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Audi’s new Q cars

April 12 2017

Another week, another new Audi. Two new Audis, in fact. The German car maker has announced a couple more additions to its Q line up of SUVs. The Q4 is a coupe-SUV hybrid that will go up against the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. As its name suggests, it’ll be positioned between the compact Q3 and bigger Q5. At the other end of the scale is the Q8, which will go head to head against the Range Rover. It’s lower and sleeker than the Q7 Audi is also producing. In concept form, it sat only four people, although it seems likely the production version will be a five seater. There’s a 630 litre boot as well. Eagle eyed Audi followers will notice the only SUV slots left to fill are the Q1 and Q6. Watch this space...

Angus & The Mearns

Public urged to explore Carmyllie’s treasures

March 2 2017

An Angus community hopes to help visitors make their way through its history with the launch of a heritage trail pamphlet. Carmyllie Heritage, in association with Angus Council, wants to produce a 90-minute guided tour around the medieval settlement and “fermtoun”, its growth as part of Panmure Estate, and the nearby village of Greystone. Among 15 stops, the tour takes in Milton or “mill town”, the 18th century graveyard, the 17th century kirk with stained glass windows by Stephen Adam, and the former settlement of Tuttiesneuk. Carmyllie Parish Church was built in 1609 on the same site of St Mary’s Chapel where the monks from Arbroath Abbey assisted in the religious services. During the 17th century there was turmoil between the Reformed Presbyterian Kirk and the Episcopalians, the principal heritor (Earl of Panmure) being the supporter of the latter. After the Jacobite rebellion in 1715, church affairs became more settled with ordained Presbyterian ministers. Carmyllie Heritage Society chairperson Anne Law said: “It’s taken us three years to develop this, working with neighbours, the committee and Angus Council, who all led us in the right direction. “The pamphlet is the icing on the cake and we hope the heritage trail will encourage people to visit our village and explore its many treasures.” Before the formation of Carmyllie parish in 1607, landowners owned stretches of land, such as ‘Carmyly’, Glester, Curr, Skechen and Conon all within walking distance. Conon was by far the earliest (1180) name mentioned in the Arbroath Muniments written by the monks of Arbroath Abbey. There was already a pre-reformation chapel on Strachan’s ‘Carmyly’ lands when an act of Parliament was passed in 1609 to erect Carmyllie Kirk ‘into a parochial charge’ the whole parish was then named Carmyllie. The extremities of the Inverkeilor lands which included Cononsyth Estate and Backboath were brought within the Carmyllie boundaries together with Panbride’s outlying lands round the Firth. The Guynd Estate, later acquired by the Ouchterlonys, was brought into the parish. Carmyllie Heritage Society was founded in 2009 with the purpose of exploring and recording the rich history of Carmyllie and to raise public awareness of Carmyllie as a source of historic value.

Perth & Kinross

Perth’s Great Parish Bake Off invites everyone to turn up and tuck in

August 29 2015

Perth will come alive to the smell of mouth-watering cakes, jams and bread courtesy of the Great Parish Bake Off today. Churches across the region and Perth YMCA have joined together to deliver the spectacular Perth Alive Festival on the North Inch from noon until 4.30pm. The heat will be turned up at this year’s event when in addition to live music, sports, giant inflatables, puppets and children’s activities bakers from around Perthshire present their delicacies for judging in the Great Parish Bake Off. Members of 13 churches have been battling it out in heats over the past two months, with each church submitting the best entries for the final, being held during the Perth Alive Festival. The Great Parish Bake Off was the brainchild of Becky Erskine from Craigie and Moncreiffe Church of Scotland. She said: “This is a wonderful way of uniting churches and organisations across Perthshire. “People greatly enjoy the challenges of baking and this is a fantastic way to embrace skill, talent and celebrate community spirit. “By kind donation, the entrants have offered the sale of their bakes at the end of the festival, so many people will be able to sample the best home baking Perthshire churches have to offer.” Judges for the Great Parish Bake Off will include Provost of Perth and Kinross Liz Grant and the head baker from Perth’s Murrays the Bakers, Colin Laing. Murrays is the 2015 World Scotch Pie champion. The panel will be rounded off by the head pastry chef at 63 Tay Street one of only 15 restaurants in Scotland to hold the Eat Scotland Gold Award Lee Steele. Provost Liz Grant said “This is a marvellous community event and I look forward very much to the challenge of judging the bake off.” Among the musicians taking part in the festival is acclaimed singer songwriter Steph Macleod. There will also be the opportunity to listen to an international choir made up of young people who are attending a bible school in Perth over the summer. Entry to the festival is free and everyone is welcome, whether they attend church or not.

