SEI August Newsletter

The Scottish Episcopal Institute, which is responsible for training priests, deacons and lay readers in our Church, produces a monthly newsletter.  If you are interested in what the Institute and its students (including our own Don Grant) have been up to, you can read all about it  August 2018 News from SEI.

Next month marks Mrs Denise Brunton who has been SEI’s Administrator throughout its life, and before that worked for TISEC and Coates Hall. In total, Denise has served the Scottish Episcopal Church for 27 years! A remarkable achievment from someone who has touched  the lives of many people, through her immensely caring attitude to all that she does and all those she meets.

Confirmation – 16th September – St Andrew’s

Bishop Mark will be in Tain on Sunday 16th September and there will be Confirmations as part of the morning Service.  There are one or two candidates so far, but if anyone else wishes to be Confirmed at this service, please let Fr James know.  There will be sessions to prepare candidates for Confirmation in late August/early September – more details later.

Braw Bricht Nicht Music

Accordion Duo Wow Dornoch – again!










For the eleventh year running these hugely talented musicians held a large audience spellbound as they made a couple of button-key accordions make sounds that convinced those listening that they were listening to a whole orchestra, an organ, strings or even the pipes.

In a programme featuring the music of Widor, Prokofiev, Bor, Heidrich, Bizet/Waxman, Khachaturian, Rimsky-Korsakov/Zubitsky and a number of other Ukranian composers, these professional musicians entertained us with their skill, their humour and their sheer virtuosity.

And all in the name of the charity Hippokrat, which supports the mothers of children born in the Ukraine since the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986. Many of these children have severe physical and mental problems and need constant support, even though they are now young adults.

Each summer this duo devote their holidays to raising money to support these families who get little help from the state – a labour of love. They left Dornoch having raised nearly £750 (including about £120 in CD sales) and appear again tonight at St Andrew’s Fortrose.

They intend to return next year, so look out for them and make it a date – superb entertainment and a very worthy cause!!




The Kyiv Accordion Duo are Back

The Kyiv Classic Accordion Duo are making their eleventh visit to St Finnbarr’s on Wednesday 1st August.  Their concert will start at 7:30pm and there will be a retiring collection for the charity HIPPOKRAT.

This year they will play music by: Widor, Bizet, Prokofiev, Rimski-Korsakof, Khachaturian and more …  Here is a sample: Dance of the Furies by Gluck.

About the Kyiv Classical Accordion Duo:

In 2006 Igor and Oleksiy finished studying in the National Music Academy of Ukraine in Kiev. However they began to perform professionally from 2002. Oleksiy plays in the Orchestra of the National Radio of Ukraine; Igor works in the National Philharmonic of Ukraine. They decided to give the name Kyiv Duo Classic to the duo. However this does not mean that Igor and Oleksiy perform only classical music; programmes of their concerts include music of Bach, Grieg, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov as well as traditional Ukrainian and Russian music. Two contemporary button accordions make it possible to produce a sound like a small squeezebox and at the same time, like big church organ, a string quartet and even an orchestra.

About their charity – HIPPOKRAT:

One of the main purposes of the Kyiv Classic Accordion Duo 2009 UK tour was to raise money for the HIPPOKRAT Society of Mothers of Disabled Children who suffered as a result of the explosion in 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Energy Plant. This has remained the focus of fund-raising on each subsequent tour, as the need continues.  The Chernigiv region suffered most from the radiation fall out and since 1986 a large number of children have been born with mental and physical problems. Many of these children are now young adults.

As Oleksiy explains:

There are at least 1000 invalid children in Chernigiv which has a total population of around 320,000 and unfortunately, these children get no real support from the state. The mother of a disabled child usually needs to be with the child all the time, so she cannot earn money. That is why the Society of Mothers of Disabled Children, HIPPOKRAT, was founded more than 15 years ago”.

The task of HIPPOKRAT is to provide families with invalid children with food, medicine and money. HIPPOKRAT also organises different events and parties with presents for children. It is not a commercial organisation. It is run by 10 women led by Valentina Frol. They do not receive any money for their job and all of them have disabled children”.

Charities Shop Distribution of Monies

The distribution of funds from St Finnbarr’s Charities Shop for this year is now complete.
£15,440 has been distributed among the following organisations:

  • Alzheimer Scotland for Dornoch Dementia Cafe
  • Angel Faces (Christian Fellowship Playgroup)
  • Friends of Brora Learning Centre
  • Caithness and Sutherland Women’s Aid
  • CALA (formerly Family First East Sutherland)
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Crossroads (East Sutherland) Care
  • Dornoch Academy Additional Support Team
  • Dornoch Academy School Library
  • Dornoch Area Resilience Group
  • Dornoch and District Community Association
  • Dornoch BRIG (Dornoch Beach Regeneration Improvement Group)
  • Dornoch Brownies
  • Dornoch Cathedral Boys’ Brigade/Shipmates
  • Dornoch Firth Group
  • Dornoch Flowers and Fairs
  • Dornoch Primary School Additional Support Team
  • Dornoch Youth Café
  • East Sutherland Rescue Association
  • Friends of Oversteps
  • Historylinks
  • Lawson Cambusavie Memorial Hospital Friends
  • Little Lambs (Free Church Playgroup)
  • Maggies Highland
  • Meadows Patients’ Comfort Fund
  • Migdale Hospital Comfort Fund
  • SSAFA Forces Help
  • Sutherland Schools Pipe Band
  • Support in Mind Scotland (Golspie Gatehouse)

A huge thank you to everyone who helped to raise the money by working in the shop or donating goods for sale – the above groups really appreciate your efforts, as do we in St Finnbarr’s.

A Cause for Celebration

At our joint service this morning, we helped St Finnbarr’s organist Gill, mark a significant birthday.  Part of that was of course cake and the singing of Happy Birthday.  Congratulations Gill, it was special for us too.