Easter ser­vice at Bal­maghie Kirk

The Galloway News - - VOICE OF THE PEOPLE -

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

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