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Efforts to save historic church

St Margaret's Scottish Episcopal Church, Braemar
St Margaret's Scottish Episcopal Church will open for the event

Public views are wanted to help a Duke of Rothesay charity save a historic Royal Deeside church.

St Margaret's Scottish Episcopal Church in Braemar, built between 1899 and 1904, is currently closed to the public due to its condition.

The Prince's Regeneration Trust is leading efforts to save the church.

Members of the public are invited to the village hall on Wednesday 4 March from 1800 GMT. The church itself will be open from 1400 GMT to 1630 GMT.

The views and ideas at the open evening will then be fed into a planning day attended by community members and regeneration specialists.

St Margaret's is considered as being one of the most important works in the career of leading British church architect Sir John Ninian Comper.

Prince's Regeneration Trust chief executive Ros Kerslake said: "The aim of our planning day is to bring together community members and key stakeholders, including Historic Scotland, to pool ideas and knowledge, and to identify a regeneration solution for this very important building that will enable it to be conserved, restored and brought back into sustainable use providing benefit to the local community."



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