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Annual walk boosts Methlick Church funds

Some of those who took part in the 11th Methlick May Walk, including local minister Rev Dr Will Stalder, far right.

Some of those who took part in the 11th Methlick May Walk, including local minister Rev Dr Will Stalder, far right.

Methlick Parish Church has been give a boost from an annual fundraising event.

The 11th Methlick May Walk took place on Saturday in glorious weather and brought in just over £1000 for church funds.

The route covered either four miles, or the full eight, through picturesque Haddo Estate and the event was supported by Lord and Lady Aberdeen.

Methlick’s new minister, the Rev Dr Will Stalder, took part in the walk and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Dr Stalder, originally from California, arrived in February and has been settling in to village life.

He said: “It was a brilliant day and the weather was perfect. We could not have asked for a better day.

“The event was very well supported and it is something in which the community can get together and enjoy the company and nature.”

The minister opted for a short version of the lesser route for the walk, which started and finished at the church.

One of the organisers, Katherine Storey, said: “Our walk was much appreciated by 41 walkers (and a few dogs).

“The grounds are looking lovely. Donations to the church reached just over £1,000 as people appreciate the effort that has gone into planning and preparing the route and are grateful that it is available, even if they aren’t able to participate in the walk.

“This year some of our marshals had surprise treats in store for the walkers and these went down very well so this may encourage more walkers to participate next time round.

“We would like to thank everyone who helped in any way towards making the day successful and raising a very worthwhile sum of money for the church.”

There was also a topical quiz this year and first prize was won jointly by local primary school pupils Robert Kennedy and Holly Lentell.

 

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