2010 Events

Lynda & ChrisTina played duets at events unless stated

Earlsdon shopping centre 27 March
Lynda attended

Notts & Lieicester Steam & Transport 1-3 May
Melton Mowbray

BOGA Spring Event & AGM 15-23 May
Snibston Discovery park, Coalville
Lynda attended

Festival of country Life 29-31 May
Lamport Hall

Amateur Organ Builders Event 29-5 June
Lavenham (we attend 1-4 June only)

Southern counties Organ Festival 5/6 June
Middle Wallop

Edith Weston Vintage Fayre 12/13 June
near Rutland water

Coppice Steam 19/20 June

Dunchurch village Fete 26 June-
ChrisTina attended

 Aldsworth village fete 3 July
(near Burford)

Rally in the valley 17/18 July

Northampton & Lamport railway 24/25 July
Vintage gathering

Boga Rural Life Centre 31-8 August
Tilford Lynda attended

Ruddington 4th pheonix rally 14/15 August
Great central railway Nottingham
- ChrisTina attended

Lincoln Show 21/22 August

GDSF 1-5 September
Lynda attended

Spondon 11 Sept-
ChrisTina attended

Dog Show 12 Sept
Near Spondon- ChrisTina attended

Kettering Vintage rally 25/26 Sept

Organ Event 9/10 October
Milton Keynes

Midland Model Engineering Show 15-19 October

Bonfire party 5 November
Barnwell- ChrisTina attended

Lime tree Church fayre 13 November
Lynda attended

Barwell Victorian event & xmas lights 27 November
- ChrisTina attended

Northampton & Lamport railway 4/5 December
Santa special- ChrisTina attended

Earlsdon late night shop 9 December
Lynda attended

Northampton & Lamport railway 11/12 December
Santa special- ChrisTina attended

Earlsdon late night shop 16 December
Lynda attended

Northampton & Lamport railway 18/19 December
Santa special - ChrisTina attended

Earlsdon xmas eve am.




2009 Events Attended


First a big thank you to all those people who helped fill our collection bucket

So far we have raised 3032 towards Coventry Myton Hospice appeal (January 2009)

This is in addition to special event appeals during the past years

Little Downham 21 March
Always a good start to the season. Shall be taking the 20 note organ

Stanford hall Steam & country 2 - 4 May

BOGA Swindon steam museum 9/10 May

BOGA Forest of Dean Heritage centre Gloucester 11 - 17 May

Lamport Hall 23 - 25 May

Coppice Steam, Trowell 13/14 June

Dunchurch village fete 27 June

Aldsworth Village Fete 11 July
near Burford
This was the first outing for Lynda who played duets with ChrisTina

Long Eaton 18/19 July
Lynda & ChrisTina

Wymeswold 25/26 July
Lynda & ChrisTina

Barleylands 1-9 August

Rockingham 15/16 August
Lynda & ChrisTina

Lincoln 22/23 August
Lynda & ChrisTina

Every Disabled Child in Leister matters 25 August

GDSF 2- 6 September

Daventry Mop Fair 19/20 September

Kettering Vintage rally 26/27 September
Lynda & ChrisTina

Milton Keynes Museum 10/11 October
Lynda & ChrisTina

Model Engineering Show 16 - 20 October
Lynda & ChrisTina

Barnwell Bonfire night 5 November

Ansty Social club Bonfire Party 7 November

Bedford victorian Festival 11-13 December

Earlsdon Street late night shopping  17 December
24 December morning

2 hour Christmas Concert Outside our home
22 - 25 December
Lynda & ChrisTina


2008 Events

Little Downham 29 March
Always a good start to the season. Shall be taking the 26 note universal

Coventry Motor Museum 20 April
We are organising this first time event with 6 hand turned organs attending

Erewash Country Show Long Eaton 26/27 April

Twinwoods 3/5 May
This was a very low key event with only 3 organs. Mine being the biggest

Black Country Museum 10 May
BOGA AGM Hand turn

Basingstoke 13/17 May
Handturn A very well run event with a good programe of outings

Lamport Hall 24/26 May

Atherstone Fun Day 7 June

Catton Hall 8 June

Ilfracombe 14/15 June

Dunchurch village fete 21 June

Alfreton 28/29 June

Aldsworth Village Fete 5 July
near Burford

Milton Keynes 13 July- event cancelled

Coventry motor museum 21 & 24 July

Wymeswold 26/27 July

Lavenham 27 July/3 August
Amateur organ builders meeting with lots of interest - handturn

