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April 13, 1978: Premission was given for the erection of a stained glass window in Brechin Cathedral in memory of Mrs Anderson, wife of the Rev. James Anderson, former minister of the church, who died last year. In his will he made a bequest for this purpose.

Brechin High School held a festival of soccer in the playing fields on Saturday, March 25.

Over 140 players took part in the competitions with visiting teams from Forfar Academy, Arbroath High School and Carnoustie High School.

Players were divided into six age groups and six pitches were used constantly from 10 am to 12.15 pm.

Brechin’s best performance came in the under-15 age group. Without losing a game the “A” team went on to win their section and received their award from Mr Edgar of the P.E. Department.

The winning team comprised captain, Alan Reoch, Malcolm Wood, David Christie, Brian Eaton and Kenneth Ross.

It is hoped that this will become an annual event.

Brechin City just failed to gain maximum points when Stranraer, the visitors to the Glebe in midweek, scored in the closing stages to level the score at two-two.

On Saturday, however, their trip to Cowdenbeath was well worthwhile, earning them both points with a fine two-nil win.

April 14, 1988: Fears of some Glenesk folk that the reduction in the opening hours of the Post Office at Tarfside may be the “thin edge of the wedge” were brought before Inveresk Community Council by Mr Alistair Skene.

With effect from Monday, the office will be open from 9 am to 2 pm on Tuesday and Thursdays, pension and family allowance days respectively.

District Councillor David Myles said he had previously been given assurance by the G.P.O. that the Tarfside Post Office will not be closed and council members accepted that, outwith pension and allowance days, there would be insufficient customer to warrant it remaining open.

The council is to write to the Post Office headquarters in Dundee, expressing the fears of closure and requesting that an external stamp machine be provided.

Angus policy and resources committee has approved grants for two Brechin Groups – Parkview Bowling Club (£3,500) and Brechin Scout Group (£1,000).

Director of finance Mr Harry Nicoll reported that the Bowling Club had applied to meet the costs of improvement amounting to £7,000 to the council-owned green which the club had managed since 1985.

The Scout Group was building a new hut and grants amounting to £18,000 had already been made by the Scottish Education Department and Tayside Regional Council.

The bowling club’s grant was conditional on its repayment if it applied for a liquor licence within the next five years.

April 16, 1998: Parents, supporters and even opponents of one of Brechin’s fastest emerging pastimes are to be given their opportunity to air their views at a public meeting.

Angus Council’s recreational services department have arranged a meeting for Brechin Leisure Centre to discuss the way forward for the town’s in-line skaters.

This follows last month’s meeting of the Brechin Community Council, where a delegation of parents put forward their arguments for accommodating their children - and more importantly accommodating them in a safe environment.

Angus Council is “hopeful” that pupils will be in the new Andover School sooner than was accepted.

A council spokesperson said that it was hoped to have pupils in the new school for the last week in September.

It had been envisaged previously that pupils would have to wait until after the October holidays before they could utilise the new facility.

Stracathro Hospital’s new £700,000 surgical unit was opened to patients last week.

The unit has seen wards 10 and 12 in the hospital’s B block combined to produce a state-of-the-art facility for patients.

As Stracathro’s largest capital investment in recent years, the unit has the capacity to accommodate 34 patients.