OUTREACH SERVICES AT DRUM CASTLE CHAPEL HAVE STARTED
Our first service at Drum Castle Chapel was successful in many ways. A good time was had by all who attended, from a variety of congregations and backgrounds. The setting inside was quiet and spiritual. The chapel lies in a small grove of trees near the castle, and behind it is the family plot. In addition to a great many Irvines laid to rest in the plot, there is the pet tortoise, which apparently lived as long as our congregation has been around. Afterwards, the congregants enjoyed Shiraz and Mr. Dean’s Cheese Bites. As a reminder, although the attached picture looks nice and bright, it was taken with flash photography. As the National Trust prohibits lit candles, it’s best to bring a large-print prayer book!
The second service drew only 4 but this coincided with a service at St. Ternan’s to commemorate the anniversary of Lisa Eunson’s death.
There has been a slight hiccup in that NTS would not publicise the services until they had seen that our insurance covered this outreach – it does – and that is now in order. A reminder that these services happen at 6pm on the third Sunday of the Month.
YOU ARE INVITED
ST. TERNAN’S GETS NEW RECTOR
After a year’s interregnum following the death of Rev. Canon Lisa Eunson it is pleasing to hear that Rev. Lynsay Downs will be installed as Rector of St. Ternan’s at 2pm on Saturday August 11th. St. Ternan’s congregation have very kindly invited any members of Christ Church congregation to attend. Given our long association with St. Ternan’s it is to be hoped that Christ Church will be well represented.
The following brief biography has been lifted from the website of St. Mungo’s, East Linton
Rev’d Lynsay M. Downs is a priest and poet serving in the Scottish Episcopal Church, diocese of Edinburgh. Originally from Staffordshire,(where she met her husband, Simon) Lynsay studied European Studies at Hull, before teaching English as a foreign language with the British Council in Hungary for 4 years. After the birth of her first child, Seth, Lynsay studied Theology at Oxford as a Church of England ordinand. Whilst she was there her second son, Con, was born. Lynsay served her title in Wolverhampton and went on to be Team Vicar to the Church of the Holy Spirit in the parish of Brereton and Rugeley. In 2013 she heard the call to Scottish Episcopalianism and more specifically to the linked charges of Penicuik and West Linton. Lynsay’s first book of poetry, ‘A Contemplative Cacophony’ is available from Amazon. She is currently writing a prayer book, incorporating her poetry, for people praying out of life’s hard places. Both Lynsay’s sons are on the Autistic spectrum, a fact that has led her into new spheres of ministry. Lynsay is always ready to accompany, in prayer and/or conversation anyone who just discovering that their lives are touched by Autism. This has also led to a particular interest in the ways in which Christians communicate their identity in the body of Christ through the non-verbal elements of liturgy. When Lynsay finds she has time to herself she like nothing better than a good cup of coffee/glass of wine and some quality yarn to knit with.
FELLOWSHIP OF ST ANDREW
In order to recognise and honour those who have made a significant contribution to the life of the Diocese and beyond the bishop has inaugurated a Fellowship of St Andrew. Fellowships will be awarded to lay people who have made such a contribution over a good number of years, and whose gifts have been evident in a wide range of settings. Through the Fellowship the Cathedral and Diocese will recognise major contributions to our common life that leave a legacy of great and lasting benefit to those who follow.
The first Fellowship was awarded to Professor Andrew Morrisson at the Diocesan Choral Festival on Trinity Sunday.
- OWEN JENKINS
- CHILDREN’S CHOIR
DG Writes: The first session of the Children’s Choir was a truly uplifting experience. With only two new young people able to make it for the first Sunday, I was a little nervous, not being able to visualize how it would work out. In no time, Nicky had four young people and participating adults working together and making some simple but lovely music. When Nicky went to provide accompaniment on the organ, Daniel Page had a first go at conducting! Due to the need for parental permissions we didn’t take any photos this time, and this reporter is suOIR DEVELOPMENTSre that Daniel was pleased at the respite.
Having had a second session the choir will definitely be performing an anthem on 1st July.
Centrepost is a monthly diary issued by the Diocese advising of church related events, outwith regular services. For a sample of the publication click this link: https://aoepiscopal.scot/centreposts/centrepost-december-2017/
Many people receive a copy of this direct from the diocese. If you are not on this list and if you want to receive copies please advise the Vestry Secretary of what e-mail address to which you’d like it mailed.
