Guild Update
​Nov/Dec 2017


Our Guild started the new session with a 'Welcome Back' meeting.

Over 60 ladies attended and it was fantastic to see so many 'weel kent' faces and some new ones. As predicted, we spent most of the evening catching up with our fellow Guilders although we managed to stop chatting long enough to play a game of Musical Bingo! It was great to hear the ladies singing along to the music.
Finally, we finished with a well-earned cup of tea, some delicious home baking and of course another wee chat.

For our second meeting, we enjoyed a very enthusiastic and informative talk given by the coordinator at Start-Up Stirling.

She explained that although Start-Up is perhaps best known for providing food, they are also responsible for providing information and guidance in many fields such as finance, housing, nutrition and many others.

Some Dates for Your Diary –

7 November - Let Us Shine
21 November - Guild Week 'Go in Love'
5 December - Special Fundraiser for Guild Projects Stirling Rock Choir £6. Light Supper included.
12 December - Christmas Meal at Stirling Golf Club 2018
9 January - Spanish Tapas with Sheena Malcolm

Guild Update


On Thursday, 1 June the Stirling Presbyterial Council Annual Rally
took place at the beautiful Strathblane Parish Church. We were a
little late in starting as the bus from Stirling decided to do a Mystery
Tour of the country! By the way, I would just like to let you know
that it was a male bus driver and thankfully Christine Paterson saved
the day and was able to redirect the bus back to Strathblane. Well
done Christine! Anyway, it was soon forgotten when the full church
started singing the first hymn, Lord For The Years, the sound just
took my breath away, it was quite amazing.

At this point, I would like to give a special mention to our very own
Ann Donald, who is the Council Convenor. Ann led the service with
great ease and professionalism and we are very proud of her.
The guest speaker was Rev. Keith Ross, who gave a very interesting
talk on ' Sanctuary First' which is a Pioneer Ministry that hopes to
become a worshipping congregation of the Church of Scotland on the
Internet! A very interesting concept! I'm sure we will hear more
about this in the future. As you can imagine, the congregation went
home with spirits lifted.

Now they say that 'the sun shines on the righteous ' so we must
have had a bus full of righteous ladies on Saturday, 3 June when we
left for Pitlochry theatre. It was a beautiful day and the sun was
shining all the way up. It was a great success and everyone seemed
to enjoy 'High Society' and of course the high tea afterwards. A
very happy day.

We are now looking forward to the start of the next Guild session.
There will be more information about this in the next issue of the

Enjoy the summer.
Dorothy McGowan

Armchair Aerobics

The Guild had a fabulous evening learning some great new moves.. Arm Chair Aerobics!

Valentines Quiz

 Had another great night at the Guild last night celebrating Valentine's Night.

​The music quiz went down really along with a couple of other quizzes and some fun.
Prayer for the Guild
By Rev. Dan Harper
Heavenly Father,
We thank you for the Guild.
that they seek to be Bold and be strong.
that the seek to Go with Joy.

We delight in all they do for us here in Bridge of Allan, the seen and the unseen.
The forging of bonds and friendship, and expressing together a caring loving spirit in our congregation, our home and community.

We thank you for all the guild do around the world as well. The difference they have made in your name to countless lives over countless generations.

Heavenly Father, as we see the guild it is obvious to us “Whose they are and Whom they serve”!
Help us all to learn from their example.

In Jesus name we pray. 


The Guild...

Article by Dorothy McGowan, 01December 2016

As we head towards Christmas at breakneck speed the Guild are busy as ever. Our Project fundraiser in November raised £602 which was a fantastic amount. A big thanks to everyone who came along to 'A Night at the Silent Movies' and special thanks to Forrester Pyke for his amazing accompaniment and the ladies of the Guild who helped out with catering and support.

We have been very involved in our theme 'Go in Joy' and enjoyed a discussion evening during Guild week. We are now looking forward to our Christmas meal at the Royal Hotel and time with friends and family over Christmas.

The New Year starts for the Guild on the 17th Jan with Tricia Chillas and her Armchair Aerobics, can't wait for that. A great way to work off the 'Christmas Indulgencies'.

Our last January meeting is one of our Project Partners - Prospects - All Friends Together which is about helping churches to welcome people with learning difficulties and include them in all aspects of church life.

​We look forward to seeing all members in the New Year and we would be delighted to welcome anyone who has never been to the Guild before.

Come along and give it a try, you might be pleasantly surprised. We are all quite friendly!!                   . 

The Guild...

Article by Dorothy McGowan, 01 November 2016

The new session of our Guild began on Tuesday, 4 October with a ' Getting to Know You' evening. We have had this before and have found it to be a great way to start the session. Our Guild seems to be growing every year which is amazing so it's a good way of getting to know new members and welcoming them to the Guild.

On 18 October we had a visit from the Seafarers Mission, something I knew nothing about so it was interesting to find out. Of course the ladies of the Guild rose to the occasion by knitting 57 hats for the seafarers. They never cease to amaze me with their talents!
By the time you read this, we will have had our annual project fundraiser which this year was 'A Night at the Silent Movies' I'm sure it was a great success.

Finally on Thursday, 24 November, the Stirling Guild Council are having the Stirling Male Voice Choir to entertain them and welcome all Guild members along. There is no charge and there will be an afternoon tea. It takes place Allan Park South Halls and starts at 2.00pm so if you're free do pop along.

Forthcoming Guild Nights

15 November - Guild Week: 'Go in Joy'
29 November - Project Partner Feed the Minds Breaking the cycle of FGM. 

The Guild Annual Gathering

Article by Christina Paterson

On Saturday, 3 September Jane Purvis, Ann Donald and I, along with Guilders from the North Church, set off for the Gathering in Dundee. What a day we had!

It is always a really enjoyable and informative event, but was especially so this year with several highlights. The Moderator, who talked about making a difference, had us all in stitches recounting some of his experiences throughout the years of his ministry. What an accomplished speaker/entertainer he is.

Then we were fortunate to have the Heart & Soul Swing Band - and boy did they swing, so much so there was dancing in the aisles!
The final speaker was Sally Magnusson who shared the story of her mother’s years of living with dementia, the subject of her book 'Where Memories Go : Why Dementia Changes Everything'. Maimie Magnusson had been quite a presence in The Guild, writing the book 'Out of Silence'. The years Sally and her two sisters cared for their mother inspired her to set up the charity 'Playlist for Life' and she spoke eloquently and movingly about the positive effects that this sharing of a personal music playlist can have in keeping loving connections alive.

We were sent homewards with the Guild message for this year 'GO IN JOY'. We certainly did.
Christina Paterson