Fife

Minister who led Fife congregation to take Church of Scotland’s highest role

October 12 2016

A former Fife minister is to be the next moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. The Rev Dr Derek Browning will take over the 12-month role in May, next year. His first charge was at Cupar Old Parish Church, where he was ordained in 1987 and led the congregation for 14 years. He is also a graduate of St Mary’s College in St Andrews and has served the Church in several capacities in St Andrews and Edinburgh presbyteries and at national level. Dr Browning, 54, will succeed the Right Rev Dr Russell Barr as the Church’s ambassador at home and abroad. He said: “Being nominated as moderator is the greatest honour the Church of Scotland can bestow. “It’s a huge privilege.” Dr Browning graduated as a doctor of ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary in the United States in 1997 and read history at Corpus Christi College in Oxford. He has served Morningside Parish Church in Edinburgh since 2001. He also played a key role in establishing the church’s biggest annual open-air festival, the Heart and Soul festival in Edinburgh. Dr Browning takes the lead at what he said was a time when the church was evolving. He said: "Structures and organisations around us continue to change, but the big questions about who we are, why we are here, and what must we do and be are the ones people continue to ask. "These are challenging times for people of faith and for the Church. "An American colleague said recently ‘The Church isn’t dying, it’s re-forming.’ "Re-forming is a costly and unsettling process but a fit-for-purpose 21st Century Church must have the resilience and the flexibility to be unashamed of its faith in Jesus Christ, and practical in its living out of that faith." Dr Browning, who has contributed to BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought programme, intends to use his tenure to highlight work by churches to support those on the margins of society. He said: "People find themselves excluded for all sorts of reasons and the Church must play a role in bridging the gaps between individuals, communities and nations. "The Church has much to offer, and has much to learn."

Dundee

Church assignment allows architecture students to show how they would have altered history

February 3 2016

Third year architecture students from Dundee University have put the finishing touches to a Dundee church more than a century after it was built. Logie and St John’s (Cross) Parish Church on Shaftesbury Avenue was built more than 100 years ago but the steeple on the building was never completed. The church’s minister, the Rev David Gray, is a former architect and decided to offer architecture students from Dundee University the chance to imagine how the steeple could be completed. Although their designs will not be built, year leader Ralph Tilston said the project allowed students to work together and let their imaginations run wild. He said: “Part of the competition is the idea that design is a collaborative process. “Students tend to sit on their own and produce designs but the reality is they will often be working in teams.” Mr Tilston added: “The other thing is that competition like this gives them the opportunity to try out new ideas. “They have academic work they must do but this gives them the chance to do something a bit more wacky.” The competition was sponsored by the Dundee Institute of Architects and the group’s Joe Narsapur and Mr Gray picked two joint winners. The first winning team comprised of Dino Cambanos, Georgios Chatzikomnou, Paola Denton and Adam Lancaster-Bartle while Georgia Burghardt-Scriven, Katarina Partikova, Erika Varha and Bowen Wang made up the second winning team. The designs will now be on display at the church between 2 and 4pm every day until next Monday. Logie and St John’s (Cross) Parish Church was built between 1911 and 1914 but the steeple was never completed. In the 1970s a new hall was built at the rear of the building. Its congregation originally met in the City Churches until it was destroyed in a fire in 1841. They worshipped at the Gaelic Chapel on Tay Street until the new church was completed.

Dundee

Church raided and wheelchair stolen as callous thieves strike in Dundee

September 8 2015

Thieves have ransacked a Dundee church causing thousands of pounds worth of damage even raiding its kitchen for tea bags. Criminals broke into Coldside Parish Church in the dead of night, pillaging numerous rooms in the complex before making off with an eclectic haulincluding flat-screen televisions and part of a sound system. The raiders also tore their way through dozens of charity shoeboxes destined for the poor of Romania. Shocked members of the congregation discovered the crime after they went to open the recently-renovated church hall for community events on Monday morning. The Rev Tony Thornthwaite described the break-in as “bizarre” and “disappointing”. He told The Courier: “We do things here for the community.It is so disappointing that this has happened. The building is getting used a lot and we really do as much as we can. “It is going to make life a bit moredifficult for a while.” Police are now hunting those behind the raid, which took place between 9.30pm on Sunday and 8am on Monday. The criminals broke into the church hall before ransacking the entirebuilding, including smashing their way through a door into the body of the kirk, scattering glass shards in front of the altar. Several high-value goods were taken, including two flat-screen televisions,valued at hundreds of pounds, as well as part of the church’s sound system and a laminator. The raiders also ransacked the church’s kitchen, stealing teabags and a bin, as well as flinging polystyrene cups around the room. “It is bizarre,” Mr Thornthwaite said.“We host lots of events in the facility, it is really used by the community. We were meant to have one with NHSTayside that we’ve now had to cancel. “We also host the R&R caf here, which has been really successful, and are opening a community caf too. It is just a very disappointing thing to have happen.” A spokeswoman for Police Scotland, Tayside Division, said: “We received a report of a break-in at Coldside Parish Church between 9.30pm on Sunday and 8am on Monday. “A number of items were taken and officers are currently investigating. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or speak to any officer.”

Dundee

St Andrews church £900,000 fundraiser kicks off with £10,000 donation from the Nine Incorporated Trades

January 19 2015

A £900,000 fundraising campaign to transform St Andrews Parish Church in Dundee has been launched with a £10,000 donation. The donation from the Nine Incorporated Trades of Dundee was made following Sunday service by deacon convener Jim Shearer and six of his predecessors, with the church minister the Rev Dr Janet Foggie. The 250 Campaign aims to raise the money in time for the church’s 250th anniversary in 2024. Dr Foggie said: We’re hoping the money will be raised by a combination of fundraising and grant applications. “This £10,000 donation officially launches the fund and makes a huge difference and the church is hugely appreciative of that.”

