linkage Bulleting week commencing 21st November 2016

  St Mary’s Third Sunday at Three Concert series

Those present to hear the excellent Kentigern Quartet at its concert at St Mary’s on the 20th November were not disappointed.  However, the amount of work required in organising these concerts is considerable and those involved would no doubt be encouraged by greater numbers attending. Could everyone please make the next in the series on the 19th January a priority to come and encourage friends and family to do likewise? Details of the next concert appear below.

The Linkage 

As well as being a means of communicating times and dates it is hoped that readers will feel free to use The Linkage to share other items of news. Please bear in mind that it is usually prepared for publication on a Monday of each week.

A worthy honour

John Dymond of St Mary’s was honoured earlier this month by an invitation to attend a service in Westminster Abbey. This service was the annual celebration and thanksgiving for the National Scout and Guide movement. This year, the service was noteworthy as the centenary of the founding of the Scout Movement along with the Senior Section of the Girl Guides. John received this invitation in recognition of his lifelong involvement with the Scout movement which started during Oxford undergraduate days. The interest continued through his post-graduate years in America.  Soon after coming to Balfron in 1979, John founded a Cub pack. Its popularity soon led to Scout and Beaver Groups also being established. An Adventure Unit founded by John is soon to be reopened. This is one of many signs of the revival of interest and appreciation of the good work of Scouting in general.

John’s own sons took a keen interest in Scouting for many years. Today John remains a Group Scout Leader in Balfron as well as a member of the Selection Committee for prospective leaders in Stirling. In recognition of his dedication to the movement John was awarded the Silver Acorn two years ago, one of the highest awards within the Scout Movement.

Those acquainted with John will know him to be too self-effacing to reveal this very worthy honour. We congratulate him and rejoice in his service to our community.

For sale

A Yahama CLP240 piano in polished ebony. The instrument is reputedly as good as new and will include all manuals and instructions. The list price of a new updated version of the instrument, the CLP 545, is now £1700.  The asking price is £700 ono Kathleen Morison 07761 213 062.


For your prayers

Jenny, the sister of John Champness diagnosed with serious illness and John as he visits her this week.

Ann Andrews, the daughter-in-law of Christine Ffinch undergoing and thankfully responding to treatment

Nancy Fielding in respite care at Blanefield House.

Those recovering from operations.

St Andrew’s Rotas

Flowers: Advent – no flowers

Readers and sides persons: Christine and Joan

This week

Wednesday 23rd November 2016

10.00 Callander

Luke 21:12-19

Sunday 27th November

Advent Sunday

Almighty God,
give us grace to cast away the works of darkness
and to put on the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
that on the last day,
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

10.00 Callander

Isa. 2.1-5

Romans 13.11-end

Matt. 24. 36-44

Followed by Callander Annual Parish Meeting

St Andrew’s Annual Rector’s Report to St Andrew’s

For ease of communication St Andrew’s Annual Rector’s Report to St Andrew’s is published as follows:

‘Through all the changing scenes of life

In sorrow and in joy

The praises of my God shall still

My heart and tongue employ

Thus wrote Nahum Tate in his hymn of 1696, a paraphrase of Psalm 34

Changing scenes are often discomforting and sight today of the grounds of St Andrew’s where our famed cedar once stood, is just an example of the changes of the past year. However, the tree’s demolition, which was prophesised in last year’s Annual Report proved relatively uneventful. The salvaged timber is now in store at Cambusmore whilst drying. The Vestry is extremely grateful for donations received to defray the not inconsiderable cost of removal as well as the skill of the contractors involved.

Within the congregation, Isobel Ritchie has left Callander to live at Wardside Muthill. Mary and Alastair Barclay have gone to Tayside. Their loss to the congregation was especially poignant for as well as their regular attendance and genial presence we lost a vestry member, administrator of the chalice, reader and organist. Such do not grow on trees! We are pleased though that all have found happy endings to their changed circumstances.

We commiserate with Daphne Gompertz and her family as they come to terms with Colin’s death earlier in the year. We also extend condolence to Walter Hall whose Mother Brenda died during the summer.

