Peter Pan church brought back to life
THE future looks bright for St Mary’s, the Episcopal church in Kirriemuir, Scotland, where the funeral of Peter Pan author Sir James Barrie was held in 1937. Designed by architect Sir Ninian Comper at the start of the 20th century, the Grade-a building, which features a stainedglass window dedicated to the Barrie family, has secured a joint grant of £191,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland. This, together with a legacy from a local teacher and contributions from several trusts, will allow the church to carry out essential work to the roof and masonry, as well as an internal refurbishment.
‘I’m thrilled that the work has now started,’ declares Rev Canon Dr Robert Harley, Rector of St Mary’s. ‘A long spell of dry weather has meant that the builders have been able to devote themselves to their task unhindered. I look forward to seeing St Mary’s restored to its former glory.’
The renovation work should be completed by September, with a re-dedication and Thanksgiving service planned for the Harvest Festival in October.