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It is with deep sadness that we share with the congregation that our much-loved friend, loyal Church member, elder and dedicated Church Officer, Mrs Sheila Hanlon passed away on Sunday 17th May.  

Sheila has been part of the congregation of St. Cuthbert’s from her childhood days, and over the years has been a good friend to many in the church and community.  Her life was inspired by her Christian faith and she touched our lives with her cheerfulness and kindness.

I have only had the privilege of knowing Sheila for two years, but from my first Sunday, Sheila made me very welcome and was eager to help in any way she could.  

We will remember Sheila as a special person and sister in Christ, who appreciated the gift of life in God’s wonderful world, and sought to share that joy of living with others.  

We remember Pat and all their family in our prayers,

Sarah Nicol.

Annual Accounts

The 2019 Annual Accounts were approved by the trustees on 28 January 2020 and subsequently examined by Bill Weir on 17 March 2020 with a ‘clean’ report. Due to lock down restrictions they have not been available to the congregation and others. Anyone wishing a paper copy should contact Ann Turner through this website.

Annual Report Year ending 31 December 2019

Life and Work

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During this challenging period, Life and Work is committed to helping keep our Christian community connected and so have made the May 2020 issue available on their website. This can be accessed by clicking the Life and Work image above or visiting their website HERE

Caledonia Thesis

A wee note from Meredith Greiling came through a couple of days ago letting me know that she passed her viva examination at the end of November and has now fully completed her PhD. WELL DONE! Meredith is Senior Curator of Transport with responsibility for all land, sea and air transportation in the collections, and has a particular interest in Scottish maritime history.  You can find out a little more about her work HERE (National Museums Scotland website).

The whole document is very large but she has kindly sent me a few extracts which you may be interested to read. She also said “I haven’t sent my entire thesis because it is a huge document, but if you are interested I could send it to you via a file-sharing website, but do not feel obliged!  I also intend to publish my research in some way, probably a follow up piece in Life and Work at the very least as that original article was so helpful at the start of my research.

Please contact the webmaster if you are interested in reading the full thesis and I will forward the request.

Caledonia Saltcoats Abstract

Scottish Church Ship Models summary 2019

Scottish Church Ships Chronological Order