Locks Heath Rotary supporting the local community

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On a warm summer evening in August, the Rotary Club of Locks Heath visited the Titchfield Festival Theatre ( to see the theatre being renovated and the restoration of a special piece of musical history for the south coast of England.

The Compton theatre organ was first used in a Southampton theatre in the 1930’s, and was heard entertaining the troops during WWII.  It was used there until the 1970’s when it was removed and fell into disrepair.

Thanks to theatre organ enthusiasts, including Rotarian Chris Milburn, this fabulous musical instrument was bought back from East Anglia and is how being restored and rebuilt in the theatre.  Taking time, money and love, it is expected that this multi-faceted, magical and LOUD organ will be fully restored within the next few months and supporting the theatre in its programme of entertainment.

Rotarians were treated to some amazing music from the nearly finished organ before transferring the Titchfield Tithe Barn ( for a summer BBQ and lively chat.

For more information about the Compton theatre organ, see this Youtube video starring Chris.