Since March, the congregation of St James’ Church has struggled to raise the funds to pay for treatment of wet and dry rot in the roof timbers.
For two months services were held in the hall of the Stonehaven church, but eventually were able to return to the main building.
The cost of £20,000 was raised by generous donations, and also energetic fund-raising by church members. One particularly popular and successful event was the ‘Book Browse’ –literally hundreds of books, all properly displayed and available at only £1 each – or five for £4. Tea and coffee with biscuits are also available – free! More recently lunch is offered at a reasonable cost.
The next phase in fund-raising is to pay for internal decoration and installation of a more efficient central heating system.
The next Book Browse will be held on Saturday, September 7, from 10am to 4pm but now with something different. The event will be held in conjunction with an arts and craft fair. Folk are invited to ‘come and look’ with an opportunity to buy from the pictures and craft items on display.
St James is a historic church and a listed building, and is important to retain it in good repair for the worshipping community and also for the many visitors from other parts of Scotland and from abroad who make it a venue for visits.
For more information visit www.stjamesandstphilips.co.uk.