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Recent Guild Meetings

14th March 2018 Tesco in the Community

Speaker for the afternoon was Jill McQuigg , Community Champion for the last two years at our local Tesco store in Lanark. She spoke about the charity work undertaken by Tesco both at national level and local community projects. Their dedicated Charity Partners for the last few years have been Diabetes Scotland and The British Heart Foundation whom they raise funds for throughout the year and also sponsor The Race for Life, involving staff participation, in aid of Cancer Research. On a local level, The Bags for Life (money from 10p bags)which are non profit, help local schools, scout groups etc and any non-profit organisation can apply. They are also trying to establish a "No Waste" policy and are involved with a Neighbourhood Waste collection in conjunction with Fairtrade and Fair Share food collection. It was a very interesting and eye-opening talk and  highlighted what an important role supermarkets such as Tesco play in trying to promote not only healthy lifestyles but a genuine concern for those in need.

14th February 2018 - Quizes

Due to the weather our speaker Rev G Lind postponed his talk about the Guild Project "Feed the Minds" until later in the year.   The Guild theme for this session is" Go in Love" and we all enjoyed doing a quiz "Name that Hymn" all with the word love in them and another one with popular tunes again with the word love in the title.  Tea, fellowship and a good catch up followed.

8th November 2017 - From Vet to Vicar

We were delighted to welcome as our speaker the Rev. Elspeth MacLean from Forth St Pauls Church.  Elspeth was a small animal vet in Aberdeenshire before a family accident  resulted in her making a deal with  God to do whatever He wanted her to do if her daughter survived.  She attended many introductory courses, went on charity bike rides in Uganda, on an EMMS International bike ride in Malawi, before  in 2001 while on a bike ride in Jerusalem, at her lowest point, she had a sudden and illuminating moment which changed her life for ever. She went back to University to study for the ministry  and was inducted to her first charge at Kirkapol Church of Scotland on the island of Tiree where she served the community  for 5 years before moving to Forth St Pauls just over a year ago. It was a truly remarkable and inspiring journey she undertook to keep her deal she made with God.

11th October 2017 - St Andrews Hospice

We were delighted to welome not only our friends from Symington to our meeting but Lorna McCafferty, Trust Fundraising Officer from St Andrew's Hospice as our speaker.   She gave us a very interesting talk about the work of St Andrew's Hospice which was opened in 1986 and now is one of the largest hospices in Scotland covering both North and South Lanarkshire. Running costs per annum are 7.3 million, 37% of which is provided by the NHS, and continuing provision of services is only possible due to the generosity and assistance of the people of Lanarkshire. Fundraising takes place all year round with events such as dinners, cabaret nights, ladies lunches as well as corporate giving.   A variety of services is provided including out patient care, community palliative care, crisis management respite care as well as a range of complimentary therapies.   The Hospice provides care and support to patients and their families tailored to fit individual needs in calm, peaceful and welcoming surroundings ensuring the best quality of life and far from it being a place of doom and gloom it is a happy place where sad things happen.