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Grahamston United Church Guild

Falkirk’s Grahamston United Church Guild is still going strong after 125 years of service to its community and church.

Its origins lie in supplying clothes for needy locals and repairing linen for the old infirmary in Thornhill Road through the stewardship of Harriet Gibson - a trailblazer of her era.

The Grahamston guild was one of the first 13 in the country all those years ago and while times may have changed their motto, ‘Whose we are and Whom we serve’, is still one present members live by. Members these days take part in shoebox appeals and awareness campaigns tackling homelessness, domestic abuse, children’s issues and Aids as well as raising money for local good causes and helping older people through home and hospital visits.

The movement was originally the Women’s Guild, but that changed in 1997 and men were allowed to join.

The institution’s name is now the Church of Scotland Guild.

The Grahamston guild is one of 21 in the Falkirk Presbytery, dedicated to making a difference in local communities.

WHO: Grahamston United Church Guild

WHERE: Bute Street, Falkirk

WHEN: Every Wednesday

CONTACT: Dorothy McClements, (01324) 558831

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