PLANS to merge the congregations at neighbouring Cockenzie Old Parish Church and Chalmers Memorial Church, both in Cockenzie and Port Seton, continue to progress.

A vote on the merger is expected to take place this spring, when plans will then be finalised.

A spokesperson said: “The congregations of Cockenzie Old Parish Church and Chalmers Memorial Church continue to engage in positive discussions about a union later in the year.

“There will likely be a vote on this in the spring by the church members, which will allow a period of finalising plans and appointing office bearers before the union takes place.

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“The kirk session of the Old Parish are continuing to work on plans for the disposal of their building, with a clear aspiration that their premises will remain of use to the local community.

“We are planning a number of shared services in the coming months.”