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The Society


Hand-Turned Organ Owners and Enthusiasts



The Society


Hand-Turned Organ Owners and Enthusiasts


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?

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.
Once you are a member, you can avail yourself of our public liability insurance scheme: - annual public liability insurance for
LESS THAN the price of a pint.

A Message from the Membership Secretary /Treasurer

A reminder to all members that your 2023 subs become due from 1st January 2023.
Details of how to pay are included in the Winter newsletter.

In the meantime, I would just like to wish all our members
a Good Christmas and a Happy New Year.


What's New?

OFFER of MIDI Organs
Note a revision of prices on the Sales/Wants page

PPLPRS Licence

Some members have been enquiring about PPLPRS licences.  If you click on this link you will find the part of the PPLPRS tariffs relevant to the hand-turned organ

Risk Assessments
Some members have been asked to provide a risk assessment for organ grinding at various - generally council run - events. If members would like a copy of the BOGA risk assessment, they should email the Acting Treasurer, who will be happy to send you one

The BOGA 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. The stock of copies has now run out but you can still download and print a copy from this website. Click here to download a PDF of the leaflet.   (Use your browser's 'Save As' or 'Print' functions as required, then the 'Back' button to return to this page.

New Article added
An Alternative Approach to MIDI
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If you would like to join BOGA you can email the Acting Membership Secretary, write to him: Ian Dickinson, 16, Heathfield Grove, Chilwell, Nottingham, NG9 5EB, or 'phone 07593 839116.

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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BOGA Steering Committee Members
   Founder - Peter Churchard
   President: John Webb
   Chairman: Eric Dilks
   Acting Treasurer:  Jeremy Brice email
   Secretary/Newsletter Ed: Karen Dilks email
   Acting Membership Secretary: Ian Dickinson email
   Member Representative Jeremy Brice email
   Shirley's Fund:  Margaret Dilks
   Facebook Representative Ian Dickinson
   Members without Portfolio: Peter Buckeridge
Lynn Brice
   Webmaster:    Don Johnson email

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