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The Society


Hand-Turned Organ Owners and Enthusiasts



The Society


Hand-Turned Organ Owners and Enthusiasts


It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of our President, Ernie Thomas, who died on the 7th of July.

Ernie was an excellent Society President and preservationist, with a story and a smile for all.

He will be sorely missed by everyone and our thoughts are with his family at this sad time


Ernie's funeral will be at the Milton Keynes crematorium on 29th July at 2 pm

We are deeply saddened to have to announce the death of one of our stalwart BOGA Members. Dennis Deane passed away on Friday morning, 22nd July, in hospital following a recent fall at his home; just days after celebrating his 96th Birthday.

His organ building skills, kindness, generosity, knowledge, sense of humour and caring nature will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

Funeral details will be posted here as soon as they are received.

Our love and deepest condolences are sent to Doreen.


Dennis Deane’s funeral will take place at 1.45pm on Thursday 18th August at

The Milton Chapel, Amersham Crematorium, Whielden Lane, Amersham, HP7 0ND.


Doreen has requested that members attending wear their BOGA badges and hats/costumes if you wish.

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 the price of a pint.

What's New?

AGM Arranged
Our AGM has been arranged. Please see the Events tab for further information

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 Treasurer, who will be happy to send you one

Please look at the Events tab - new events in Kent and West Sussex added
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).

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How do I Join ?
If you would like to join BOGA you can email the acting  secretary, or write to: Andy Hinds, 281 Malden Way, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 5QW.

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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
   Acting Membership Secretary: Andy Hinds email
   Member Representative Jeremy Brice email
   Shirley's Fund:  Margaret Dilks
   Member without Portfolio: Peter Buckeridge
   Webmaster:    Don Johnson email

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