Ryan Edwards on stage 13 February 2012

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Medway Organ and Keyboard Club

Telephone Number :  01634 234694

Email address :  brian.leonard1943@gmail.com

Contact name :  Brian Leonard

Venue address : The Parkwood Community Centre, Parkwood Green, Rainham, Kent, ME8 9PN

About Medway Organ and Keyboard Club

The Medway Organ Club was founded in 1969 by John Edwards and Jim Layzell of Medway Organs, together with a group of local organ enthusiasts.  The Club was started at "The Ash Tree Public House" in Chatham and after a number of moves, both large and small, we are now based at the Parkwood Community Centre, Parkwood Green, Rainham, Kent  ME8 9PN.

During 2010 the Community Centre underwent a massive renovation and is entirely different to how it used to be. We have an overhead video projector and drop down screen to focus on the artiste's keyboards, and a second screen to show the pedals. The main camera is raised on a bespoke high mast and boom to give an excellent viewpoint; the hall has permanent lighting specifically provided for our concerts. The stage has been designed for us with a system where a section of it can be swung over to form a ramp to enable easier access for heavy organs.

The seating area has been much enhanced with new comfortable seats, with most folk sitting theatre style and some at individual tables; we are hoping to be able to increase the capacity beyond our present 140.  The hall has a kitchenette with an oven so that we can continue to provide our famed "hot sausage rolls" during the interval. Tea, coffee and cakes are also available. There is a "loop" system installed (currently awaiting commissioning), and a new bar area serving a variety of drinks.

Guests are made welcome at our meetings and members of other clubs often visit us.

As well as the excellent selection of professional musicians booked to play for us, a club member is invited to play a preamble for half an hour prior to the concert.  Often this is on our club's Yamaha EL40 organ, or alternatively on an instrument brought for the occasion.  A raffle usually takes place at the end of the interval.

In 2009  the club celebrated its 40th anniversary with our Vice President, Jim Layzell, playing for us.  Jim took everyone back to 1969 when the club was formed with anecdotes about its formation, the trials and tribulations, and music from that time.  Doug Morgan, one of the members who joined the club shortly after its formation, played the preamble.  The evening was enjoyed by all who attended, both "old" members and those who have joined since.  Please see the photos in our gallery.

There is a large, free public car park adjacent to the hall. The needs of wheelchair users are fully accommodated.  Please note that some satellite navigation devices, and the map provided on this website, are a little inaccurate in locating the hall;  the hall shares its car park with an easily visible church (St Paul's).


The club usually meets on the second Monday of each month at 7.00pm for 7.30pm, finishing soon after 10.00pm.

Subscription: £12.00 full members, £10.00 senior citizens.

Members admission: £4.00

Visitors admission: £5.00

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Medway Organ and Keyboard Club's Photo Gallery

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Medway Organ and Keyboard Club's Concert Diary

March 9thMichael Wooldridge (more details)

With special guest Gareth Thompson on Drums

May 11thChris Powell (more details)

Now cancelled

June 8thIan House (more details)

Now cancelled

September 14thJon Smith
October 12thDavid Thomas
November 9thJohn Cooper
December 14thElizabeth Harrison
February 8thMichael Wooldridge (more details)

With top drummer Gareth Thompson

April 12thLee Dewsnap
May 10thChris Powell
August 9thPhil Brown CT FVCM HonVCM MCP MCDST