Time to re-ded­i­cate Rat­tray Church clock

Lo­cal cam­paign raised £4000 for its restora­tion

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Clare Damodaran

Mem­bers and friends of the con­gre­ga­tion of Rat­tray Parish Church at­tended a spe­cial ser­vice to mark the re-ded­i­ca­tion of the church clock last week.

The clock, which was re­fur­bished last year fol­low­ing a cam­paign to raise £4000 for the much-needed restora­tion project, was re-ded­i­cated by the Mod­er­a­tor of the Gen­eral Assem­bly of the Church of Scot­land, the Right Rev Dr Rus­sell Barr, on Wed­nes­day.

Rev Linda Ste­wart wel­comed the Mod­er­a­tor and his wife to the evening ser­vice at Rat­tray Church, which was also at­tended by Pres­bytery Clerk John Rus­sell, Ses­sion Clerk of Blair­gowrie Parish Church Alis­dair Drum­mond and Rev Tom Tait, a for­mer min­is­ter of Rat­tray Church.

At the ser­vice, Rat­tray Church Ses­sion Clerk, Andrew Hodge, spoke about the life of Rat­tray Church through­out the years and the peo­ple of note as­so­ci­ated with it.

He re­ferred to the var­i­ous memo­ri­als within and out­side the Church which bore mem­ory to some of these.

Re­fer­ring to the church clock, he said that at the time it was in­stalled in the church, it was viewed with great civic pride as there were not many such clocks in ex­is­tence.

In his ad­dress, Dr Barr paid trib­ute to the gen­eros­ity of church mem­bers and the wider com­mu­nity who had made pos­si­ble the con­tin­ued record­ing of time for gen­er­a­tions to come.

A plaque has been erected to mark the re-ded­i­ca­tion by Dr Barr.

Com­mem­o­ra­tion A plaque marks the re-ded­i­ca­tion by Dr Barr Ser­vice Dr Barr n Rat­tray Church (left) with min­is­ter Rev Linda Ste­wart and Rat­tray Church Ses­sion Clerk, Andrew Hodge

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