Gordon and Ian Baxter of the famous Baxters Food Group proved a formidable team. Bellie Churchyard had fallen into a state of disrepair and, after a visit to their parent’s grave, they pledged to try to improve the condition of this historic site which is the final resting place of many generations of folk from the local area and is still in use today.
Ian’s original legacy and a further generous bequest from his brother, Gordon, have provided a wonderful catalyst in the creation of this lively community group. The people of Fochabers have risen enthusiastically to this challenge and over the years the Friends have greatly improved the churchyard and cemetery.
A beautiful little porcelain dove was discovered by the Moray Burial Ground and Research Group whilst recording monumental inscriptions. They presented it to The Friends and it was decided to adopt the dove – a symbol of peace – as a logo.
Local pupils at Milne’s and Mosstodloch Primary Schools enjoyed the opportunity to design a new logo for The Friends in 2013. The winning design by Abbie Morrison incorporated the dove and was the overall winner.