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Campaigners aspire to control church use

The future of a Deeside church is in the hands of the congregation who will vote on whether or not it should be sold.

Lumphanan Church, which was closed to worshippers in 2005, will be sold if the move wins the backing of the community.

Campaigners who want to retain the church are hoping that the vote at the end of the month will be rejected.

More than 200 residents have united to form the Lumphanan Heritage Society in a bid to save the village’s historic landmark.

The group hope to see the building reopened to worshippers but if it is sold they would like it to stay within the community.

Ideas for possible uses include a MacBeth heritage centre, celebrating the Scottish king’s link with Lumphanan where he was mortally wounded, or a tea room or art gallery.

A Kirk spokesman said that if the community backs the proposal to sell, the church would be put on the open market and would not be offered first to the society.

• Full story at the Aberdeen Press & Journal.

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