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Lochgilphead

A poem a day

Do you like poetry? Or would you like to spend a little time listening to your own heart? Spring-time is marked out for reflection, new growth and the warmth of generosity in the Christian tradition. It is the time of Lent: the old Germanic word for spring-time. Our hearts are bidden to imitate the snow-drops: to come up from the darkness, raise themselves into the sunlight, and then fill the world with gladness.

Parishioners from Ardrishaig, Christ Church, Lochgilphead and Glassary are joining together this Lent to read a poem a day through the 40 days of Lent and then Easter week. The poems have been chosen are in a beautiful book, entitled The Heart’s Time, by Janet Morley. The poems come from across the English-speaking world, over the last four centuries. One poem is set for each day, accompanied by a short explanation, a reflection, and a brief suggestion for our own thinking.

Parishioners will be reading the poems at home; for those who wish it there will be meetings to share thoughts and inspiration at Ardrishaig Church during the weeks of Lent and at Christ Church on Sundays. Other meetings could be arranged, formally or informally.

You can order the book from Fr Simon Mackenzie by emailing dr.lachlan@zen.co.uk or calling 01546 602315, or directly from Argyll Book Centre. Lent begins this year on Ash Wednesday March 6.

Arrochar

E.ON donated to Arrochar roof insulation

Vehicles used by the Arrochar Mountain Rescue Team will benefit from being garaged at a more constant temperature this winter after the E.ON Energising Communities Fund paid for £1,774 worth of insulation to be fitted at the rescue post.

The volunteers making up the Arrochar Mountain Rescue Team provide search and rescue assistance throughout Strathclyde when requested by Police Scotland and can be called upon 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Working across all mountainous terrain and in any weather condition, they use three vehicles which are kept in the garage attached to the mountain rescue post in Arrochar which was built in 2002.

After mechanics identified condensation and corrosion as the cause of the vehicles’ increasingly frequent and expensive mechanical and electrical problems, heating was installed at the garage last year to reduce their maintenance costs and improve their reliability. It was then realised that roof insulation was necessary to lower the cost of the heating.

Douglas Philp, team secretary for Arrochar Mountain Rescue, said: ‘As a charity, we’re totally dependent on donations, grants and volunteers. Fundraising can be a real challenge for the team, particularly as it comes on top of our primary function of providing a mountain rescue service.’