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We would like to congratulate Rachel and Stephen on the birth of their daughter Elizabeth (Ella) Grace. We are all looking forward to meeting her soon.
The death took place during the month of David Colin, a longtime parishioner of Kilbride. Our deepest sympathy to his sisters Adele and Avril and brother Norman.
We are sorry to say that Valerie is still in Loughlinstown Hospital. She may be moving to St Mary's Pembroke ark shortly, when she improves; we miss her very much.
A little late to thank Claire on the great job she did on the chancel curtains, getting them cleaned and back in -place. They are looking lovely; thanks again Claire.
From all of us who attended the very enjoyable evening and great supper at the parochial Hall by the entertainments Committee, a big thank you for a great night from us all.
To all who are ill at home, in hospital or nursing homes, we wish them well and do keep warm this cold weather.

Strawberry Flowers at Kilbride

Two of the memorial windows in Kilbride church are designed by Sir Ninian Comper , very famous in his day as an architect and artist. Born in Scotland in 1864, he was at the height of his career at the end of the First World War and was much in demand for memorial buildings, monuments and stained glass windows to commemorate the fallen. His work included ten windows in Westminster Abbey, and he is himself buried there. He took as his signature motif a wild strawberry plant and this can be found on most of his work. His father was the Rev. John Comper, an evangelical minister in the Episcopal Church of Scotland and member of the Oxford movement, who devoted his life to the care and rescue of the poor and destitute in Aberdeen. He founded a church in the most derelict area of that city, a hostel for women factory workers, and a convent of Anglican nuns whose mission was to the sick in their own homes. His son's first commission was to build a bright and beautiful chapel for this convent. The Rev Comper died suddenly while distributing strawberries to the poor, and it was in memory of his father that Sir Ninian used the strawberry plant as his signature.
Look out for the design in the Darley windows in Kilbride church.

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