Formation
The British Organ Grinders Association was set up in 1991 by Peter Churchard,  along with a handful of British enthusiasts who decided that some kind of club was needed for hand-turned organ enthusiasts.  Since those days, the British Organ Grinders' Association has grown to over 300 members all over the world.
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Why Join BOGA?
Anybody with an interest in hand-turned organs can join.  You do not need to own an organ to join BOGA, and you do not need to live in the United Kingdom.
The association produces a newsletter: Organ Grinders News, which is sent free to members four times a year.
There are also two meetings a year for members to get together, usually at a mechanical music museum or similar venue.
The UK subscription is just £15 per year.
Overseas subscriptions are available on application

What's New?
NEW! The BOGA official leaflet. Our official leaflet was launched at the 2019 AGM, and copies were given out to members as an aid to increasing membership and awareness of the Society. Click here to download a PDF of the leaflet.
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If you cannot print or download, you can get copies of the leaflet by writing, with an SAE, to John Webb, the Membership Secretary, whose address is on this page.
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Each year, on the final programme of the BBC2 quiz series Only Connect, a guest instrumentalist is invited to play the theme tune and other music. This year BOGA chairman Eric Dilks, suited, booted and top-hatted, was seen on the programme hand-turning the opening and closing theme tunes on his John Smith Topsy organ.

You can view his virtuoso performance by accessing the BBC i-player, going to the Only Connect section and selecting series 14, programme 28 - OR -  see it on YouTube

How do I Join
If you would like to join BOGA you can email the membership secretary, or write to: John Webb, 36 Rochester Way, Twyford, Banbury, Oxon. OX17 3JX.

You can also download and print a Membership Application Form which contains additional information and upon which you can enter your personal details.

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the Grand March  Hoch Heidecksburg
arranged for a 31 note Street Organ
by Melvyn Wright
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BOGA Steering Committee Members
   Founder - Peter Churchard
   President: Ernie Thomas
   Chairman: Eric Dilks
   Treasurer:  Andy Hinds email
   Secretary/Newsletter Ed: Karen Dilks email
   Membership Secretary: John Webb email
   Member Representative Jeremy Brice email
   Shirley's Fund:  Margaret Dilks
   Member without Portfolio: Peter Buckeridge
   Webmaster:    Don Johnson email

The picture at the top of the page was taken at an event at Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings,