Whilst trawling the internet for information on East Anglian village brass bands, I chanced on your website to read the very interesting account of the transfer of a Hoxne organ from Canterbury to Caterham. I mentioned this to our new local history group (of which I am a member) who were extremely interested in the story. I also contacted N.P. Manders [the organ manufacturers] who very kindly explained why a small village in North Suffolk should have the honour of having organs named after it. I received the following reply from John Mander.
It seems that the reason that this organ is called the "Hoxne" is that my father had a particular affinity for Hoxne because his mother was brought up in Hoxne, in what is now (I believe) called Abbey Farm. My grandmother was also an organist and knew many of the important organists of her time. She was born "Pike" and traces her family back to an organ builder called George Pike England in the 18th century.
By coincidence our present Churchwarden now lives in Abbey Farm and knew of the Manders, who still visit the farm on occasions.
With so much interest in the organ would it be possible please to send a photograph of it (and any other information) for inclusion in the Hoxne Heritage Group archives. (Done - webmaster)
Another coincidence exists in that I did my army training at the old Guards Depot in 1956 before joining the Band of the Irish Guards (very happy memories)
Thank you for your time in reading this and best wishes to all.