Did You Know (June 2011)

June 9th, 2011 by Church Admin Leave a reply »


The retiring offerings on Easter Day and the following Sunday raised £211 to help fund the Nurse at Panihata in Bangladesh. This is the clinic which the Presbytery has committed itself to support and the group from the Church who were there after Christmas visited it and met patients and staff.

Carlogie House (which many will fondly remember as a hotel) was officially opened on Friday 27th May as a Respite Centre for Carers from the Princess Royal Trust. HRH The Princess Royal and her husband Vice-Admiral Timothy Lawrence attended, accompanied by Mrs Georgiana Osborne, the Queen’s representative in Angus and the Earl of Dalhousie. The Minister and some members of the congregation were invited and it is hoped that the links which have been established will continue in the years ahead.

The General Assembly has come and gone. The Minister was a Commissioner this year, and enjoyed the opportunity to meet up with friends, including Colin and Alison Caskie (formerly of Carnoustie Church) and Wilma Cairns (formerly of Barry). He also managed to have a meal with Ian Cook, a former member of the Youth Group. He had the privilege along with two others of greeting the Lord High Commissioner and his wife when they arrived for the Tuesday morning session of the Assembly. Those who are given this task are known as “Shakers”! He says it was good to be able to see the Assembly from the vantage point of the Throne Gallery!


The following appeared on the website of the Fairtrade Foundation. “Thank you to everyone who participated in decorating bunting in Fairtrade Fortnight and to all of you who have sent in your bunting flags to be part of our Guinness World Record attempt. We were absolutely overwhelmed by over 130,000 magnificently adorned flags, enough to break the record ten times over! An intrepid team of volunteers and staff did an incredible job of assembling as much bunting as we possibly could to Guinness World Record Guidelines, in order to break the world record on World Fair Trade Day.

The record breaking bunting (over 2 miles long!) was hung around Battersea Park, London World Fair Trade Day – Saturday 14 May. We’re now in the process of submitting our world record bid to Guinness for their approval – check back here for updates in the coming weeks!

Well-known names including actress Dame Helen Mirren, TV presenters Fern Britton, Sir Michael Parkinson, Lorraine Kelly and Linda Lusardi, the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu, business leaders including Mark Price (Managing Director of Waitrose) and Richard Gillies (director of Plan A and Sustainable Business at Marks and Spencer) and over 100 Westminster MPs also decorated their own pieces of Fairtrade cotton.”

So well done everyone in the FOG Squad, the Youth Group and the congregation who joined these well known people and contributed to this world record attempt.

“The Sacrament of the Coffee”

This was a phrase I heard at a meeting I was at a few weeks ago, when a congregation had started the practice of having tea and biscuits in their hall after morning service. They very soon realised what they had been missing. They were able to welcome visitors, get to know other members of the congregation and generally enjoy fellowship together.

We had planned to do this a few years ago just before we had a ceiling repair in church and our services were held in the Panbride Hall. Given the success of the “Soup and Sweet Lunches” and the enjoyment folk had at the 6 weekly coffee mornings last autumn I believe we should go ahead and start tea and coffee after morning services. And so from the first Sunday in September (when we return to Newton Church) there will be the opportunity to meet for tea/coffee/biscuits (all fairly traded!) in the Newton Hall after the service. If you would like to be part of a rota to organise this, please have a word with Frances Bicket who would be delighted to hear from you.

We are also planning to have a “Soup and Sweet” Lunch on the last Sunday of each month (with the exception of December) and this will start in September, on Harvest Sunday. More details in the August issue.


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