Michael Little has brought the joy of music into our St Ninian’s community. Michael was learning how to play the organ from Maurice Till FRCO when Mr Till became ill and died quite suddenly in October 2017. He died on a Tuesday, and Michael, at the age of 15, filled the void immediately and played for Sunday services. That was three years ago and he has been a dedicated and vital presence in church ever since. Michael’s current organ teacher is Edward Taylor, assistant organist at Carlisle Cathedral.

Michael is going off to study Ancient History at St Andrews. A scholarship has been awarded to him in recognition of his accomplishments with the organ. The St Ninian’s Vestry will be giving Michael the usual £250 that our departing undergraduate members receive, however, considering the enjoyment that Michael has given us with his organ playing over the last three years, the Vestry thought that the congregation might wish to augment this sum with their own donations. Any member wishing to do so should either send a cheque in favour of St Ninians Church or arrange a direct transfer into our bank account with the Bank of Scotland sort code 80-06-11 account number 00831396 reference ‘Michael Little’. Let’s show Michael how much we appreciate his contributions to our church.

Our deepest appreciation and continued prayers go with Michael as he pursues his further education at St Andrews. We look forward to his visits home!