Coventry Building society 5 August

Rockingham 9/10 August

Lincoln 16/17 August

GDSF 27/31 August

Nuneaton Hand turned Organ Festival 13 September

Kettering Vintage rally 20/21 September

Widness 27/28 September

Twinwoods Glen miller museum 11/12 October

Model Engineering Show 17 - 21 October

Barnwell Bonfire night 5 November

Earlsdon Street late night shopping
4,11 & 18 December 5 - 8 pm each evening

Kingsbury water Park "Santa Special"
13/14 December

Visit Old Peoples home
16 December - handturn

2 hour Christmas Concert Outside our home
22 - 25 December



2007 Events
In spite of the floods we still managed to attend 20 separate events as listed below

Little Downham 31 March
"ChrisTina" attended the first event of the season

Truck Run North Newington 15 April
"ChrisTina" attended

Wollaton Hall 5/6 May
We cancelled this because Tina was recovering from her back operation

Belvoir Castle 19/20 May
"ChrisTina" attended. Nice rally weather ok

Lamport hall 26/27 May
"ChrisTina" attended. Wet & cold! Played for only 1 1/2 hours on Sunday. Most people including us left Monday morning

Atherstone Fun Day 2 June
"ChrisTina" attended this 1/2 day event. First outing with our new generator

St Oswalds Fete Coventry 9 June
"ChrisTina" attended this nice small church fete opened by Lord Mayor

Gressenhall Workhouse Museum Norfolk 16/17 June
"26 note handturned" attended. Saturday wet so played in the church. Sunday dry played outside

Bloxham steam 23/24 June
We cancelled this due to wet & mud

Long Eaton 29/1 July
Cancelled due to site flooded!
Managed to find a local village Fete instead at Thurlaston Saturday pm

Keresley Village Fete 7 July

Myton Hospice Fete 8 July
This is who we collect for

Box Trees Grind 14/15 July
 A nice quiet weekend for a mixture of handturned organs. Out of 11 organs 3 were home build. Again wet on Sunday.

Wymeswold 28/29 July
Cancelled. the farmer could not harvest his crops in time for the rally

Lavenham Vintage Fun day 5 August
hand turned

Rockingham 11/12 August
"Christina" attended

Lincoln 18/19 August
"Christina" attended another wet event!

GDSF 29/2 September
26 note handturned

Widness 29/30 September
"Christina" attended

Twinwoods 13/14 October
"Christina" attended

Barnwell fireworks 5 November
near Corby -2 hours "ChrisTina" attended

Coventry Motor museum 5 December
late night Shopping - 3 hours

Earlsdon Street late night shopping
6, 13 & 20 December 2 hours each evening

1 1/2 hour Christmas Concert Outside our home
21 - 25 December


Events Attended in 2006

Little Downham 25 March
"ChrisTina" attended

Borrowash 15/16 April
"ChrisTina" attended

Wollaton 29/30 April
"ChrisTina" attended

Catton Hall 13/14 May
"ChrisTina" attended

Belvior Castle 20/21 May -refused (on list for 07)

Lamport Hall 27/28 May
"ChrisTina" attended (Mud-most people had to be towed on & off)

Rollcutter Event Ramsgate 6 - 11 June
All 3 organs attended

Bloxham Steam 24/25 June
"ChrisTina" attended

Hollowell 1/2 July
"ChrisTina" attended

Stoke in Steam 8/9 July
This event has been cancelled due to cost

Hunstanton 15/16 July (hand turned)
26 note organ attended

Wymeswold 22/23 July
"ChrisTina" attended
(motorhome broke down at entrance of site, towed into place
be another organ & AA relay home!)

Erewash 29/30 July
2 hand turned

Corby 4/6 August
"ChrisTina" attended

Rockingham Castle 12/13 August
"ChrisTina" attended

Lincoln 19/20 August
2 hand turned

Dorset 30 - 3 September
All 3 organs attended

Tractor w/e 9/10 September
"ChrisTina" attended

Widnes 23/24 September
"ChrisTina" attended

Twinwoods 7/8 October
"ChrisTina" attended

Model Engineering Show 13 - 18 October
"ChrisTina" attended

Barnwell fireworks 5 November
near Corby -2 hours "ChrisTina" attended

St. Oswalds Church fayre 2 December


Events in 2005

Wollaton Park Notts 30 April - confirmed

Catton Hall 14,15 May - confirmed

Rollcutter.com Margate 28-30 May - confirmed

Atherstone fun day 4 June

Single Cylinder Tractor show Southam 18,19 June

Bloxham Banbury 25,26 June

Stoke in Steam 16,17 July
(Best in static display award)

