Talk on the letters of Samuel Rutherford

Love, Religion and Politics in the letters of Samuel Rutherfordis the title of a talk to be given by Dr Alison Searle of Leeds University at the Mill on the Fleet on Friday 20th April from 1.30 to 2.30.  The talk is one of the events in the Big Lit , Stewartry Literary Festival 2018
In her talk Alison will examine the heady mixture of divine eroticism, political activism and passionate pastoral care that distinguishes the letters of Scottish covenanter and Anwoth minister Samuel Rutherford.  Sent to a tight-knit network of correspondents during the British Civil Wars, these letters played a key role in strengthening the cause of Scottish Presbyterianism in Britain and making God's presence palpable in daily life.
The talk, cost £5 including tea and biscuits, will be followed by a guided walk to the Rutherford monument led by Alison Searle and David Steel

To book a place at the talk please visit the Big Lit web or contact the box office:  Tel: 07803 228497 / 07707 686109

Gatehouse parish church choir sing the Anwoth hymn

Anne Ross Cousin's hymn "The sands of Time are Sinking" is known as the Anwoth hymn because it recalls the life and writings of Samuel Rutherford and his time at Anwoth. The Rev Val Ott and the choir have researched the hymn.   Against the background of scenes of the old kirk at Anwoth and other views of Anwoth the choir sings this lovely hymn accompanied by David Mackay on the organ.


First aid course for Gatehouse volunteers

The car park at Gatehouse Community Centre was a sheet of ice when I arrived at 8.30 to help set up the planned one day first aid course for the Fleet Valley volunteers.  The caretaker was already at the centre and had got the heating on and showed me the grit box and grit was soon liberally spread across the access to the centre.

We were then joined by course giver George Fell, who had made it to Gatehouse from the Trossachs, sleeping in his car on a blocked M74 overnight.  Twelve volunteers were all in the centre by 9 am ready for the course and we were joined by Anna Johnson, Scenic Area officer.  We enjoyed an excellent full day emergency first aid course very much tailored to the needs of a voluntary group like ours out and about in the woods and hills around Gatehouse.

For more information on George’s courses see

Monument memories

Strapping round the Rutherford monument is keeping it safe as strong winds, heavy rain and, more recently frost and snow test the structure.  Here are a few recent images of the monument in winter.  We would like to show more images of the monument.  If you have have images or memories, whether old or more recent which you would like to share, please send them to

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Rutherford monument update: November 2017

With the strapping safely in place, restoration work on the Rutherford monument will begin in the spring when the weather is dry enough to take the scaffolding up to the monument and when the risk of high winds and frost has passed. In the meantime the Fleet Valley volunteers have continued to do excellent work clearing the paths to the monument. Research work is also ongoing for a trail leaflet and information boards for the Mill.

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The Rutherford Monument Project

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