Easter service at Balmaghie Kirk
Balmaghie Kirk is back in action on Easter Sunday.
The church (pictured above) closed in 2015 and a Church of Scotland bid to turn it into houses was thwarted by locals.
Balmaghie Sacred LandscapeTrust now looks after the building and they’ve organised a special Easter service on Sunday with music from StewartryWindband and led by Rev Oonagh Dee.
The service starts at 11.30am and everyone is welcome.
The kirk will be filled with flowers, a floral cross will be created and the service will be followed by egg rolling down the hill. Tea, coffee and hot cross buns will be served in the hall.
The service kicks off a week of events at the church with an exhibition starting on Monday about author S R Crockett. Tuesday was the 105th anniversary of his death and nextWednesday is the anniversary of his burial in Balmaghie Graveyard.
The exhibition will look at his life, work and the Galloway Raiders, which promotes his work to new audiences.
The kirk will be open from 9am until 7pm, Monday to Sunday to allow people to see the exhibition. A wreath will also be placed on his grave.
And on Friday, April 26. Falklands veteran General Mike Scott will tell the intriguing story of the Royal Baccarat Scandal of 1890 in aid of SSAFA the services charity.
Starting at 6.30pm, this little known tale of intrigue involving the future King Edward 7th will give the audience plenty to think about. Tickets are available from Alan Murray on 07985 212394 or by emailing Dum[email protected]
This talk is particularly special as SSAFA’s General Sir Gary Cowan’s uncle Tam Cannon’s funeral was held in the kirk just before Christmas.This was the first funeral there since the church closed and was particularly notable as Tam built and maintained many of the dykes around the churchyard.
Falklands veteran Mike Scott