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Thursday April 21 2022

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George Dickson and Frances Sinclair, two elders from St David's Broomhouse Parish Church in Edinburgh, received Maundy money from Prince Charles at St George's chapel, Windsor on Maundy Thursday.

The tradition of the monarch (or their representative) giving alms on Maundy Thursday dates back at least as far as the 13th century. In modern times, the recipients are chosen every year for service to their churches or communities.

This year, George and Frances were among 96 men and 96 women who were recognised for exemplary Christian service (96 being the age of the Queen).

The Rev Michael Mair, minister at St David's Broomhouse Parish Church, said: "George is an elder at St David's and serves as session clerk. George is a retired Scottish ambulance service manager. George makes it his business to make sure that members of the congregation are cared for, and that significant occasions in their lives (birthdays, anniversaries, births of family members) are marked appropriately as part of our Sunday worship. George is a great support to many within our community, is always ready with a word of encouragement and is very generous with his time, talents and resources.

“Frances has been an elder at St. David's for many years and has provided faithful service to the church and congregation. Before and following the lockdowns, Frances has ensured that our members can spend time together in fellowship following the service by ensuring refreshments are available, and takes on all of the responsibilities that surround this. She does it all with a cheerful attitude and is an ardent voice at our Kirk Sessions advocating for us to be doing more in the community to respond to needs that arise."


Decorating a cross is part of the Easter Day celebrations at Forfar St. Margaret's. Here the organist, Helen McLeod, adds a finishing touch.


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