Peo­ple of all faiths will gather at one of the finest mon­u­ments in western Europe

The Oban Times - - News - Hugh Smith, 4, Flora Street, Bowmore, Is­lay PA43 7JX. Tele­phone: 01496 810 658.

An his­toric cross­roads

Wor­ship­per­swill par­tic­i­pate in an ec­u­meni­cal open air ser­vice at the foot of the Kil­dal­ton Cross on Sun­day Au­gust 16, be­gin­ning at 3pm.

The Kil­dal­ton Cross, si­t­u­ated in the parish of the same name, dates from the sec­ond part of the 8th cen­tury and is widely re­garded as the finest sur­viv­ing cross of its type in Scot­land and the most per­fect mon­u­ment of its date to sur­vive in western Europe.

It stands in the grounds of the for­mer parish church of Kil­dal­ton (Cil­lDal­tain), the Church of the Foster Son, a ti­tle gen­er­ally thought to re­fer to St John the Evan­ge­list.

The parish it­self is of me­dieval ori­gin and early records sug­gest that it dates from around 1425AD.

The church build­ing is cer­tainly older, prob­a­bly dat­ing from the late 12th into the early 13th cen­tury and is likely to have been es­tab­lished dur­ing the ten­ure of the Lords of the Isles.

Fol­low­ing the Ref­or­ma­tion, Kil­dal­ton church was used to serve a parish which stretched from McArthur’s Head to the Mull of Oa penin­sula in the south.

The drift of pop­u­la­tion to­wards the Ard­beg dis­trict saw the grad­ual dis­con­tin­u­a­tion of wor­ship at Kil­dal­ton as did the even­tual for­ma­tion of a new place of wor­ship at La­gavulin.

The chapel and cross, now un­der the care of His­toric Scot­land, con­tin­ues to be one of the is­land’s main tourist at­trac­tion and visi­tors con­tinue to en­joy their vis­its to a site of scenic beauty, en­hanced by his­toric and spir­i­tual sig­nif­i­cance.

Some like it hot

Or­gan­is­ers are putting the fin­ish­ing touches to the La­gavulin Is­lay Jazz fes­ti­val which runs from Septem­ber 11-13.

The in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar fes­ti­val, now in its 17th year, at­tracts some of the top names in the jazz world.

Among the head­line acts will be sax­o­phon­ist, bass- clar­inet­tist and bal­ladeer, Court­ney Pine, who will be ap­pear­ing along­side pi­anist, Zoe Rah­man.

Also weav­ing their key­board magic will be pi­anists, En­rico Zanisi and Fer­gus McCreadie, while their fel­low ivory tick­ler, Euan Steven­son, will be among the line-up pay­ing trib­ute to jazz icon, Chet Baker.

Lo­cal favourite, Mario Caribe, pays a re­turn visit and there will be fur­ther in­put from sax­o­phon­ist, Kon­rad Wisznieski. And there will be con­tri­bu­tions from the Gus Stir­rat band, the Jim Mullen Trio and the grass­roots combo, 95 Roots, fea­tur­ing lo­cal cool cats such as El­lie MacGre­gor, Clare Jor­dan, Dun­stan Gallery and Brian Palmer.

Beach mis­sion

Dur­ing this week, chil­dren from the is­land have en­joyed at­tend­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ac­tiv­i­ties at the beach mis­sion at Port Ellen which was or­gan­ised by the Scrip­ture Union and led by team lead­ers, Sue and Calum MacFar­lane.

SYM­BOL OF UNITY: Kil­dal­ton Cross

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