Life boat BBQ 27 July

Long Eaton 30 31 July

Lincoln 20,21 Aug

Dorset 27-4 Sept

Scarecrow day 17 Sept

Widnes 24 25 Sept

Midlands Model Engineering show 14-19 Oct
(commended award for midi organ)

Twinwood organ festival 29,30 Oct

Brownshill green garden centre- Santa arrival 19 November

Xmas fete Allesley playgroup 3 December


 Events Attended in 2004

Little Downham 27 March
    This was a very nice (but cold) start to the season

"Roll Cutter" Gathering 1 - 4 May

Newark & Nottingham Show 8 - 9 May
    we decided to cancel this one as they wanted us to pay to attend

Lamport Steam & Country Festival 30/31 May
    A nice sized show! We were positioned near the trade stands so not too much noise to distract from the music

Trentham Gardens Stoke in Steam 10 - 11 July
    A much improved park which will be great when finished. The only problem we had was that one of the PA speakers pointed straight into our display but was turned round after a friendly word!

Hunstantan 17 - 18 July
    Has always been good. The hospitality was first class. Shame about the rain on the Sunday

Welland Steam & country Fair 23 - 25 July
    Turned down for this one

Wymeswold 24 - 25 July
        A nice friendly show with plenty of hand turned organs. Weather was perfect.

Lincoln 21 - 22 Aug
    A good large show with lots of organs in play Saturday night.
The AOBs had a good display & plenty of interest.

Great Dorset Steam Fair 1- 5 September
    This one is not to be missed, it's going to be very busy for us, attempting to
    build an organ during the show!!

WE DID IT. The organ was built with tine to spare & not one but two new pieces of music arranged to be played on it. The AOB marquee was busy all the time. This was defiantly a showcase for us.

Widnes Show 26 - 25 September
    Is an organ enthusiasts event with about 50 organs,  large and small
The Dorset organ was sold here and all the money will be sent to the Macmillan nurses fund

Chasewater Park 2 - 3 October
applied but did not get a reply!

Donington park model show 18/19 Oct
At this show my 26 note organ gained a commended certificate in the miscellaneous section


Article published in Coventry Evening Telegraph

John's major key to festive fundraising!

Dec 18 2004


By Alan Harris


MUSIC man John Pettifer is set to bring festive cheer to his Coventry street - by playing carols on a mechanical organ outside his home.

The keen grandad is wheeling his self-built labour of love on to his drive for nightly performances in the run-up to Christmas.

Mr Pettifer, of Ladbrook Road, Eastern Green, says he has already got a fanbase - his neighbours who can't get enough of his tunes!

The 61-year-old is looking forward to the novel "gigs" which will start on Monday, in aid of Myton Hospice.

He said: "The neighbours like it, I've never had a complaint from them - it's quieter than a pop group!"

Mr Pettifer, a former church organist, spent two years making the instrument which is similar to a fairground organ.

The eye-catching music-maker, which is worth about 10,000, features 130 pipes, a glockenspiel and a small drum kit.

Wind is blown through the pipes using an electric blower, aided by a small computer to play the correct notes.

The organ is called ChrisTina in tribute to a close friend, Christine, who recently died of cancer, and his wife, Tina.

Mr Pettifer, a former technician at Coventry University, has previously made two other organs, but is putting the finishing touches to his latest creation.

He will give it a trial run outside his home for about an hour from 6.30pm in the run-up to Christmas.

Any donations will go to Myton Hospice.

Mr Pettifer, who has two grownup children and two grandchildren, said: "The sounds are all working and I'm just painting it up. "It's never been out to the public before so this will be its debut outing."

Mr Pettifer, who belongs to the Amateur Organ Builders Group, aims to hire out the organ for bookings from next Easter.

He attends various steam fairs and country rallies to display and demonstrate his instruments.

He transports his latest creation in a converted trailer, previously owned by the RSPCA, which he bought on auction website eBay.

Details of his organ-building and performances are included on his own website www.petbusker.co.uk



Events Attended 2003

Little Downham 29 March

Nottingham Steam & country show 26/27 April

BoxTrees craft centre 10/11 May

Lamport steam & country Festival 25/26 May

Ashby Magna Midsummer Vintage Festival 14/15/June

Hunstanton 19/20 July

Lincolnshire steam & vintage rally 16/17 August

Great Dorset steam fair 27-31 August

Catton Hall Steam & Country Show 6/7 September

Donington park model show 18/19 Oct

Methodist church bazaar 8 Nov




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