DATA PROTECTION – YOUR HELP REQUIRED PLEASE
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25th May 2018. Rev. Dr. David Greenwood has been ensuring our mailing list is compliant and we issued our simple policy statement in the last edition.
Inevitably there will be a hiccup and it may be that some people don’t receive this newsletter which may be our fault or because they’ve failed to confirm that they want to remain on our list.
Please could you help – and ask other members of the congregation and friends if they’ve received the newsletter and advise the secretary if they haven’t but want to be on the list.
PAGE – RAUNIKAR WEDDING
Daniel Page has been attending with us for about two years at Christ Church, quietly helping behind the scenes on the vestry and now helping with the children’s choir. Daniel is getting married to Mary Raunikar, who is a harpist and music therapist, on 7 July in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the United States and will be returning to Scotland with her later in the summer. It’s an occasion of great joy for them and their families, but all the trans-Atlantic travel will no doubt add another dimension to things, so your prayers please for them both!
DIOCESAN CHORAL FESTIVAL
The DIOCESAN CHORAL FESTIVAL was held on Sunday 27th May 2018 at St. Andrew’s Cathedral and members of Christ Church Choir attended along with friends who sing with us from the choirs of St. Ternan’s and St. Thomas’. The music included; the beautiful Sanctus from the Seabury Mass by Paul Mealor – worth listening to if you haven’t heard it - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byXdLYfLX2A - (the Sanctus is at 5min 50secs); The Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by T Tertius Noble and the anthem was J Stainer’s I Saw the Lord.
The Bishop preached but, unfortunately, your correspondent, a chorister, heard not a word of it as the PA system didn’t seem to reach the choir.
SUMMER CHILDREN’S CHURCH
Following on from last year’s success we have tentative dates for our Summer children’s program. Trying to schedule it for the benefit of the local families, we are aiming for three Wednesday afternoons. While that may prove difficult for some of you to come along and meet kids and their parents in an informal setting, it’s definitely worth the effort. These are fun kids, and the future of the Deeside communities. More details as we get closer, but for now, consider saving these dates: 18 July – Games and Planting at Christ Church; 1 August – Trip to Potarch Bridge and Inn; 15 August – Trip to Dess and Deeside Activity Centre.
THE GREAT WAR – the stories of more of our parish’s fallen – by Jean Abbot.
Sapper J. W. Coutts - R.E.
This is James Winchester Coutts, Sapper in the Royal Engineers 21st Div. Signal Coy. (No. 402951). He was a son of Joseph Coutts and Catherine Winchester Coutts, born in Kensington in December 1888. Both his parents were born in Scotland – father in Aboyne and mother in Morayshire. In 1891 two-year-old James and his parents and three older brothers, Joseph, David and Gordon, were at Ballogie Stables though Joseph, despite his Stables address, gave his occupation as “Coachman Out of Employment” at the time. By 1901 he was in work again as a domestic coachman, and the family were living at 19 Elvaston Mews, Kensington, but records show that, at some point after that, they returned to the North-East.
On 20 July 1912 Coutts, then a Journeyman cabinetmaker, married Helen Carnegie Wilson, both of 144 Wellington Road, Aberdeen. His father (who had retired by the time of the marriage in 1912) died at the age of 67 in December 1916 at Cochran Cottage. According to a notice in the Aberdeen Weekly Journal, Coutts died of wounds received in action on 27 May 1918 at the age of 29 years and 7 months, “dearly beloved husband of Nellie Wilson, 18 Granton Place Aberdeen, and dearly beloved youngest son of Mrs J Coutts, Cochrane Cottage, Kincardine O’Neil, Aberdeenshire. So loved so mourned”.
The Company’s War Diary makes no mention of any fatality on 27 May 1918, though there is a record of enemy bombardment and the launching of an attack at 1am. Sapper Coutts is buried/commemorated in France at Marfaux British Cemetery.
Private F.G. Beaton - Gordon Hrs.
Fraser Singer (not G) Beaton of the 52nd Btn. Gordon Highlanders was born in Aberlour on 5 June 1899. His parents were Farquhar Beaton, a baker, and Isabella Forbes Singer who married at Inverurie in 1894. In 1901 the family were living with Isabella’s parents at Urybank, Keithhall, Inverurie. Fraser had an older brother Farquhar. His grandparents, Francis and Isabella Singer, also had 7 children living with them at that time, the eldest being 35 and the youngest 6. In the census of 1911 the Beatons, including Fraser aged 11, were registered at Myra Cottage, Torphins, by which time he had twin younger sisters aged 9. He gave his place of residence on enlistment in the Gordons (No. TR1/10586) as Aberdeen. Records show that he had registered as a member of the National Union of Railway Workers in April 2017, so his fateful war service may have been quite short, as he died aged 18 at Colchester on Tuesday 12 March 1918 and was buried at Inverurie.
