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Billy Allan recently retired from his post as Church Officer of both Grange Church and New Laigh Kirk, Kilmarnock, prior to the churches’ union.

Minister of the churches, the Rev David Cameron, said: “The Church is the people of God, and some people are given particular tasks. Billy’s was to look after the sacred space of God’s House, our Sanctuary, our buildings and surrounding gardens, as well as re-train three experienced ministers.

Billy’s kindness, compassion and willingness to take on the lowliest of tasks in looking after our church buildings and visitors are an example to us all. He made real and personal contact with our folk, they benefited greatly from what comes naturally to Billy. He painstakingly restored the paths of our Kirk Yard, for years grown over with grass and moss. No-one else would have patiently raked every square inch literally with his bare hands, returning it to its natural gravel state.

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