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