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THE HISTORY of the SOCIETY
This year 2013 the Society calibrates its 40th anniversary , to mark the occasion a dinner was held at the Strathmore Hotel Morecambe on the 27th of March, members and guests enjoyed a meal followed by a free raffle before being entertained by some of the members on a Tyros 4. There are some photos of the event in our Photo Gallery.
All present were given a 40th Anniversary Souvenir Booklets
The society was originally the Grange and District Organ Society which was formed in 1973 by a group of enthusiasts who met at each others homes and decided to expand, they started to meet at the Netherwood Hotel in Grange there object being to spread their knowledge and encourage the playing of the electronic organ.
Local dealers offered to teach on the Wednesday evenings and loaned an organ for the occasion. After a time the committee borrowed money from some of the members and bought their own organ. Tea dances and other events were held to eventually pay them back.
Membership fluctuated over the years but it was never a large society. Eventually the programme of two monthly Wednesday meetings was extended to include a monthly concert by a professional organist, a format which is still used today. Some members still remember the struggle to get a Hammond organ, which was borrowed from the Furness society, up the steps into the hotel for these early concerts.
After the closure of the Lunesdale Organ Society, based in Morecambe, a few stalwarts from Morecambe travelled to Grange which helped to boost the diminishing numbers. In 2006 it was decided to change the name to The Bay Organ & Keyboard Society in order to more accurately describe the area from which members belonged.
By this time the society had moved from the Netherwood Hotel to Grange Parish Hall in the hope of attracting more members. This did not materialise plus there were added complications with the entertainments license, so early in 2007 it was reluctantly decided to move away from Grange. Our present premises at St Christopher’s Hall on St Christopher’s Way , Morecambe, became available so the move was made. After two concerts and six Wednesday meetings in 2007 it became apparent that the society had made the right decision, although there were a few disappointed members from Grange, the society is looking to a bright future.