East Lothian Church wins ‘Bafta for church buildings’

AN EAST LOTHIAN church has gained a prestigious nationwide award recognising excellence in take care of an historic constructing.

St Anne’s Scottish Episcopal & Methodist Church in Dunbar acquired The Nayler Award for Excellence in Church Upkeep.

The church collected the accolade, often called the “BAFTAs for church buildings”, at a ceremony in London on November 6.

Mike Ling, Buildings Convener at St Anne’s, mentioned: “The appliance of abilities in direction of the care and upkeep of a listed non secular constructing is an expression of worship and on the identical time a privilege.

“It’s also a chance to use the talents acquired over one’s working life for the advantage of the group, to find out about specialist upkeep methods.”

Mr Ling added: “Bringing folks collectively to undertake duties develops connections and strengthens relationships.”

St Anne’s collaborates with many alternative organisations throughout the city to strengthen the social cloth of the group.

These embody: Dunbar Main and Grammar Faculties, Sustaining Dunbar, Belhaven Hill Faculty, East Lothian Council and The Ridge.

Years of renewal

The church has undergone a metamorphosis in recent times after being vulnerable to closure lower than a decade in the past.

Its congregation has since labored laborious to re-establish St Anne’s as a focus on Dunbar Excessive Road. 

An intensive refurbishment in 2017 upgraded the Gothic Revival model constructing, designed by Sir Robert Rowan Anderson.

It offered modern amenities whereas retaining lovely conventional options together with an ornately carved rood display screen and altar. 

Shortly afterwards, the church put in a Peace Backyard with a UN Peace Pole and seating exterior.

Since then, additional work has helped make sure the constructing stays a spot of magnificence, worship and witness for future generations.

Reverend Diana Corridor mentioned: “I’m delighted to see the laborious work and dedication of Mike and our different volunteers recognised.

“Our church constructing is a crucial focus, however the church can be a lot greater than a constructing.”

She added: “It’s a group of affection and hope with an incredible story to inform – it makes an essential contribution to our widespread life.

“We look ahead to persevering with to discover how St Anne’s and its folks can serve and work with different organisations to be a blessing in Dunbar and past.”

St Anne’s can be collaborating in Go to Your Finalist Day on Saturday, November 18 from 10am – 4pm.

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