Neigh bother to visit Old St Michael’s event
History at heart of Crieff pulls in visitors and Murphy!
Old St Michael’s Churchyard in Crieff welcomed more than 100 visitors recently as part of Doors Open Days Scotland.
People of all ages, many of whom had travelled to Crieff especially for the event, gathered to hear storytelling and songs from Scottish best-selling author Jess Smith, and music from the Blackford Fiddlers.
Crieff has its own horse-in-residence, Murphy, and he stopped by to the delight of everyone.
There was great interest in the history and genealogy tent from locals and tourists alike, looking to see if they might have ancestors interred there.
Members of the group running the event, Friends of Old St Michael’s (FOOSM) were also able to give a progress update on their imminent plans for a memorial garden in the 1000-year-old churchyard to those who visited.
And the group is hoping that locals will give their feedback on what they would like to see in the memorial garden.
Guests included Scottish Government minister and Perthshire South and Kinross- shire MSP Roseanna Cunningham.
Peter Littwin, chair of FOOSM – which has been established for three years – said: “There is still time to get involved in the design of the garden by contacting us with suggestions on our Facebook page, ‘Old St Michael’s Church and Grounds - Crieff’ or by sending an email to ‘foosmcrieff@ outlook.com’.”
He added: “We hope that this successful event will be the first of many more to follow in this peaceful, site in the heart of Crieff.”
The open day was on September 9.
Special guest Crieff’s favourite horse, Murphy, with handler Hendy
Favourite Author Jess Smith provided storytelling and songs