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JULY 5 1962:

Church should should be a happy place, Bailie Eddie told Andover children and their parents at the prize-giving ceremony in Maisondieu Church on Wednesday afternoon.

The minister, the Rev. G. F. R. Henderson, who is also school chaplain, had said to the Bailie that he hoped the children would not be too shy, because they were in church to express their feelings on this happy afternoon.

They certainly were not, but warmly clapped the prize-winners, and nearly lifted the roof of the church in showing their appreciation of all who co-operate in the work of the school, especially the janitor and the lollipop man!

There was a big gathering of parents, mostly mothers, of course, in the gallery of the church.

After a hymn and Bible reading, the Rev. Mr Henderson at first rather surprised everyone with his text: “A thing that is worth doing is worth doing badly.”

He pointed out that over the centuries so much knowledge had been accumulated that no one could even master more than a very small part of it; nor could they hope to achieve anything like the work of the artist but that should not stop them from trying. It was what we put into our work that made it worthwhile, not the actual result.

Bailie Eddie, who was accompanied by Mrs Eddie, presided and said how much they appreciated this annual invitation to the closing of their old school.

The prizes were handed over by Mrs Henderson, who had a warm word for every young winner.

The girl dux presented Mrs Henderson with a gift.

Mr Cleland spoke appreciatively of the help and co-operation he had had from the teachers and other staff during the year and the support of the parents which was “half the battle.”

People grumbled about their rates and taxes, particularly the education rate, but even so, the education authority could not provide everything and at Andover they had been indebted to the Parent-Teacher Association for much which they would not have otherwise have obtained.

Mr Cleland had a special word for the staff of the Nursery Lane kitchen, which he pointed out, would close down at the end of this session.

With regard to next session Mr Cleland said that they were to be able to admit all children who had their fifth birthday before the end of April.

He hoped (he could not go any further than that) that they would be able to take another class, but nothing was fixed yet and intimation would be given later.

Mrs Henderson presented the prizes to the two infant classes on Thursday morning. She was wearing the spray brooch presented to her on Wednesday afternoon.

JULY 6, 1972:

The heavy costs of running a football club on even a modest scale was evident in the reports submitted at the annual meeting of Brechin City.

Expenditure amounted to £18,428.80 and there was a deficit of £2695.

But it was pointed out that this was for a period of fifteen months. The club had also to receive their money from the pools points.

The chairman, Mr David Will, referred appreciatively to a generous contribution of £1000 from the Supporters’ Club.

Giving his annual report, Mr Will said that he preferred to look ahead rather than backwards.

The season had been an unusual one in many ways. There were times when they played possibly better than in any other season since he joined the committee.

They had particular games which would be remembered for their excitement and quality.

At other times they had spells of mediocrity and disappointment which were almost inexplicable when compared with the good games.

Overall, the season was perhaps no better and no worse than others in recent years but they would like to hope that those few notable games, particularly towards the end of the season, were a pointer to improvements to come and more particularly, to the attainment of some consistency in their performance.

JULY 7, 1983:

Paul Kenny cannot use his legs to cycle but he has passed his cycling proficiency test under the same conditions as his fellow pupils at Stracathro School.

Recently he was presented with a hand-operated cycle by the Limb Fitting Centre at Broughty Ferry, who had heard of his great efforts to join in the fun his brothers and friends derive from their normal cycles.

He had only had his special cycle for a week before he passed his test.

Miss Margaret Jackson, head teacher at Stracathro, said: “We are all extremely proud of Paul and grateful to those who have helped him.”