humans and helping the injured, and restoring services to our stricken city, you will understand that organs have to take a back seat. But I think I have it correct when I say the Dean of Christchurch was quoted as saying that at least 25 of the churches in his diocese have been very badly damaged. After all that we have gone through since September 4th, it is unbelievable to think that for those of us who remain, the rebuilding begins again. And just when we thought it was all over. The shots you see in the papers and on the television or YouTube are not remote areas of the world; they are common daily paths for us all and for the tourists who come here in their droves. Many of you will be able to recognise the remains of buildings the rubble-covered streets. Engineers are now hinting that perhaps a 3rd of the central city buildings will have to go. I don't know. I do know that there are still 220 people missing, with 123 confirmed dead. And I do know that the earth is still shaking. I will try to post any news as it comes to hand but that may not always be possible. Martin and I (and the cats!) are safe and unharmed. And unlike so many others in this city, we have a house still standing. Please keep the many people without their homes, food, water, electricity and jobs, in your hearts. And pray the rescue teams still find people alive in the rubble. Jenny Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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