AT LAST, ST JOHN’S BEAUTIFUL TOWER IN ITS RENEWED GLORY

BASKING IN THE WINTER SUNSHINE!

‘Our thanks and prayers are extended to everyone involved in the refurbishment of St John’s, and especially to

• the staff of the LTM Group - the stone masons, the scaffolders, the painters, and the decorators - who have been working so diligently for the past eight months through hail, rain and snow.

Gail Howie, the on-site Supervisor, and Chris Prentice, our Project Manager, both of whom have gone the extra mile with both flexibility and generosity.


However, we could have never arrived at this point without the help and support of our Parishioners, the local community and the many generous friends of our Parishes – far and wide

We are also indebted to Historic Environment Scotland and the National Churches Trust for their grants.

The pandemic has cast a shadow over all of us for the past 22 months, but we now look forward with optimism to opening wide the church doors in thanksgiving.'


Fr Jock and the Fabric Team

Photos from Fr Jock and Gary Zoltie's trip up the Tower

GARY ZOLTIE AND FR JOCK CLIMB TO THE TOP OF THE ST JOHN’S TOWER TO LOOK AT AND ADMIRE ALL THAT HAS BEEN DONE UP THERE SO FAR…..

The ‘Cherry Picker’ on the way to inspect the church roof…

Gail Howie, the LTM (Laing Traditional Masonry) Project Supervisor, replacing a stone

Two LTM roofers inspecting the Church roof….

Walter, the LTM conservator repointing above one of the windows (ie replacing the gaps with new mortar)

A stone pinnacle halfway up (NB the sheer detail of the carving)

Two thirds of the way up (it’s ladders from now on…)

The cracked louvres in the bell tower which we will need to replace

The Parish House Roof…

They’ve got there…at the top of the tower with the Cross

Gail Howie, Chris Prentice and Arthur’s Seat

Looking east towards East Lothian…

Look carefully and you might just be able to see Chris Vinestock and Enrico Fertini outside the Parish House

Parish Treasurer and Parish Priest - Tense at the Top…

Lee Crecent - and Celia Stone waving from 15a….

Looking down Brighton Place and Bath St to the Firth of Forth…

A loose piece of stone, rather unprofessionally glued on in a previous restoration…


and its replacement! One reason why we needed all this work…




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A 360 degree view from the top of the tower - also featuring an Azuma train speeding towards Waverley….


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….and another…


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This time, a more sedate perspective…