Neigh bother to visit Old St Michael’s event

His­tory at heart of Cri­eff pulls in vis­i­tors and Mur­phy!

Strathearn Herald - - STRATHEARN VIEW - Lynn Duke

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

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