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Sunday 8th October

On Sunday 8th October we will be having two services in the church.  Our Harvest Festival service will be at 10am and will be a Eucharist led by Rev Roy Vincent.

At 6pm in the evening, we are pleased to have the St Christopher’s Singers from Gordonstoun School coming to sing Compline.  It is not often that we have an evening service and we will be delighted to welcome anyone who would like to come and join us for this.

Aberlour Orphanage and Remembrance Sunday

On Sunday 12th November, the Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire, Mrs Clare Russell, will unveil a panel in the church depicting the life in the former Aberlour Orphanage. This is timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the closure of the Orphanage in 1967. Mrs Russell will also lay a wreath at the war memorial in the church grounds.

 

The service will start at 10am with the Act of Remembrance at the war memorial and then continue inside the church. All are welcome to join us that morning.

2016 Financial Accounts

The annual accounts are attached herewith.

Audited Financial Statement 2016

The blessing of Mathilde

We were delighted when Christian and Kerstin Lontzek came from their home in Halberstadt, Germany to spend three months in Aberlour.   Christian had found us two years ago when he and a friend camped in their car outside St Margaret’s and came to our service.    He returned last year with his wife Kerstin and then in July this year he and Sebastian Schmook, the other half in their duo of Pipe meets Organ, gave a wonderful concert in St Margaret’s.

In September Christian and Kerstin brought their daughter Mathilde and have been part of our congregation, bringing joy and music to our services.   On Sunday, the Rev Roy Vincent conducted a service of blessing in St Margaret’s for their daughter Mathilde.

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Remembrance Sunday 2016

We are very grateful to all who attended our successful Remembrance Sunday service.   The wreath was laid by the Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire, Mrs Oliver Russell, with members of the Aberlour Scouts, Cubs and Brownies in attendance.

Remembrance Sunday 2016

Antiques Valuation Day

Antiques Valuation Day at St Margaret’s Church 17th September 2016

A successful visit by three valuers from the auction house Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh took place on Saturday 17th September.   Inspired by the success of the Antiques Road Show, we held a day in the church for people to bring in their family treasures for evaluation and comment.   Coffee, tea and a generous supply of sandwiches and cakes were consumed while everyone waited their turn with the experts.    Items of all sorts were brought in, from gold curling medals to a child’s pedal tricycle to a 400 year old silver-gilt urn, and everyone enjoyed learning more about the history of their possessions.

It was a happy and sociable day, and we are most grateful to everyone who came.   The wonderful sum of £1,233.68 was raised for church funds, and we are particularly grateful to Colin Fraser, Theodora Burrell and Trevor Kyle for their knowledge and expertise, and for giving up their Saturday to enable our fundraising effort.

 

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Autumn wedding

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On October 18th 2014, St Margaret’s was delighted to host the marriage of Alexander Murray and Victoria Graham, with the wedding service being taken by Fr Christopher Ketley from Holy Trinity in Elgin.   The weather was mixed, but the church was full for a wonderful happy occasion.

Christening at St Margaret’s

SAMSUNG CSC_1On March 30th, the Right Reverend Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray Ross and Caithness, came to St Margaret’s to christen Maisie Esme, infant daughter of Saul and Helen McLean.   Saul and Helen were married by Bishop Mark in St Margaret’s on 7th July 2012, so it was a great joy for the congregation to welcome Maisie into the Church and celebrate the occasion with her proud parents and grandparents.

A wedding in St Margaret’s

6581On August 24th 2013, Alex Smith and Emily Singleton were married in St Margaret’s.   The church was full of flowers, families and friends, and Emily had a very special bridesmaid in the form of their dog Tip.   Alex and Emily now have their home on his family’s farm in Glenlivet where they breed reindeer.   We wish them every happiness in their married life together.

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Finished at last!

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We are delighted that thanks to generous funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland,  donations from kind supporters and money raised after a great deal of hard work, we have achieved our goal of making the church wind and watertight for the foreseeable future.   There is nothing much to show for all the work except smart painted gutters and repaired downpipes, but high level repairs were always going to be visually unrewarding, and the best we can say is that we have prepared the building for the next stage of the project, with planning for this taking place over the winter.

However there are two hurdles to cross before we can plan with confidence:  the first of course is to raise enough money, and the second vital part of the planning is to exclude the bats from the building.   We cannot expect the community to use the building with pleasure if bats are flying about above their heads!  The health and safety issue is paramount, but the damage they are doing to the fabric of the building and its fixtures and fittings is very depressing.

We have applied to Scottish Natural Heritage for an exclusion order:  watch this space!

 

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