A SPECIAL auction is taking place in a Haddington church in a bid to raise funds for a new kitchen.

A major renovation of the lighting inside St Mary’s Parish Church was completed earlier this summer, with attention now turning to a kitchen.

An Auction of Promises takes place in the church this evening (Saturday), with funds raised at the event going to the new kitchen, which would enable the church to better serve the many individuals and groups that use the historic building, off Sidegate.

As well as an opportunity to go along and admire the new lighting, the evening will also be a chance to meet and chat with many of the folk who work to keep the church at the heart of its community, and its new minister, the Rev Alison McDonald.

There will be music throughout the evening, with cheese and biscuits provided.

All are welcome to ‘bring their own bottle’, enjoy the surroundings and consider bidding for one of the many items on the list.

A spokeswoman for the church said: “The congregation has been overwhelmed with the generosity shown towards its latest fundraising effort.

“Over 40 lots are available, including a private tour of Bonhams’ Scottish art sale, a week at a self-catering cottage in Wester Ross, two separate private whisky tastings by Whisky Belle and Berry Brothers and Rudd (worth £200 and £400 respectively), afternoon tea at the Maitlandfield House Hotel and a flight in a microlight.

“Successful bidders can also have their Christmas cards written and addressed, enjoy home baking, flower arrangements and craft sessions, or have their ironing done!”

May Matthews, a Scottish art specialist with Bonhams, will act as auctioneer on the evening.

The Nungate Gardens resident said: “I was delighted when I was asked to be auctioneer at this charity event.

“The local community have donated some amazing promises.

“It’s a great opportunity to bid on some money-can’t-buy experiences.

“There’s something for everyone’s budget.

“I hope there will be a good turnout for what ‘promises’ to be a great night!”

Auction catalogues for Saturday’s event, doors opening at 7pm, from stmaryskirk.co.uk/source/Auction.pdf and in the kirk, which is open every afternoon.