Newsletter – June 2018

NEWSLETTER June 2018 (Note. Please refer to the separate post for service details during June & July).

Licensing of Revd Julia Boothby

The licensing of Revd Julia Boothby as Priest-in-Charge for St James’, Dingwall, St Anne’s, Strathpeffer, and St Ninian’s, Invergordon, took place at St Anne’s in brilliant Spring sunshine on Saturday 5th May.  Bishop Mark led the service, which was attended by over 100 people, including clergy from across the Diocese, members of Julia and David’s family, and visitors from Julia’s previous parish in Hertfordshire.  The joyful atmosphere was carried over into the buffet lunch in the Strathpeffer Community Centre which followed.

Dingwall Parsonage

Julia and David are now settling in well at the Dingwall Parsonage, although a more extensive programme of renovation has had to be undertaken – largely around them – than had originally been planned.  When it is completed, the Parsonage will be once more a house the Charge can be proud of.

Julia writes – 

“I wanted to begin this, my first newsletter, by taking this opportunity to thank you all for making us feel so welcomed and supported since our move. We are very much enjoying living here and I begin my ministry here with a thankful heart for all that your kindness and love. Thank you too for the wonderful licensing service and for making my family and guests so at home. It was a very special occasion and confirmed our sense of calling and anointing at the beginning of my ministry. 

As we enter this season of Pentecost I am reminded of the need we all have to daily ask God for his Holy Spirit to be poured out on us to enable us to fulfil God’s calling on our lives.  When we read of how the Day of Pentecost changed the uncertain and confused disciples into those who fearlessly spread the good news of the Gospel throughout the whole world then surely we can take heart that God will so equip and strengthen us to do the same if we but ask and open our hearts to receive. 

 ‘So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 10For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. …..13If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!’ Luke 11 v 9ff

As I begin my ministry please can I encourage you to get in touch with me if you have anything you would like to talk about or to ask for prayer for.  May we grow in love and fellowship as we together seek God.

Yours in Christ


Looking Back at The Inter-regnum

Since Ian and Dianne Pallett left in September 2016 it has proved possible, through the efforts of a great many people, not only to keep the life of our churches going but also to build a new spirit of unity across the congregation.  We have been especially blessed in being able to call on the services of a dedicated group of non-stipendiary clergy to lead our services and provide pastoral care.  It was therefore very appropriate to be able to mark the special contribution made by Revd Valerie Saunders and Revd Barbara Chandler by presenting them with flowers and gift tokens at the close of our Festival Eucharist on Easter Day.

Vestry Notes

It has been pointed out that the practice of reporting on Vestry business has lapsed in recent Newsletters, so we will now seek to reinstate it.  The most recent meeting, held on 16th May, was the first to be chaired by Julia.  During the meeting, a presentation was made by the Vestry to Reg Holder to thank him for all his hard work in overseeing the renovation works at the Parsonage and to acknowledge his dedicated control of our finances as Treasurer.

The main items of business were – 

  • A report on the renovation works at the Parsonage and on the prospects of grant assistance towards the cost.
  • A decision to delay into 2019 the next Quinquennial Inspection, in the light of the works recently undertaken at both churches and at the Parsonage.
  • A report on the implications of the new Data Protection legislation, which requires us to seek specific consent for holding the contact details of members of the congregation and keeping in touch with them in future.
  • The need to complete for the Province an audit of our arrangements for the protection of “vulnerable groups”.
  • A decision to form a working party to undertake a morning’s “tidying up” around St James’ Church and the Hall on Saturday 9th June – all welcome to join in!

Soup Lunches

New records were set at the last two Soup Lunches of the season, on 24th February and 24th March, which raised £170 and £180 respectively for church funds.  Congratulations to all!

Pew Bibles

At its recent meeting the Vestry endorsed a suggestion that a set of bibles should be purchased and kept in our two churches for people to refer to, read and study, both during and outside services.  It was agreed to standardise on the New RSV (anglicised) translation and a bulk purchase of 40-50 copies will be organised, at a unit cost of £10.  We are seeking support from members of the congregation who would like to donate bibles and it will be possible to commemorate a loved one on the same lines as in the hymn books. Please contact Reg Holder accordingly.

Concerts and Events 

Our 2017/18 season of concerts and events continued well, with the February recital by Michael Ready and Ailsa Aitkenhead and the long awaited talk by Revd Laurence Gunner in April.  

The season recently finished with the debut concert by the Fyrish String Quartet in St James’ Church on 25th May and a concert by the Augsburg Cathedral Boys Choir in St Anne’s Church on 27th May.  In their different ways and at different scales, these were two memorable performances of the highest musical standard and it was a privilege to be able to host them in our churches.

We are now arranging next season’s events and concerts.  The return of the Ten Strings Duo – Marianatalia and Davide – starts us off on August 22nd, with Emma Donald and Isbel Pendlebury  of Turadh following in September. The full programme will be finalised in due course.

Wednesday Coffee Mornings

It would be good to be able to persuade more people to come to the Coffee Morning which takes place in the Hall from 11 to 11.30 every Wednesday.  Tea, coffee, scones and cakes and good conversation – what better way to spend that time of day?  Any donations go towards church funds, but the real objective is social.  Ask Mary Machin, Pat Holder or Sheila Fraser if you want to know more.

Contact Details

Priest in Charge

Revd. Julia Boothby, 4, Castle Street, Dingwall IV15 9HU

Tel – 01349-862204: E-mail –

Other Clergy: 

Revd. Barbara Chandler 01463-831849

Revd. Ruth Flockhart 01463-731580

Revd. Valerie Saunders 01349-865445


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