Long serving members of Cardross Parish Church were recognised for their committed efforts during a visit by a Church of Scotland figurehead.

Elders Bobby Beggs, Beth Street, Christine Scholarios and Rebecca MacLachlan were given certificates by the Church of Scotland’s Moderator of the General Assembly Rt Rev Dr Iain Greenshields.

Taking a trip to the church on April 17, the Right Reverend also stopped by the HUB, which serves as a warm space and cost-friendly café in the church halls.

Helensburgh Advertiser: Rt Rev Dr Iain Greenshields enjoyed his visit to the HUBRt Rev Dr Iain Greenshields enjoyed his visit to the HUB (Image: Cardross Parish Church)

The HUB sells homemade soups, sandwiches, cakes, coffee and tea and provides a toddler play area to make the space family friendly.

The space holds charity fundraisers donating £160 in October 2022 to '1 to another Pakistan' to benefit flood relief in the country.

In November 2022, Helensburgh’s food bank was sent £100 worth of food and in January 2023 the Scot Baby Box Appeal for Ukraine – which sends much needed items to new Ukrainian mothers - benefited.

Helensburgh Advertiser: The HUB was busy during the Right Reverend's visitThe HUB was busy during the Right Reverend's visit (Image: John Young)

During Lent, the church also collected funds for the Beatson Cancer Charity - raising over £500 - and donated 84 ‘Real Easter Eggs’ to Helensburgh and Dumbarton Foodbanks.

Rev Maggie McArthur said: “We have been stunned by the generosity of the members of our congregation and community in the giving of their time, talents and money especially at a time where so many are feeling the effects of the financial crisis.”

“I am so grateful to everyone who contributed in whatever way.”

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(Photos: John Young)