Fife

Dunfermline war memorial now paying more fitting tribute to the fallen

March 24 2011

A first world war memorial on a Dunfermline church is now shining brightly again in remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The memorial, on the wall outside the doors at Dunfermline North Parish Church, was looking rather dirty, and that's where the Co-operative Funeralcare service got involved. As neighbours of the Chalmers Street church, staff were only too pleased to step in as part of their commitment to helping local communities. Regional manager Andrew Beveridge said, "Someone in the congregation said the war memorial could be doing with some refurbishment. We immediately spoke to our memorial department and they carried out the work." Leading a small but poignant outdoor rededication service was the church's minister, the Rev Ian Thom, who said the organisation as part of its community projects scheme polished and repainted the memorial stone for the church. "It now looks fantastic," he added. Laying a wreath dedicated to the 44 names inscribed on the memorial was congregation member Barbara Logan. Her mother's cousin, Robert Birrell, perished in the war when he was only 18 and his name is inscribed on the stone. Mrs Logan, who has seen four generations of her family involved with the church, was delighted to see the memorial revamped.

Fife

Courier’s Win a Minibus competition enters the home straight

October 25 2016

There's only one week left in our Win a Minibus competition - and Wednesday is a bonanza day for tokens. The Courier's Win a Minibus competition has energised our readers, with entries flooding in from all points of the compass. People have been furiously buying up copies of The Courier to collect the tokens that could bag a bus for their school, organisation or club. * See Wednesday's Courier for a bumper token giveaway Among them is Elizabeth Lee of Ceres, Kemback & Springfield (CKS) Parish Church. CKS was formed as a union of three historic Church of Scotland parishes that serve a rural area south of Cupar in Fife. "Ceres is a lively village with a great deal going on; Kemback has a scattered population of farmers and commuters, and Springfield is a growing settlement with many young families," Elizabeth says of the parish. "Besides providing opportunities for worship in the three churches, we host soup lunches and concerts, talks and carpet bowls, whist drives, a Sunday school and a youth club. Members of the church visit local care homes, and in the summer go further afield on jaunts and visits." The rural nature of the parishes and the fact many of the flock are elderly and no longer drive are two of the main reasons why Elizabeth hopes CKS Parish Church wins The Courier's minibus. "The parish is five miles long and three miles wide, and although it is fairly easy to get to Cupar, to the north, it is often quite difficult to go from one end of the parish to the other, except by private car," she continues. "Some areas are not well served by public transport, especially at weekends. "We are, historically, three separate communities, but we are growing together. Having a minibus would mean that those at the ends of the parish could more easily attend services and events five miles away, and profit from the diversity which we enjoy. "Some of our members are elderly, and do not find it easy to drive at night.  Some do not drive at all. With a minibus, it would be much easier to bring them to events which it might be difficult for them to attend. "It would increase the range of activities of our youth club and make it possible to bring in participants from outlying parts of the parish who are at present unable to join.  When jaunts and excursions, or courses and seminars take place outside the parish a minibus would be a great advantage. "We  think of ourselves as being a church 'at the heart of the community, with the community at its heart'. Naturally, we would seek to put a minibus at the service of the community, and do our best to share it with other local organisations."

Angus & The Mearns

Carnoustie pillar of the community Sydney Robb

April 15 2017

The funeral has taken place of former DC Thomson engineer and Carnoustie Panbride Church elder Sydney Robb, who died aged 84. Mr Robb was born in Carnoustie on December 12 1932 and was educated at the town school. He left school at 15 and joined Anderson Grice Engineers as an apprentice, qualifying as an engineer draughtsman. Mr Robb married Ena Learmonth at Barry Church in 1953 and went to work the Babcock and Wilcox drawing office in Dundee five years later. In 1961 he joined the staff of DC Thomson as assistant to the mechanical superintendent in the production department, and worked on the installation of the gravure plant at the company’s Kingsway Works in the early 1960s, as well as various projects in the Bank Street, West Ward and Glasgow plants. After rising to the post of engineering systems manager in 1992, Mr Robb retired at the Kingsway in his 38th year with the company in 1998. In Mr Robb’s youth he played junior and juvenile level football for various clubs in Angus and Perthshire. He was a founder member and later chairman of Carnoustie and District Round Table and the 41 Club, and was on the town’s gala committee for 15 years including a recent stint as treasurer. Mr Robb was a long-standing member of Caledonia Golf Club and played regularly in his retirement. The Robbs celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary in 2013, joined by the Lord Lieutenant of Angus Georgiana Osborne and then Provost Helen Oswald. The couple were both members of the congregation at Carnoustie Panbride Church for many years, Mr Robb being an elder there, and Mrs Robb ran the Macmillan Cancer Support shop in Park Avenue for more than 30 years. She died in 2016. Mr Robb is survived by daughters Olive and Karen, son Kevin, three granddaughters, one great grandson and one great granddaughter.

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