Down mem­ory lane

Campbeltown Courier - - LETTERS -

TRA­DI­TION­ALLY mem­ory lane deals with news at least a decade old and some­times a cen­tury.

This week the Courier re­mem­bers the events of a year ago when Auchin­lee staff faced a bleak Christ­mas, and the res­i­dents the loss of their home. It was saved but in a stay of ex­e­cu­tion, as at the end of March 2018, the re­main­ing res­i­dents are sched­uled to move into Lorne Camp­bell Court.

Things were very dif­fer­ent in 1969 when the Church of Scot­land pub­lished: The Chal­lenge of Need, A his­tory of so­cial ser­vice by the Church of Scot­land 1869-1969.

For­mer Auchin­lee ma­tron Eva Mac­Don­ald MBE has held onto this pub­li­ca­tion for decades.

Chap­ter 14 is about the post-war ef­forts to open Even­tide homes for the el­der­ley. Pages 138 to 141 deal with Auchin­lee and it is clear the house was gifted to the church, al­though the church sub- The Chal­lenge of Need. se­quently paid Mrs E C L McKer­sie £4,000 and, as the donor, she per­formed the open­ing cer­e­mony on July 30, 1952.

Dur­ing cam­paign meet­ings last year, led by Save Auchin­lee, it was re­peat­edly stated that Auchin­lee be­longed to the town. That seems not to be the case.

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