Final Mass said at St Cuthbert’s Chapel, Earlston

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Worshippers gathered for the final Mass at St Cuthbert’s Chapel in Earlston on August 31.

There has been a Catholic presence in the village for more than 70 years. The building had originally been the Mess Hut for the Territorial Army, but they allowed the use of it on Sundays, and was acquired by the church around the early 1960s.

Verina Kearney told us: “Priests from both the White Fathers (now Tweed Horizons at St. Boswells) and the Catholic Seminary at Drygrange (now Grange Hall Nursing Home) used to say Mass for the congregation. However, over the last 40 years priests from Galashiels have served Earlston, with a huge input by Deacon Duncan Macfarlane, and during the time Fr John Robinson served here he helped to establish ecumenical links with the Church of Scotland in Earlston as well as in the other centres he served.