The Red Ensign flag
The Red Ensign was flying high above our tower in September to mark Merchant Navy day. Did you see it?
The annual Scottish Service for Seafarers -
20th November 2016
This year’s service on Sunday 20 November was the 72nd having started in 1944. The church was very full with congregational members from across the 4 Churches of Scotland in Leith together with visitors from across Scotland and the UK. The preacher was the Rev Dr Marjory MacLean who delivered a very descriptive and insightful sermon.
The reception (in our main hall) after the service for some 150 guests allows those in uniform to relax and take off their hats (naval and top hats) and lay down their batons. It has become the custom to see these items sitting across the front of the stage creating such an interesting display.
The Merchant Navy Memorial
On Sunday 20 November at the MN memorial at the Shore by the Malmasion Hotel 21 wreaths were laid down by associations both local and from further afield. The service was conducted by the Rev May with William Watt and our choir taking part.
The detail on the memorial is wonderful. It is well worth a visit close up to take it all in.
More colours in our church!
The sanctuary is that bit more colourful with the laying up of the Leith Battalion Colours on Sunday 6 November 2016. Drums of our 10th Leith BB Company bugle band formed a drumhead over which the 2 colours (flags) were laid. The minister and the Kirk Session accepted the Colours and they are now laid up alongside the 2 earlier sets of Leith Battalion Colours. This allows the 3 sets covering the whole period of the Battalion to be laid up together in the one place. Please do look up and check the difference in colour (and dust!) between the 3 sets. For those with attention to detail you will have noticed that we have moved the historic single 10th Leith colour to a new position above the pulpit.
Boys' Brigade Beating Retreat - 7 May 2016
The 10th Leith band took part in the Boys’ Brigade Beating Retreat on Saturday evening 7 May. The bands formed up and played in Parliament Sq before marching up onto the castle esplanade for the ceremony. The 3 other bands were massed bands – from Edinburgh, Central Scotland, and London. Our ‘little’ band performed well.
10th Leith band
The Junior Section Boys
Halloween Night 2016
The Junior Section Boys showing off their fancy dress outfits just before they get down to the serious business of'dooking' on their Halloween night.
Junior Section swimming team 2016
The photo below shows members of the Junior Section swimming team who won the Battalion swimming gala. The team won with a total of 79 points beating by some distance the Musselburgh JS who gained 47 points. The Boy in the picture are (back, left to right) Cameron Docherty, Max Duncan, Aaran Mackenzie and in front Marc McNulty and Mateusz Bielak. 2 team members, Callum Howie and Michael Simpson missed the photo call. The boys won 6 golds, 4 silver and 2 bronze.
The Scottish Cup in our halls; history in the making!
With Hibs winning ‘the Cup' and taking it on tour round schools and clubs within the Lothians then we certainly had to ask that they bring it to South Leith Parish Church. And so the great day came around on Wednesday 14 December 2016 when Alan Combe Hibs goalkeeping coach and ex member of the Leith BB brought the Scottish Cup to the BB in the halls.
The 10th Leith BB Company was formed in 1906 and we have been waiting since then (110 years!) for Hibs to win the Cup and bring it to South Leith and 2016 was that year! Please look on line at www.persevered.co.uk, click into ‘photos’ and then the photo of the AB & JS Boys (and leaders!) to view lots of great images.