The Aberdeen Weekly Journal on 22 March 1918 reported on what happened to him: “Private Fraser S. Beaton, Gordons, who died of pneumonia in a military camp in England, was buried with military honours in Inverurie Churchyard on Tuesday afternoon. The Rev Wm Cruickshank, U. F. Church, conducted the service. The local Volunteer Company and also the soldiers employed at the Locomotive Works, under the command of Captain P. W. M. Laing were present. The firing party was in the charge of Sergt. Wm Park.
Private Beaton was a son of Mr Farquhar Beaton, baker, late of Torphins. He was for some time in service at Drumnagesk, and latterly in the employment of the Great North of Scotland Railway Company”.
Private G. S. J. Ewen - North’d. Fus.
This is George Skene Illingworth (I.not J.) Ewen. He was born at West Town Tarland on 1 September 1895 (forty minutes before his twin sister Annie), son of John Ewen, Farmer and Isabella (Isie) Ferries, who had been married at Leochel Cushnie in 1878. In 1901 they lived at Knocksoul Cottage, Logie Coldstone and John was employed at that time as a general labourer. Five year old George had brothers Alexander and Charles (12 and 9) and a sister Annie aged 5. He may be the George Ewen employed as a cattleman on the farm of Alexander Troup at East Pett, Tarland in the 1911 Census, but there were a lot of Ewens in and about Tarland at that time and it is not possible to be sure.
Ewen gave his address on enlistment as Torphins, and served in the Army Service Corps (no. 2598282) then the 11th (Service) Bn Northumberland Fusiliers (No.55703). The 11th were formed in 1914 as part of Kitchener’s Third New Army, and served initially on the Western Front as part of the 68th Brigade and 23rd Division of the British army. In autumn 1917, reinforcements from French and British forces were sent to support the Italian army which had been driven back by German and Austrian forces to the Piave River, following the Battle of Caporetto. Some of these men returned to the Western Front to assist in resisting the Spring Offensive of 1918, but the 11th Northumberland Fusiliers remained, and took part, in June 1918 in the Second Battle of the Piave River which ultimately resulted in a victory of the Italian army against the Central Powers. It was a significant victory which is reckoned to have marked decisively the beginning of the end of the Austro-Hungarian empire as a political entity, and of its army. Ewen died on the first day of that Battle, 15 June 1918. He was killed in action on 15 June 1918 and is buried at Magnaboschi British Cemetery.
Driver M.K. Clark - R.F.A
Malcolm Kellas Clark, born Keith on 25 May 1897, was a son of Alexander Clark, farmer Upper Mulben (near Keith), and Isabella Malcolm, domestic servant. Isabella was the daughter of a Shepherd at Mains of Rhynie, and was born at Rhynie. In 1901 young Malcolm was living in his grandmother Malcolm’s household in Keith with his mother, two other boys who may have been siblings – James Grant aged 13 and George Clark aged 5 months, and his uncle John aged 32. Isabella married, in 1905, Alexander Morrison, but in 1908 tragedy struck the family when Alexander, a marine stoker on the Buckie steam drifter “Jeannie Murray”, died by drowning in Stornoway Harbour in the early hours of a Sunday morning, along with five others, who were being conveyed in a rowing boat to their own vessels at anchor in the harbour. In 1910 Isabella married a man called John Abernethy Murdoch. Possibly somewhere in this complicated family background there was a connection with the parish of Kincardine O’Neil but on present information it is unclear what that was.
Clark became a Gunner (No. 549 and 630227) in the Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery 104 Brigade. This was a Howitzer Brigade serving as part of 23rd Division until January 1917 when it became the 104th Army Field Artillery Brigade.
In the absence of his personal record it has so far proved impossible to tell exactly what became of this soldier. He died, aged 21, of wounds inflicted in the course of service on the Western Front, in the very last weeks of the war on 3 October 1918, and is buried/commemorated at Tincourt New British Cemetery.
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The rota for the next three months is elsewhere on this website.