The community of Edington turned out in force to help dismantle the village church’s 1905 Henry Jones organ at the weekend, before it was transported to its new home in Tallinn.
It was taken to The Gustav Adolf Grammar School in Estonia on Sunday, after about 20 villagers helped a team from Tallinn, which included headteacher Hendrieck Agur, dismantle the organ.
The organ is a gift from Edington Parochial Church Council to the school, which paid to transport it and will arrange restoration work.
It will be replaced by a new organ currently being built by Harrison and Harrison in Durham, which will be installed in the church by Easter, with the official opening planned for this year’s Edington Music Festival.
Sue Lowery, an administrator for Edington Organ Project, said: “The lorry from Tallinn arrived on Friday morning and work started on the same day, with the help from a group of people in the village.
“It was hard work and it went on throughout Friday and Saturday, with some of the parts requiring a number of people to load them into the van. The people from Tallinn were taken with how willing the local people were to help.”
Edington Organ Project, which was set up two years ago to raise the £437,000 needed for the church’s new organ, reached its target following last year’s music festival in August.
Members of the project have now been invited by the school to visit Tallinn in June for a festival of music, which will include the official unveiling of the old organ.