A PROJECT to raise £10,000 to restore the windows in the Church of Our Lady and St Joseph in Selkirk got off to a colourful start at the weekend.
Ghana was the theme of a supper night in the church hall, organised by the town’s Roman Catholic priest, Father Robert Afayori, who has been the local face of the clergy since arriving to study at Edinburgh University.
Father Robert entertained his audience with a talk and slides on life in his native country – from culture to climate, jobs to food – and then helped to serve up a typical Ghanaian supper with Selkirk Bannocks replaced by plantains and pineapples.
“It was a very good night and I think that everyone had a good time,” said Father Robert.
Morris Manson, chairman of the church committee, added: “The night went very well and people enjoyed themselves. It was a fabulous night and early figures show that we raised about £800 and that really kick-starts the window restoration project. We plan to start work soon on the large stained-glass window and the others as soon as possible, and there will be other events as well.
“I was so pleased that so many people turned out from all the parishes in the town. There was a real feeling of community spirit – it was just brilliant.”
Canon John Creanor, of Galashiels, made the journey from Our Lady and St Andrew’s Church to join in the celebrations.
Father Robert plans to hold more theme nights. “I think people would like to learn more, considering the number of questions that I was asked.”