Over the summer Vestry agreed that an off-shoot of Stirling Baptist Church might use our Hall for worship of a Sunday evening. This decision was taken in close consultation with the Session Clerk at Callander Kirk. It is hoped that this might mark the beginning of a period of renewed co-operation between the churches of the town.

The Vestry records it gratitude to Hilary Gunkel for her efficient and vigorous promotion of the Hall which is used for a variety of activity. The Vestry is aware that supply of rental accommodation in the town outstrips demand and the rental levels have been managed accordingly.

Two linkage events were planned in the course of the year. A delightful day at Dunkeld Cathedral attracted more numbers than ever before. By contrast the Harvest Supper needed to be cancelled. It is hoped that this was due only to an unsuitable date as this was a disappointment.

John Champness continues to assist at Sunday services. This has been greatly valued as, in the absence of a musician, some of the Rector’s attention has for many services needed to be diverted elsewhere. Recorded music is alas no substitute for an organist and the hope is that in future we can again enjoy the services of a musician if not every Sunday.

The Christmas Fair under the management of Ros Grant earlier this month raised a pleasing sum of money.

St Andrew’s is blessed throughout the year by visitors from far and wide. We have been able to establish lasting relationships with some. Callander Primary School, The Guides and Scouts visited in the course of the year as have guests for a number of weddings.

We cherish our friendship with the other town churches but especially The Kirk. In conjunction with Ian Milligan, its director of music, a charity concert was held in June. At the Christmas Carol Service where the Callander Chorale and Brass were present there was literally not a spare seat to be found.

The life of the church would not function without the commitment of those who read lessons and welcome, prepare refreshments, clean and maintain the fabric and grounds of the building and much besides. Please accept The Rector’s heartfelt thanks

Thus we place St Andrew’s and those within it to the Lord’s keeping in the year to come.

To Father Son and Holy Ghost,

The God whom we adore

Be glory as it was is now

And shall be evermore’

11.15 Aberfoyle

Preacher and celebrant The Revd. Graham Willey

Isa. 2.1-5

Romans 13.11-end

Matt. 24. 36-44


This evening

18.30 Diocesan Advent Carol Service at St Ninian’s Cathedral Perth. Refreshments in the Chapter House afterwards.

Wednesday 30th November 2016

10.00 Callander

Matt. 4. 18-22

Future notices

Sunday 4th December

Aberfoyle Annual Parish Meeting following Morning service starting at 11.15 Items to be added to the Agenda must be notified to the Rector in writing no less than seven days before commencement of the meeting

The Rector’s report to St Mary’s will appear in the next issue of The Linkage 

Also on

Sunday 4th December

Aberfoyle Kirk Christmas Fayre

Aberfoyle Memorial Hall

13.00 – 16.00

Entrance £1.00 child 50 pence

To book a table (£8.00)01877 382701 Trish or 01877 382230 Nicola


Sunday 18th December

Carol Service Sunday

Please remember that Service times and venues will vary:

8.00 Holy Communion at Balfron

10.00 Holy Communion at St Andrew’s

11.15 No Morning Service at St Mary’s

16.00 St Mary’s Carol Service (Joint with Aberfoyle Kirk) at St Mary’s

18.30 St Andrew’s Carol Service (Joint with Callander Council of Churches)


Christmas Eve

St Mary’s Midnight Service Joint with Aberfoyle Kirk at the Kirk


Christmas Day

8.00 Balfron

10.00 Callander

11.15 Aberfoyle


Sunday 15 January 2017

St Mary’s Third at three series

Commencing 15.00

Pistons and Pipes Tom Poulson Trumpet Calum Robertson Organ/Clarinet This exciting and entertaining young duo have promised a wide ranging programme with a strong sense of spectacle.


 Our campaign to assist Start Up Stirling is ongoing to allow contributions of the following items to be delivered to the tray in church on any Sunday. As Christmas approaches, demand will increase. Could you spare for example a Christmas Pudding?

Tinned meat/fish/veg/beans, soup/fruit

Dried foods

Ready meals

Cooking sauces

Breakfast cereals

UHT milk




Cleaning products

Household goods –  good quality crockery, cutlery, towels, pots and pans.

No fresh fruit nor vegetables please.