Due to the sudden illness of the Battalion Chaplain, the Rev. Ian Wilkie, the Battalion Officers’ Dedication Service, which was to be held on September 15 at Grahamston United Church, had to be postponed. We wish Mr Wilkie well and a speedy recovery.
On September 20, the Stedfast Association welcomed four new members on a trip to Scone Palace. They joined the other 22 and enjoyed the best weather of that week. After exploring the palace and its tea shop they walked off some of the excess in the grounds before retiring to the George Hotel in Perth for high tea.
On September 22, 1st Grangemouth held its enrolment service at Abbotsgrange Church, where as well as the normal parade and service, Kevin Lyon and John Russell were presented with 30-year long-service certificates. The ‘old’ battalion colours, recently entrusted to the company, were laid up in the chancel of the church. Unfortunately the day was overshadowed by the atrocity in Pakistan where 600 Christian worshippers were bombed with huge loss of life and injuries. The immediate family of the company chaplain, the Rev. Aftab Gohar, was tragically involved and we convey our deepest sympathy to him.
On the same day, another company chaplain, the Rev. Gavin Boswell of 1st Larbert (West Church), stood down from his charge and moves to Cowdenbeath. At his last service the BB and GB companies attended worship at the morning service.
Congratulations to eight-year-old McKenzie Ferguson of 1st Haggs who completed the 53 mile ‘Pedal for Scotland’ challenge from Glasgow to Edinburgh.