East and Old re-development well received

The redevelopment of the East and Old Parish Church in Forfar has received a lot of praise in the last week, after the official opening on March 12.

Speaking at the end of yesterday’s church service, the Rev Barbara Ann Sweetin told the congregation the first phase had received a lot of media attention - and compliments from those who have visited the town centre building.

The Rev Barbara Ann Sweetin

The Rev Barbara Ann Sweetin

She was delighted that, following a visit last Monday by north east region MSP Liam Kerr, a motion had been tabled at the Scottish Parliament congratulating the East and Old for completing the first phase, which had been signed by a number of other MSPs.

She added: “We have also appeared in local newspapers, on STV News and made the front page of the Church of Scotland’s website.”

The first phase of the redevelopment included the removal of the church organ and east balcony to make way for a bright new sanctuary, new social area and new reception area.

A new heating system, lighting system and audio visual equipment have been installed.

The work was part funded by Angus Presbytery (£12,500); Robertson Trust (£20,000); Alexander Moncur Trust (£1000); Beatrice Laing Trust (£5000); All Churches Trust Ltd (£13,000) and members and friends of the East and Old.

Local businesses also supplied goods and services.