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We are delighted to have received large grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland.  Please visit www.dunscoreheritage.org for a list of all our funders.

12.05.17  Work is progressing well within the church.


21.04.17  There was an open day / exhibition to show the community how the work is progressing.  We had a busy day including visits from both the school and preschool.


01.02.17  Scaffolding is starting to surround the church building and repairs will follow in the near future.







28.01.17 Work is going to start soon!

Dunscore Church Project Group – Update on Dunscore Church Repairs and Alterations

Work to carry out the repairs to our church will be starting very soon. You will see the church being fenced off and scaffolding erected around the church building.  Work on the exterior repairs will get under way first and we anticipate that the alterations will start in late February.

We will be inviting the congregation and the community to a presentation of the work that is underway and to have an opportunity to chat to members of the project group.  Also, with the permission of the contractor, we hope to organise a tour of the church during the work.  We will advertise details of these in due course.HLF and HES Logos Jpg



27.01.17  We held a commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day at the Jane Haining Cairn.  There were pupils present from Jane’s two schools, Dunscore Primary and Dumfries Academy.

06.01.17  We have had confirmation of our second round of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland.  News of this has appeared in the news across Scotland including Dumfries and Galloway Standard, the Church of Scotland, on ITV Border TV,  the BBC, The Scotsman and, surprisingly, in the Aberdeen Evening Express!  We even made the news in Brazil!

29.12.16  We had a second clear of the church and it is now tidied up.  Hopefully work can start soon!

24.11.16 A team met to clear the church today.  Anything that could be damaged by cold, damp or contractors was moved to safety.  Bags of stuff were taken to a charity shop and some thrown out.

18.11.16  The Heritage History Group met to work through some of the historical documents and newspaper cuttings relating to the church and village.  Fascinating!

15.11.16  In the Cathy MacDonald programme on Radio Scotland on Sunday there was a moving piece about Jane Haining.

15.11.16  Members of the Heritage History Groupp1060544
were in Dumfries to meet Nicky O’Toole of BDS who will be helping us to put the heritage centre display together.  There was much to discuss and lots of material to pass to Nicky.  We are starting to get a clearer picture of how the displays may look.



20.10.16  The Heritage History Group met this evening. There has been some fascinating investigative work.  Just a few of the items that have been discovered are shown.  The session minutes from the 1820s and 1830s are amazing with reference to taking care of a “foundling” and of a “lunatic” recently discharged from the Dumfries Asylum.  These will be displayed in the new heritage centre.

14.10.16  There was an article in today’s Dumfries Courier about Jane Haining and the visit to Hungary by people from the Church of Scotland (including John Drabble from Dunscore Church).  img_20161014_131659632

07.10.16 The heritage project group has just submitted the application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the second round of funding. This is to carry out the repair work and internal alterations. It may take more than a month for them to consider the application. The architect has selected the preferred contractor, Wm Waugh and Sons, but we will not be in a position to agree the contract until we know if we have been successful in the application.

22.09.16  There was an article in The Guardian today about Jane Haining’s students remembering her.  It includes a video showing them in Budapest with a group from Scotland visiting (including our own John Drabble).

20.09.16  Following the recent discovery of documents and artefacts relating to Jane Haining, Oliver Mundell MSP has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament recognising and praising her sacrifice.  You can read the motion here.

18.09.16  There was a long article in the Dumfries and Galloway Standard this week about the discovery of documents, photos and artefacts relating to Jane Haining.  There is also a piece about the heritage project.jane-haining-article

15.09.16  Yesterday, the Church of Scotland announced that they had discovered a box of documents and photographs relating to Jane Haining.  These include her will (handwritten in 1942), a report from the Reformed Church in Hungary about how Bishop, Laszlo Ravasz,  tried to intervene with the Hungarian authorities to try and get Jane Haining released from prison before she was moved out to Auschwitz.

