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Recent Guild Meetings

13th February 2019 - Robert Burns

Our speaker for the afternoon was well known farmer Roger Lindsay who gave us a very interesting talk about the early life of Robert Burns giving us an insight into some less well known facts about his life with his family in Ayrshire.  Like his father he was a deeply religious man and many of his poems and writings were based on passages from the book of Revelations as well as his particular insight into human nature in all its facets. Roger's great love and knowledge of Robert Burns shone through in his talk which we all thoroughly enjoyed.

14th November 2018 - New Guild Strategy 2018 - 2021

We were delighted to welcome Mrs Dorothy Wiseman, Convenor of Lanark Presbyterial Guild Council to our meeting.  She spoke about the six current projects chosen under the strategy of 'One journey, Many Roads' which run from 2018 - 2021 ranging from tackling loneliness and social isolation in Scotland to building homes for abandoned children in the red light district of Pune, India and which was felt offered a range of different ways in which we can journey together with people in our communities, our country and our world.

12th September 2018 - Tales From Thailand

Our speaker for the afternoon was Jane Fucella from Biggar who gave us an amusing, honest and sometimes heart-wrenching account of her and her family's life doing God's work in Thailand. Both she and her husband Mike, whom she met in Thailand, undertook  a variety of roles including nursing, preaching, child protection and the fight against unjustice but what shone through was her passionate ,tender and loving care she gave to those she supported through  the early days of HIV and AIDS.

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.

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