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Coupar An­gus com­mu­nity mar­ket re­turned to the Cross on Satur­day.

De­spite the dre­ich weather, or­gan­is­ers were pleased with the suc­cess of the day.

There was a range of stalls at the mar­ket sell­ing a va­ri­ety of lo­cal pro­duce in­clud­ing plants and veg­eta­bles. Reg­u­lars in­clud­ing butch­ers Ann David­son, Myre­side Or­gan­ics and the Ver­sa­tile Veg­etable Church Morn­ing wor­ship on Sun­day was con­ducted by Rev Mike Ersk­ine in Alyth Parish Church. On Sun­day this week, morn­ing wor­ship be­gins at 11am. A cof­fee morn­ing will be held on Satur­day, May 27, from 10am­noon in Air­lie Street Hall to raise funds for the hall. Dur­ing term time the Sun­day school wel­comes chil­dren to the front pews of the church each Sun­day morn­ing. A creche for un­der-threes is avail­able dur­ing ev­ery Sun­day morn­ing ser­vice. The prayer group meets on Thurs­days in Burn­side Court lounge at 10.30am. Choir re­hearsal meets ev­ery Fri­day at 6.45pm. New mem­bers are wel­come. The church web­site at www.alyth­parishchurch.org.uk is up­dated weekly. Fam­ily his­tory project Alyth Fam­ily His­tory Project is open at Alyth Parish Church on Sun­days from 2-4pm. The ar­chive in­cludes thou­sands of pho­to­graphs of peo­ple, events, school, busi­nesses, wed­dings, bairns, views, etc. Ad­mis­sion is free. Ge­neal­ogy en­quiries are al­ways wel­come via fhp@alyth­parishchurch.org.uk or Face­book. Pipe band Alyth and District Pipe Band prac­tice on Wed­nes­day evenings from 6pm in Alyth Town Hall. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Elaine Stur­rock on 01828 640312 or email elaine@alyth­pipeband.org


Char­ity sale An an­i­mal wel­fare sale in aid of cats and other an­i­mals in need will take place in St Martin’s Pub­lic Hall, Bal­beg­gie, from 10am-4pm on Fri­day, June 2, and 10am-noon the fol­low­ing day. Stalls in­clude bric-a-brac, ‘good as new’, books, CDs, toys, jewellery and plants. There will also be a Brown­ies’ stall, tombola, raf­fle and re­fresh­ments. All wel­come. were all at the mar­ket, and new for this month was Flour­ish, a Blair­gowrie-based grower and sup­plier of peren­ni­als and shurbs.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Coupar An­gus and Ben­dochy Com­mu­nity Coun­cil also had a stall at the event en­abling mem­bers of the pub­lic to raise var­i­ous is­sues with them.

The next com­mu­nity mar­ket will take place on Satur­day, June 10. Church Sun­day’s ser­vice was con­ducted by Rev Robert Sloan. For ser­vice de­tails, see the Coupar An­gus sec­tion.

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Abbey Church Sun­day’s ser­vice was con­ducted by Rev Robert Sloan. The choir’s in­troit re­minded those gath­ered that ‘God is good’. Bi­ble read­ings, read by Jeff Brewer, were from Peter ch 3, v 13 to 22 and John ch 14, v 15-21. Af­ter­wards, Mr Sloan demon­strated that he still had much to learn as a mind-reader as he told the con­gre­ga­tion that Je­sus had un­der­stood the un­spo­ken fears and con­fu­sion of his dis­ci­ples when he had in­formed them that he was leav­ing them. Je­sus promised that they would never be on their own, that he would re­ceive a new helper, “the spirit of truth”, who would stay with them for­ever. This prom­ise was not only for the dis­ci­ples but has been there for ev­ery­one else over the cen­turies who love Je­sus. Mr Sloan said: “It came to my mind that as many of us delve into our fam­ily his­to­ries, the ‘who do we think we are’, does it cross our minds that the an­ces­tors we would like to know bet­ter all had this same prom­ise and many prob­a­bly made good use of it.” In the first bi­ble read­ing, the con­gre­ga­tion learned that they should jour­ney out and make faith cred­i­ble to oth­ers, whereas the Gospel read­ing fo­cused on the jour­ney into the life and deeds of the church. Love also fea­tured a lot in Sun­day’s ser­vice. Those gath­ered were told they should turn away from that ob­ses­sion with them­selves and love those around them, in­side and out­side the church. God reached out to peo­ple, and they are loved un­con­di­tion­ally. Peter was de­scribed as an amaz­ing am- bas­sador for Je­sus Christ – peo­ple should al­ways be pre­pared to give an an­swer for the rea­son for the hope that we have, they should share our storey of God’s love and care with oth­ers. The ser­vice con­cluded with singing the re­peated cho­rus of ‘Walk in the light of the Lord’. Be­fore the re­fresh­ments, or­gan­ist Austin Wilkie con­cluded his con­tri­bu­tion to our wor­ship with more won­der­ful or­gan music. His ren­di­tions were Min­uet from ‘Berenice’ by G F Han­del and March in D Ma­jor from ‘Sci­pio’ by G. F. Han­del. Af­ter­noon tea and cof­fee ses­sions are held in the Abbey Church on the first Fri­day of each month from 1.30-3pm, be­gin­ning in June. The Pride of Place Plant sale is on Satur­day, May 27, from 10am-noon. The spring cof­fee morn­ing re­cently held by the Ben­dochy Ladies Group raised £410.51. Prayer meet­ings are held at the Abbey Church ev­ery Wed­nes­day at 2pm. All wel­come. The Bi­ble study group will meet on Wed­nes­day at 7.15pm. Foot­ball club Coupar An­gus JFC’s AGM will be held in the Red House Ho­tel on Mon­day, June 19, at 7.30pm. Any­one wish­ing to lend a hand at matches in the club’s 2017/18 cam­paign is wel­come.


Ses­sion house An il­lus­trated talk en­ti­tled ‘A Spin Along the Ericht’ by Meg Luck­ins will be held in the Ses­sion House on Wed­nes­day, May 31, from 7.30pm. The talk will look at the role the mills played in Blair­gowrie’s past and fo­cus on what it used to be like when there were up to 14 spin­ning mills along the Ericht and what is left to­day, when a walk along the leafy river­bank pro­vides a fas­ci­nat­ing glimpse of this once vi­brant early in­dus­trial land­scape. £2 do­na­tion at the door in aid of Ses­sion House funds. Re­fresh­ments avail­able.

Stall-hold­ers Com­mu­nity coun­cil­lors, from left, John Eas­son, Keith Lan­ge­laan and Jo­hann Ren­nie Plants for sale Lorna Cun­ning­ham from Flour­ish

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