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Thursday September 19 2019

Our regular round-up of news received from churches

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A recording of the unique collection of bells at St John’s Kirk in Perth has been released on CD.

St John’s has a carillon (a set of bells played from a keyboard) of 35 bells, including a keynote bell installed when the church tower was completed in 1511. The other 34 were cast in London and installed in 1935 following an appeal, several of them donated as memorials to men killed in World War One.

The carillon is owned by the City of Perth and looked after by the city council, and regularly played by world-renowned carilloneur Dr Ian Cassells. St John’s follows the European traditions of playing music of all types on the bells, rather than the more familiar English one of change ringing.

The recording was produced by the Friends of St John’s Kirk, with the help of Nick Green from the audio engineering department of Perth College UHI, and his students. The artwork was drawn by a member of the Friends, Sara Hulbert DA.

For more information on the carillon visit the St John’s Kirk website. CDs cost £8 and are available to buy from the church.


Crafts and Company is a small but enthusiastic group of ladies who meet on Monday afternoons in the Nether Lochaber Parish Church Hall, to knit, crochet and sew, producing blankets, hats and garments for several worthy causes.

One member of the group, Grace Harpur, is pictured with some of the 100 children’s jumpers she has knitted in response to an appeal from Blythswood Care.


Members of Larbert East Church were recognised for a total of 571 years’ service at a recent ceremony.

Pictured from left: Back: Kelvin Cairns, Senga Smith, Christine Robinson, Dave Tooth, Ronnie Summers, John Green, Ann MacDonald. Front: Laura Dignan (student in training for the ministry), Audrey Hunter, Elizabeth Martin, Kate Duncan, Robin Duncan, the Rev Melville Crossthwaite (Larbert East minister).
Not able to attend: Ken Drummond, Jetta Grieve, Gordon Whitelaw, Andy Sinclair, Dorothy Sinclair.


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