MEMBERS of Eddleston Parish Church are singing the praises of the community and businesses for rallying round to save the church from closing its doors.

The church has once again found itself at the heart of the community following financial crisis this year.

Residents and churchgoers have joined together in their bid to save the threatened church launching a fundraising rescue mission.

This small community have answered the prayers of parishioners and a recent fundraiser added £1,207 to the collection pot.

Session Clerk Lorraine Mulholland said the village hall was packed for the songs and scones coffee morning last month.

Mrs Mulholland spoke of the importance of coming together as a community to support local causes and gave her thanks to all who helped make the fundraiser a success.

“We are truly grateful to everyone who has contributed. From setting up the hall to manning the kitchen and stalls and organising publicity and tickets, it just shows what we can achieve by joining together.”

Thanks were also extended to local businesses, Barony Castle, the Horseshoe Inn, Peebles Beauty, Snippets Hairdressers, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Stobo Castle and individuals who had donated money or prizes. Pentland Plants were thanked for providing plants to sell, Forsyth's of Peebles for donating the scones and Glenrath Farms Ltd for sponsoring the event.

Locals were treated to entertainment by Eddleston Voices and the Junior Choir with guest singer William Holmes.