St Ives Rotary Club has extended its thanks to everyone who donated their unwanted musical instruments for a special project.

To date, more than 50 instruments were handed over, including many guitars, violins, keyboards and clarinets.

Donations also included a flute, recorder, ukuleles, French horn, bugle, trumpets, accordion, mouth organs, and even a set of bongos.

Rotary project organizer, Adrian Acton, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the number and quality of the instruments donated to us. The kind generosity of those who have donated them is very much appreciated.

“I would also thank the Hunts Post, Slepe Hall Hotel, St Ives, and Wellington Wise Estate Agents, St Ives, for acting as drop off points for this project and Nick Thompson of JD Music, Newlands Industrial Estate, Somersham for all his help with providing spare parts, strings, cases etc.

“The instruments have now been cleaned, serviced and restrung, where necessary, and will now be distributed to our local schools so that pupils who might like to take up music but are unable to afford to purchase an instrument can now do so. Our aim is to encourage more youngsters to take up and enjoy music.”

Any schools who have not yet let Adrian know that they would like to receive some of the instruments are asked to contact him at or 01480 464268 by November 10, when the project ends.