Sunday 30th August 2015 Trinity 13
READINGS: Deuteronomy 4: 1 –2, 6—9 (P. 182) ; James 1:17—27 (P. 1213); Mark 7: 1—8, 14—15, 21 – 23 (P.1010).
HYMNS: A&M 163, 249, 115, 428.
PREACHER : The Revd. Canon Cynthia Dowdle.
Cynthia will talk about the first woman to be ordained in the Anglican Communion , Florence LeiTim-Oi, and share something of her own experience of ministry at Liverpool Cathedral.
Wednesday 2nd September 2015
Luke 4: 38—end (P.1031)
Monday 7th September
Monday Club at Gartmore House. This s a club open to more senior members of St. Mary’s parish. The format will be arrival at 11.00 with tea and coffee, followed by entertainment and lunch for a cost of £3.50. Transport can be provided as necessary. For further details contact Richard.
10.00—16.00 Saturday 12th September and 11.00—16.00 Sunday 13th September.
St. Andrews Open Door weekend.
This event is being run in conjunction with Stirling City Council’s Open Doors project. This will allow both locals and those from
further afield to view St. Andrew’s Church. Callander Chimes will perform in church at 11.00 and at midday. Hopefully Callander Brass will be there in the afternoon. Refreshments will be served all day. The Open Day will also provide a flavour of the Callander Railway Festival which is to take place on the 26th and 27th
September. Two ‘O’ Gauge model railway layouts will operate in the Hall on the Saturday.
Tuesday 15th September
Dunblane Area Council meets at St. Saviours, Bridge of Allan. The speaker is the Revd. Thomas Brauer, Diocesan Missioner ‘Our Mission in Christ: imaginative understanding and creative practice for mission’.
Sunday 20th September
16.30 St. Ninians Cathedral, Perth
Richard will be installed as Synod Clerk and Canon of the Cathedral during evensong.
Friday 25th September—Sunday 27th September
Callander Railway Anniversary Weekend
For information see www. Incallander,co,uk
Saturday 26th September.
Lucy Moore of Messy Church fame is coming to our diocese to lead a one-day workshop.
Saturday 28th November
This December world leaders will meet at the UN climate talks in Paris to negotiate an international deal to limit global warming. Join hundreds of thousand of people will be marching for climate action—including people of Edinburgh.
I always wanted to be a farmer. My mother was horrified. She came from Lancashire where farming was seen as poor man’s work and certainly not for girls. And that was the end of that.
But I still wanted to be a farmer.
In 1980 my husband and I bought a small-holding with two fields— room for a small flock of sheep and some cows. Mr. Brown was a local farmer who had grazed his cows in one of our fields and asked if he could continue to do so when we came into residence. I was delighted. When the cows were not in my field I would go over to Mr. Brown’s farm and see them there. Many were the balmy evenings when the two of us hung over a gate and he told me the pedigrees of each animal – they were his family.
To breed from these cattle he needed a bull of a different breed and his chosen Sire was a Simmental. A massive, craggy strong-looking animal whom he adored. Nicky was his name and it was insisted I go into his pen and stroke him ”He’s as gentle as a babe – he’ll no hurt ye” he would say. His legs were like tree trunks and he breathed hard through his nose……………… But I was assured he was as gentle as a lamb.
One evening, Farmer Brown told me, Nicky had escaped from his pen and Farmer Brown had no idea where he had gone, So armed with a stick and one of his dogs, he set off down the country road outside his farm with a halter and a torch. He was not worried because he knew that Nicky would follow him when he eventually caught up with him, and it was a nice evening for a walk. He just hoped Nicky hadn’t got as far as the main road.
Farmer Brown had gone quite far, when he heard cars coming towards him up the road so he jumped out into the middle of the road and waved his torch to stop the vehicles. They pulled up and four policemen jumped out. “What are you doing” they asked him “shining your torch into people’s faces? “ “I just wanted to stop you” replied Farmer Brown, I’m looking for one of my beasts and I didn’t want you to run into it and harm it”.
What kind of beast would that be?” they asked. “It’s my bull” replied Farmer Brown , and had a bit of a laugh to himself when the policemen dashed back to the safety of their car and turned for home. He then continued with his search for his wandering bull. Further down the road, he found him—grazing on the roadside herbiage. He put a halter on him and led him back to the farm where he seemed quite grateful to have his usual food waiting for him.
Farmer Brown had good exercise that evening because he had to go back and retrieve his car once he’d got Nicky well settled.
And I bet the policemen enjoyed embroidering the story to their friends later on.
Farmer Brown had an ambition for Nicky – to be Champion bull at the Royal Highland Show. He just missed that, but was runner– up which pleased Farmer Brown very much. “There’s always next year” he would say.
But sadly there wasn’t.
.My farmer friend died that winter and Nicky was adopted by another local farmer who just used him for his routine role in a farmyard ; he never saw another showground.
I missed Farmer Brown and our gate-leanings – perhaps he met his Nicky in heaven sometime. I do hope so.
[I wanted to put a picture of a lovely bull in here, but, sadly, clip art doesn’t run to bulls and even less to cows, so I’m afraid you will just have to imagine it!! Apologies]
Simmentals originated in Switzerland with a history going back to the Middle Ages. It is a very old breed.
They are quite docile and even tempered, so Nicky was true to his breed.