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Thursday July 26 2018

Our regular round-up of news received from churches.

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THREE centenaries were commemorated recently on Tiree with a wreath-laying service at the grave of a young airman who gave his life serving with the RAF, dying in a crash on the island in 1944 at the age of 22.

The 100th anniversary of the founding of the RAF,  the centenary of the state of Czechoslovakia and the 100th anniversary of the Czechoslovak Air Force were marked in a special project launched by the Free Czechoslovak Air Force Associates Ltd, which sought to remember those who served in the RAF during the Second World War.

240 Czechoslovak airmen and one woman (WAAF) are known to have died in service during the War.

The project aimed to remember those who had died by placing a red white and blue carnation bouquet – the national Czech colours – and a tricolor on the gravestones or memorial of each.

One of the most remote graves was found at Soroby on the Isle of Tiree where Flying Officer Léonard Revilliod was killed in an accident in 1944. Leonard was a Swiss citizen, but the grandson of Tomáš Masaryk, the first President of the newly formed state of Czechoslovakia – and one of the first political leaders in Europe to express concern about the rise to power of Hitler in Germany.

The commemorative wreath was laid at Soroby Cemetery on Tiree on July 22.

Pictured (from left to right) are: the Rev Dr Iain C Barclay, MBE, Interim Moderator of Tiree Parish Church, laying the 'Project CzRAF 100' red, white and blue carnation bouquet - the Czech national colours - with a traditional Czech tricolour ribbon, in the company of Mr and Mrs Ian Gillies, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Argyll, Mrs Jane MacLeod of Lochgilphead and Mr Neil Munn.

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Visitors from Iran were recently hosted by the congregation of Greenhills Parish Church in East Kilbride.

The Rev John Brewster, minister at Greenhills said: “At a time of political tensions between America and Iran, Greenhills Parish Church are playing their small part for peace. They hosted Mohammad and Faezeh Otoofi from Iran.

“They visited the local hospital, the church, a neighbour’s house, the local charity store, enjoyed dinner with guests, and in the eveng a congregational singsong of Scottish songs and eating trifle, and a good time was had by all.”


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