Arbroath to Inverness via Montrose, Aberdeen, Keith and Elgin.
Departed Arbroath at 0815
08.25 Had such a good evening with two members from Arbroath and three from Broughty
Ferry at the ‘Old Brewhouse’ on the harbour at Arbroath. We had our photo taken this
morning by a photographer who works for both local papers. Margaret has joined us
on bus to Montrose. Her husband David has been our chauffeur. Heavy rain last night.
Misty this morning. Margaret really enjoyed our fellowship last night and feels so
sorry that the Arbroath branch had to close.
09.40 Local members so pleased that the bus route has been through Brechin diocese,
which is relatively small and often overlooked.
Just had a great chat to lady from New Zealand. She knew about the Mothers’ Union
in New Zealand.
On our way to Aberdeen via Montrose and Stonehaven. We’re due into Aberdeen at 10.01.
11.05 Just had a great welcome at Aberdeen. Bishop Bob and chaplain Graham Taylor
plus loads of members.
At Aberdeen Bus Station - WWP and Bishop Bob in the centre and Graham Taylor to the
11.25 Worldwide President, Rosemary Kempsell, joined us at Aberdeen. I (Hilary) am
sitting beside her and hearing about her visit this weekend to Aberdeen. She has
been touched by the generosity and warmth of the reception. She had opportunity
to speak to non members as well. The Moderator of the Church of Scotland was very
struck by the breath of work the Mothers’ Union is doing around the world. She was
introduced to members in the Aberdeen branches and found it inspiring to see Mothers’
Union pushing the boundaries, welcoming people who aren't often seen in church.
11.40 Christine, a member from Broughty Ferry has let us know that there was a super
photo, big heading and item in Courier today. She also said it was lovely to see
us and sent love to Rosemary and us for the rest of journey.
12.30 Six members have joined us for the trip to Elgin for lunch with the branch
there. It’s good to see that the mist is now lifting.
We’re due into Elgin at 13.14 and will have just over two hours before we catch the
bus for Inverness where we are due to arrive at 16.40
Arrival at Elgin (photo courtesy of the Northern Scot newspaper)
15.25 Sylvia Baston from Ellon Branch emailed: “Loved the photographs of all the
group doing such splendid work and spreading the message. Safe journey to everyone
and we will keep our eyes on the trip.”
16.45 Just coming into Inverness. I think Forres (above) has to win the best town
in bloom so far. Sunny in Elgin, raining here.
August 15th, 2012
Elgin and Inverness members with Hilary, Linda and Rosemary at Inverness Bus Station
08.00 Several members and church friends will be meeting us at John O'Groats. Rosemary
Kempsell off south shortly. She’ll be flying out to Burundi on Saturday for two weeks.
10.45 Catching up on yesterday. Communication difficulties meant my updates with
pictures didn’t go. Hopefully we can catch up with them later.
Elgin branch gave us a wonderful welcome. Northern Scot reporter met us for a picture.
They had kept the church’s flower festival on the theme of the Jubilee celebration
so we could see it with the members that came over from Aberdeen with us (Click here
to see some pictures from the Festival). They then provided us with a big lunch.
We were 15 minutes late leaving this morning, but have been told that the next bus
will wait for this one as we have 5 minute connection at Dunbeath. Crossing the Cromarty
and Dornoch Firths was beautiful.
10.51 Three Inverness members met us when we got in last night. They were delighted
to be part of our journey. A grandchild is a student reporter and interviewed me,
Linda and Rosemary. Elgin members had joined us to Inverness.
11.05 We’ve just stopped in Dornoch, most attractive town, which has in its centre
the church where Madonna got married.
11.20 Got confirmation from a local that the next bus will wait. Again a chance to
talk about Mothers’ Union and give out our new Scottish leaflet, which has been very
11.36 Just seen a sign saying 66 miles to John O’Groats. Unfortunately the mist in
now rolling in.
12.08 Thick fog can't see a thing! We’ve climbed a lot and all we can see are snow
posts. Ears gone!
12.15 We made our connection at Dunbeath, so we are happy!
12.54 We’ve just changed buses at Wick, which was a surprise for us. 13 miles to
go to John O’Groats.
14.05 Arrived! Got photo at John O’Groats. Linda has gone back down south. Now thin
fog. Met by two diocesan members and church member. Gone for lunch. Thanks to everyone
who has made this possible, it's been great.
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