Life was a gas for a Forfar church this week when it received a helping hand from a team of Dundee workers to tidy up its churchyard.
A dozen employees of gas distribution company Scotland Gas Networks (SGN) took the day out to help tidy up the area at St John’s Church as part of the company’s community action programme.
Under the scheme, all employees are given a day off to help a local community project and the team from the Dundee depot laid a new gravel path to the church hall as well turning over the older gravestones which had fallen over, allowing the names and dates of the deceased to be read once more. This will allow Rev Andrew McCafferty to check that the parish records are correct and list all of the graves in the churchyard.
They also repainted part of one of the church’s corridors and its meeting room
Pamela Fisher, administration assistant in the network maintenance team, came up with the idea of helping the church.
She said: “Returning the gravestones to their proper places was heavy work but seeing the names and dates being revealed was very interesting and rewarding.”
Mr McCafferty said and was delighted with the help and thanked the team for their efforts.
He said: “It was very much appreciated by us all and it helped that when the gravestones were turned the correct way up, we could confirm with our records that the person we thought was buried there actually was.”