In the document he remembers that she was so committed to being in Hungary that she declared that she ‘would stick to my post no matter what’,”.  She died in Auschwitz in 1944 aged 47.

You can see a report on the BBC News page here.  The Church of Scotland press release is available here.  There is a video about the discovery here.

We very much hope that we will be able to obtain copies of the documents and photos for display in the new heritage centre.

02.08.16  Members of the Heritage History Group visited Dumfries Library yesterday to find out what resources that they held there.  The group was amazed by the material available and the kindness and support on offer!  A really useful visit!

21.07.16  The Heritage History Group is starting to consider what should be on interpretation boards and leaflets.  They have gathered ideIMG_20160721_215211096[1]as and will start to develop these.



11.07.16  The tender documents for the work on the church have been prepared by our Conservation Architect. The documents have now been approved by the Heritage Lottery Fund so will be circulated to five contractors who will be asked to tender for the work. This process should be complete in approximately one month.

30.06.16  It was a meeting of the P1050770Heritage Project Team today.  Much to discuss and progress in all areas to review.







23.06.16  Nicky from BDS Digital based at the Crichton Campus in Dumfries came to meet some of the project team to discuss interpretation boards, digital interaction, leaflets and more.




23.05.16  We are delighted to have received a grant from Garfield Weston Foundation!

8c058c62-9e08-4f9d-bd18-dbaa8ea33cbf26.01.16  The Heritage History Group met this evening to discuss displays in the heritage centre.  Also there were many, some very old, parish records to be examined for interesting information.


Some of the parish records to be examined








22.01.16  There was an article in the Dumfries Standard today.  You can read it by following this link.

12.01.16  While the Heritage History Group focussed on the information needeP1050072d to complete the HLF documents this evening, we were fascinated by a 200 year old document relating to the Dunscore Farmers’ Society brought along by Roy.  The exhibits for the heritage centre will be fascinating.

18.12.15  The Heritage Project Group met today to review progress and to decide on the next steps.

16 December:  The Board met last night to consider the proposed alterations to the interior of the church.  You can read about the outome of the meeting here.

6 December: The meeting to discuss plans to alter the interior of the church was well attended.  Rebecca Cadie made a presentatiP1040984on on the alternatives and there were many views expressed.  These will be considered at the next Board meeting.  You can see the two options that were discussed at the following links.  Option1  Option 2

3 December: There were articles by John Drabble and Sheila Anderson relating to the project in the Dunscore Digest.  You can read about them here.

1 December: The Heritage History Group met today.  Some amazing artifacts were brought along Including a tax return during the period of window taxes.


Colin Showing the AV Expert the Proposed Floor Plans

12 November: We had a visit from an audio visual expert to explain and provide costs for possible display systems.

19 September:  We are starting to gather information about people with links to any of the current or former churches in the area.  Did you or your relatives attend any of the churches, attend Sunday School etc.?  Do you have any artifacts or stories relating to any of the churches?  Do you have any family connections with anyone buried in the old graveyards or on the war memorial?  If you do, please complete and return the following form.  You can do so by email to the address on the form.  If you don’t have Microsoft Word, you can print and return this version:  Form in pdf

11 September: Historic Scotland announced today that they are to install a plaque in Dunscore Church to the memory of Jane Haining.  You can read more about this here.


10 September: Some of the Heritage Centre Group visited the Joseph Thomson Heritage Centre in Penpont so learn from their experiences when they set it up recently.


5 September: There was an article in the Dunscore Digest by Matthew Aitken updating progress on the project.  You can read it here.

3 September:  The first investigations are under way in the church.  A hole was 11954713_871487482928335_5648524768532084469_nopened above the pulpit to check for water damage.  Fortunately, the damage was not as great as was feared.



3 July:  Colin and Jannie with the Heritage Lottery Fund award letter – they look pleased!IMG_1814 (2)

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January 2015:  We commissioned a Condition Survey of the church. It indicated that there were some significant repairs needed and we decided to seek grant funding.