Minister thanked for 25 years’ service

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After delivering a harvest thanksgiving church service, Saddell, Carradale and Southend’s minister was thanked for his own 25 years of service.

Reverend Steve Fulcher was presented with a mantel clock and a basket of flowers in celebration of the silver anniversary of his ordination.

The clock was inscribed with the message: ‘Presented by the congregations of Saddell and Carradale, linked with Southend, to the Reverend Steve Fulcher in recognition of 25 years in the ministry.’

Rev Fulcher began his career in 1993 as a Methodist minister in Watford, before moving to Cheltenham in 1999.

In 2003, he was ordained into the Church of Scotland and moved to Islay.

He went to the Scottish Borders in 2009, before settling at Saddell and Carradale, linked with Southend, in 2012.

A large congregation turned out to the service and a lunch in St Blaan’s Hall afterwards, and most were as surprised as Rev Fulcher by the presentation, as only about four people knew about it.

Session clerks, Matthew Ramsay for Carradale, and Neil Ronald for Southend, introduced their wives, Sheena Ramsay, who presented the clock and a certificate, and Jen Ronald, who came forward with the flowers.

Alan Barnett of Carradale engraving business AG Personalised inscribed the clock free of charge.

Sheena said: ‘Steve’s been with us for six years now, and we realise how lucky we are to have a full-time minister.

‘He really did appreciate it, sending a lovely message of thanks afterwards.’

Rev Steve Fulcher with Sheena Ramsay, who presented him with a clock and certificate. NO_c45fulcher01