Phoenix will rise for gala performance

A YEAR of events to celebrate the 25th anniversary of St Andrew’s Church in Bearsden will be brought to an end with a glittering gala performance by the Glasgow Phoenix Choir on Sunday (June 17).

Gordon Reid, a member of St Andrew’s Church, said: “Before 1906, Catholics living in Bearsden attended services at Saint Mary’s in Duntocher, The Immaculate Conception in Maryhill and St Joseph’s in Milngavie.

“However, the coming of the railway to Bearsden in 1863 saw an increasing population and a new chapel was opened at St Peter’s Seminary College in Bearsden for the use of college staff, students and local people.

“After the disastrous fire that destroyed the college in 1946, Saint Joseph’s in Milngavie served Bearsden. Saint Andrew’s Parish was established nine years after Bearsden became a burgh in 1967 when a small church was constructed on the current site on Roman Road.

“The current church was opened 25 years ago in 1987 with the small existing church being converted into a hall for the use of the church and local community.”

To celebrate this 25th anniversary, a series of liturgical and social events have been running throughout the year, aimed at all sections and age groups within and beyond the parish.

These have included a pasta night, an advent concert by the Kelvin Choir, an evening of reminiscing of some of the classic Hollywood musicals, an incredibly moving, well supported and successful parish retreat run by the Redemptionist Fathers over a week in early March, a parish exhibition, an Irish night, a family ceilidh, a walk and picnic in Mugdock Country Park and a celebratory mass on the evening of the actual anniversary on March 17.

Father Donnelly, St Andrew’s Church Parish Priest, has been delighted at how well all the events have been supported by parishioners.

He said: “I believe the year’s events have provided opportunities for spiritual growth and an increase in parish life in what is already a vibrant parish community.”

The celebrations will culminate with this gala performance in the church at 7.30pm by The Glasgow Phoenix Choir, one of the foremost and longest established choral groups in the UK. The choir’s conductor and music director is a Bearsden resident, Marilyn J Smith MBE and there will also be songs and music from the children of St Andrew’s Primary School, Bearsden.

Tickets cost £10 for adults, £7.50 for concessions and children get in free, to book contact 07543 628 909. All are welcome. Profits will be donated to Mary’s Meals.