Pew Leaflet Sunday 6th september 2015

Sunday 6th September 2015  Trinity 14

HYMNS:   A&M 192, CG 16, CG 78, A&M 125.

READINGS: Isaiah 35: 4—7a (P.719); James 2: 1—10, 14—17

(P 1214); John 12: 20.


Future Notices

Monday 7th September

Monday Club at Gartmore House. For more senior members of St. Mary’s parish. Arrive at 11.00 for tea and coffee, followed by entertainment and lunch costing £3.50 . Transport available.

Further details contact Richard.

Saturday 12th September 10.00—16.00 and 11.00—16.00 Sunday 13th September.

St. Andrews Open Doors weekend. Callander Chimes will perform in the church at 11.00 and at midday. Hopefully Callander Brass will be there in the afternoon. Refreshments will be served all day. Booklets for the weekend are now available in both churches.

 Tuesday 15th September

Dunblane Area Council meets at St. Saviour’s, 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. Ninian’s Cathedral Perth

Richard will be installed as Synod Clerk and Canon of the

Cathedral during evensong.

Wednesday 23rd September


At St. Andrew’s and St. George’s West, George St.

Edinburgh EH2 2PA.

Speakers: Most Rev. David Chillingworth

Sally Foster Fulton

Philippa Bonella

The Rev. John Humphreys


Further details and full programme to follow.


Friday 2nd October

Linkage Harvest Supper

Harvest supper and Quiz will be held at 19.30 at St. Andrew’s Hall. If you are able to attend, please contact Evelyn Nicolson 01877 330436 or Fiona Gibson 01877 331508 to notify your intention to come and what you might be able to contribute.

Alternatively there are paper forms in both churches.

Could you please be in touch by Friday 25th September to

assist with planning?




To New Zealand in 1887 Stopping at Colombo

(A bit of family history)


My great-grandfather decided to undertake a round the World Trip starting in October 1887 and going from Burnley in Lancashire to New Zealand and coming home by Cape Horn.

Obviously he survived the trip because I have a copy of his   diary of that trip; unfortunately the bit from Cape Horn back to Burnley is missing. But on November 2nd the boat docked at Colombo . This is an excerpt from his diary and I quote as he wrote – spelling and all.

“I got up early it being only 5-15 when I went on deck. It was not yet light but there seemed to be plenty of life and noise. About 6 o’clock we had a very heavy shower of rain . After it began to be light the money changers began to come on board and the market price seemed to be 14 Rupees for a shilling.

After breakfast we got onto a boat for the shore and had to pay sixpence each. We got a guide to take us round his pay was to be 4 shillings. Then we had a Carriage and his price was one Rupee for the first hour and a quarter rupee for every hour afterwards. We had a round of about three hours we saw the Prison and a large number of prisoners. Then past the Barracks some of the Highlanders were Stationed here We next visited the Museum and Cinnamon Gardens Buddees Temple and the Native part of the Town, I bought 1lb of Tobacco for 1/6 and we paid for lunch two rupees each which we thought rather too much. I never saw anything nicer than the Trees and flowers They are all so different to what we have at home If it was not for the hot weather it would be a perfect Paradee. Everything seems to grow as fast as they want   it. There is the coconut , the Bananas the bread fruit and Melons without number and you can buy then as cheap as you like. They have a lot of rain and the temperature is seldom under 90 degrees I never saw anything so grand and can never see anything nicer. In the native Part of the town the Houses are chiefly made from Bamboo and thatched with a kind of reed grass. They have open fronts and as a rule are very dirty. Some of the natives are very nice and some are very ugly a number of the children are naked and look very happy but some of the older people look careworn and tired of life. There are a great number of Bullocks working in very rude carts and wagons They are very small and have a hump on the shoulder. They seem to work very well and take great loads for their sizes. These carts and wagons are of the most primitive kind They are covered with a kind of matting made of thick grass or reeds. The men principally were doing the washing For heavy articles the kick them on a lump of wood or stone this style of washing must wear the things very fast. They come to the ship to pick up the dirty cloths and bring them back from 1/6 to 2/- per doz. articles. When we got back to the ship Ada had a very bad headache I think it must have been on account of the heat I was measured for two suits of cotton as well as a sleeping suit called Pajummies. For the lot I had to pay 24/- . Mr Smith from London got Drunk today and fell into the sea when he was getting off the boat but was soon got out. We should have set sail at eight P.M. but on account of a steam pipe not coming to hand it was Midnight after waiting till 11-30 I went to bed and did not hear the engine start. “

A church parade was held aboard the ship every Sunday.

(The diary continues until June 1888 when he is nearing Cape Horn but sadly, as I have said, the diary from here is missing) As far as possible the spelling and forms of words and mis-spellings as used by my great grandfather, come from his text. All hand-written!

Times have changed!!