Lumphanan Heritage Society has successfully completed the purchase of the Stothert Memorial Church for use as a heritage centre.
The society has purchased the church from the Church of Scotland Trustees with the legal transaction taking place in the second week of April.
With that in mind, an open meeting will be held next Tuesday, March 25, at 7.30pm in the Lumphanan Parish Hall in order to discuss the immediate future and to distribute the first issue of Building Bonds.
The Stothert Memorial Church was originally built as a Free Church in 1870 and was made a listed building on November 25, 1980.
It is sited prominently on raised ground overlooking the village of Lumphanan and has a large stone front outside the church entrance, which is said to have come from the St. Finian’s Parish Church nearby.
The church is dominated by its tall square tower and spire, built at the south end. It has an entrance doorway in the south face, which is pointed-arched and has a thick hoodmould above.
Above the door, on the south, west and east faces, is a large pointed-arch window with simple tracery and lattice glazing. The south face has a clock face set within a stone panel. Above is a corbelled parapet, from which rises the octagonal, stone spire. Although the church is closed for worship it still retains some of its original fittings.
The second issue of Building Bonds is now on sale, the proceeds of which will be required for building repairs, legal fees etc.
A heritage spokesman said: “The Heritage Committee sends a big thanks to all those who have bought bonds and kept faith in the Society’s aims”