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A good turnout of the elders from local Church of Scotland charges met in St George’s West Church hall on Wednesday night to hear Mr W. Law, of the Stewardship and Budget Department, Edinburgh, spell out the urgent challenge of inflation to their organisation. He said that the Church would require an extra £2-million to maintain present services. Every congregation was now under pressure. He told delegates: “Like the nation, the church faces a crucial choice. We can refuse to give our help. We can turn away complaining that the Church is always asking for money and do so little for Christ. Or we can take our part with a resolve not to fail our Lord and his Church.”


An exciting exhibition opens in the Scott Gallery on Tuesday, featuring the work of Tom Carr, a man who started as a colliery blacksmith and developed into one of the most popular and sought-after painters of hunters and race horses in the country. Ever since his family can remember, Tom Carr carried with him a sketchbook which he would fill with his impressions of country scenes or incidents. An enforced early retirement through the heavy nature of his work meant that Tom Carr, blacksmith, soon began to forge for himself a reputation as an equestrian painter and illustrator.


A senior District Councillor has urged Region planners to give the go-ahead for a £6-million private enterprise retail park at Galalaw and to ignore the “shouting, bawling and gnashing of teeth” from the project’s opponents, many of whom he claims have vested interests in preventing increased competition. Councillor Jamie Batten, District Policy and Resources Committee vice-covener, has been an enthusiastic supporter of Galalaw from the outset, welcoming plans for industrial, housing, leisure and retail development. It is the latter proposal, however, which has caused an outcry from local traders who claim that increased competition will result in the closure of more town centre shops.


The dinner season was launched in fine style last Friday with the ‘quality’ night at the 1514 Burns supper. Captain for the evening was President David Solley, who was a proud man as he unveiled his line up of guests to the assembled company at the Burns Club. He was keen to welcome back pianist Ian Seeley to the ‘no-smoking dinner’ and his presence was warmly applauded by the 170 plus members and guests. President Solley also congratulated his great friend Lindsay Nichol, who is the Mosstroopers President for the year.