Talk to celebrate the restoration of the Rutherford monument

The Mill on the Fleet was the venue for an excellent talk by Professor John Coffey of Leicester University to make the restoration of the monument. Over forty people were present at the Mill to hear John Coffey talk about the life and work of Samuel Rutherford and to set it in the turbulent history of 17th century Europe. 

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Samuel Rutherford at the 2018 Big Lit Festival in Gatehouse

Love, Religion and Politics in the Letters of Samuel Rutherford; this was the title of a talk by Dr Alson Searle

as part of Big Lit 2018, which explored the 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.

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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 sitewww.biglit.org 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 www.georgefell.co.uk

The Rutherford Monument Project


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