Former Kirk Mod­er­a­tor re­gales Oban au­di­ence

The Oban Times - - ANNOUNCEMENTS -

The Ro­tary Club of Oban held its 69th an­nual char­ter din­ner at the Perle Ho­tel on Fri­day Novem­ber 23, the char­ter hav­ing been granted on Novem­ber 25, 1949.

The prin­ci­pal guest and speaker was the Very Rev Dr An­gus Mor­ri­son, who was the Mod­er­a­tor of the Gen­eral As­sem­bly of the Church of Scot­land for 2015/16 and is now min­is­ter of the Or­well and Port­moak parish in Kin­ross.

Dr Mor­ri­son, who is also hon­orary chap­lain to the Queen, served as a min­is­ter in Oban from 1979 to 1986 and he re­galed his au­di­ence with rem­i­nis­cences of his time grow­ing up in Oban, where his fa­ther was a cap­tain of the North­ern Light­house ships, and then univer­sity life and the min­istry, cul­mi­nat­ing in his year of high of­fice. Ro­tary pres­i­dent Iain MacIn­tyre paid ful­some tribute to Dr Mor­ri­son’s many scholas­tic and hu­man­i­tar­ian achieve­ments de­spite be­ing ‘just a wee boy from Oban’ and it was gen­er­ally agreed that this was one of the best char­ter nights in that it ap­pealed to the mood of the au­di­ence.

A raf­fle was held which raised £265 for Hope Kitchen, the Oban-based char­ity.

The au­di­ence was en­ter­tained by Emma Hill from the Oban High School Pipe Band and Neil McCracken, also from OHS, on the pi­ano who was the Ro­tary Club’s Young Mu­si­cian of the Year.

Dr Mor­ri­son and Iain came to­gether again on the fol­low­ing Sun­day when Iain and his wife Jane at­tended the Gaelic ser­vice and com­mu­nion at the Old Parish Church in Glen­cruit­ten Road. The ser­vice was con­ducted by Dr Mor­ri­son as a tribute to the muchloved Rev Dr Roddy MacLeod MBE who, un­til re­cently, con­tin­ued to take the monthly Gaelic ser­vice de­spite re­tir­ing as a min­is­ter in 2011.

The Very Rev Dr An­gus Mor­ri­son with Oban Ro­tary Club pres­i­dent Iain MacIn­tyre, right.

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