Update – 18th September 2020

Dear Guild Brothers

The Guildry Council have met regularly in a virtual sense in the absence of Courts. The next date on our diary would off been an Autumn meeting on Friday 25th September, obviously this has been cancelled due to Covid.

The History Awards ceremonies went ahead virtually at the University and the QVS with plans in place for Balfron and Stirling High Schools. The remaining schools have yet to confirm their plans.

The Remembrance Service on Sunday 8th November will go ahead this year, however somewhat restricted. I shall let everyone know when i get the details.

Work has recommenced at Cowanes Hospital, however there is still a lot of work to be done and decisions to be made. A new Master and Factor has been appointed; Heather Ferguson is now in office in the lead up to the reopening of the building.

The AGM and Winter Court on the 2nd December will not go ahead as per normal, however we would like some feedback on the idea of a Virtual Court as we have been given permission by OSCR to have a digital meeting by using Zoom or a similar Webinar. If you would give some consideration and email me back on the email address below, I will put it to the Council. 

Paul Miller

Cancellation of Summer Court – 12th August 2020

Our next Court which should off been held on Wednesday the 12th August has been cancelled. Your Deans Council continue to meet via Zoom and continually review the situation of the view of returning back to normal. Your safety is our prime concern so we need to be cautious, so we must fully comply with the laws and regulations in force in our area.

Update – 29th June 2020

Dear Guild Brothers,

I am pleased to be able to greet you in this short message by way of email and attached a letter from our Dean which says all the things I would say in these times of uncertainty.

Our next Court which should off been held on Wednesday the 12th August has been cancelled. Your Deans Council continue to meet via Zoom and continually review the situation of the view of returning back to normal. Your safety is our prime concern so we need to be cautious, so we must fully comply with the laws and regulations in force in our area.

I sincerely hope you and your families are all well and the next time I write will be inviting you to the first Court after lockdown.

Best Regards Paul

Letter from the Dean – 29th June 2020

Dear Guild Brothers,

It does seem as if we are slowly moving in the right direction but it will be a long time before life returns to a semblance of the normality we knew four months ago. I am conscious that for many of you this will have been an anxious and often lonely time. The human contact we took for granted has been absent from all our lives for many weeks. The weather also seems to have reverted to wind and rain so getting into the fresh air is much less inviting.

It may seem that little has been happening which affects the Guildry but behind the scenes there have been some regular events. The Dean’s Council has met via Zoom and thus the business of the Guildry has been kept under review. The annual History prize has been awarded to Tara Leishman at Stirling University for a paper on, topically, the legacies of transatlantic slavery in 19th century Stirlingshire and Perthshire. I sent a message of congratulations via video. Five history prizes have also been awarded, although again not in person, to pupils at Queen Victoria School along with announcement of the first winner, Pratistha Khawas, of the new Guildry drum.

A new Master and Factor for Cowane’s Trust has been appointed and started with the Trust early in June. As lockdown eases we are able to resume work on the restoration of the inside of the Hospital and with the work progressing we hope we shall be able to anticipate a return to our normal meeting place during 2021. All the portraits are to be photographed and these framed in a uniform pattern for re-hanging in a logical sequence.

We have been much saddened by the loss of two Guild Brothers in recent weeks and send our thoughts and condolences to the families of Jim McGrandles and Roy Paterson. We also send these to Chamberlain and Past Dean Robin Iffla on the death of his mother.

We all look forward to the time when we can meet again safely and we shall keep you all well informed of when we hope that might be.

With best wishes
Elizabeth

Stirling Highland Games Cancelled Due to Coronavirus

Sorry to announce that this years Stirling Highland Games have been cancelled due to the Covid19 Lock Down. It make perfect sense but still disappointing. Please put next years date in your diaries Saturday, 21st of August 2021. The Guildry will still be supporting this important event in the Stirling Diary of Events.

Letter from the Dean – 3rd May 2020

Dear Guild Brothers, 
 
These are very worrying and testing times.  Our way of life is being completely
changed and for most of us this will involve physical separation from our families and a
complete change to our social routine.  Lockdown may mean real isolation for many.  Skype
and WhatsApp are excellent but we do not all have the means to use these so I do hope that
your families and friends are using the excellent telephone to keep in touch.  Please do let me
know if a phone call, or postcard, from anyone on the Dean’s Council would help the day. 
The Dean’s Council is very aware of how difficult life will be for so many and whilst we may
not be in a position to do practical things like shopping we can talk to you.   My telephone
number and email address are on the top of this letter and do please use them if you wish. 
 
We are all worried about the long-term effect on the careers of family members and
how some of them will cope with being isolated or restricted to a small area with a young and
boisterous family.  We all need fresh air so if you can I do encourage you to take a short walk
each day or, if you have one, to spend a little time in the garden, even if only to sit with a cup
of tea for a while.  We all hope that better weather will arrive and then at least windows can
be opened.   
 
It has, of course, also meant that the Guildry gatherings have had to be cancelled.  We
shall, however, re-schedule these for when life returns to normal. 
 
I hope this newsletter will give you something to enjoy and I send my warmest good
wishes to you all and hope that you will stay well during the weeks, perhaps many, ahead of
us. 
  
 Elizabeth