Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church, Stirling

Rev. Gordon Budd (1961-1973)

Rev. Gordon BuddRev. Rundell was succeeded by Rev. Gordon Budd, previously Rector at Bacton (with Wyverstone), Stowmarket, Suffolk. During his incumbency, Stirling's new housing estates expanded still further. The old town, completely rebuilt, was now housing large numbers of council tenants with various religious allegiances, or none. The houses in the Terraces were gradually being vacated by individual families and turned into flats, many of them becoming offices. The army ultimately withdrew from the Castle. These changes affected the congregation under its new incumbent. He inherited the Church Hall project, which must have dominated the first years of his ministry in Stirling. Difficulties were gradually overcome and the Hall came into use, though the costs far exceeded the original estimates and the revenue for letting it was never as great as was hoped. None the less, church life could hardly have continued without it.

During Rev. Budd's incumbency, a Stewardship Campaign was initiated which, for a time, improved the revenue. The Scottish Episcopal Church sign was placed on the south external wall and notices of services were placed in hotels and in the Stirling Observer, to make the church known to visitors and copies of the Scottish Liturgy were obtained, primarily for their use.

Mr Kinnear resigned in 1961 after forty years as organist and died in the following year. Ladies were now singing in the choir wearing, at their own request, purple robes similar to those of the boys.

Also in 1961, Rev. David Redwood left to become Curate at Christ Church, Glasgow and Warden of Mile End Social Centre. However, he returned to preach again during the centenary celebrations of 1978 and, on 6 August 2006, made a surprise reappearance to lead his first Sung Eucharist at Holy Trinity for forty-five years!

A mission had earlier been established at Throsk, primarily organised for the community which had grown up around the Royal Naval Armament Depot at Bandeath. Services were held in the Depot's Training Centre - a building which hosted many and varied activities ranging from the Ladies' Club to motor sport film shows - and which was sometimes even used for the
purpose for which the taxpayers had financed its construction in the first place!

Jonathon Lord recalls: "Our family moved to Throsk in 1963 and the services, conducted at that time by Gordon Budd, were already well established by then.  My father soon became Secretary to the Vestry at Holy Trinity and, looking through his diaries, I notice frequent references to evenings spent writing the minutes of meetings - something which I do myself over forty years later for St Bride's in Glasgow.  The regular Eucharists twice a month were complemented by a service of Lessons and Carols each Christmas which was well attended by Throsk residents, many of whom had no Episcopalian
On Saturday mornings my father would rope me and my brother in to go and set out the building for the following day's service. This was worth the effort, because sometimes he would let me drive his car round the substantial network of Depot private roads afterwards: a great treat as I was well under the legal age for driving on the public road at the time."

The Raploch Hut was disposed of in 1964. The Old Age Pensioners' Association would have used it, but repairs were too costly, and it was eventually removed by the Robert Burns Club at Bannockburn to be used as a youth centre. Thus the Raploch members of the congregation were left with no place of meeting, but the Rector made a great effort to organise means of transporting them to church. For a time he made similar arrangements for them, and for a St Ninians group, to attend on Christmas night. Many of these members were now becoming elderly and Rev. Budd kept in touch with them by visiting them in their homes and in hospitals.

In December 1964, estimates were sought for a complete cleaning and redecoration of the church, but this proved beyond the congregation's means. None the less, on 4 November 1965, it was formally listed as a building of special architectural and historical interest.

As the financial situation deteriorated, the endowments were once again reviewed and some of them re-invested. The deed of covenant scheme, which had been publicised some time before, was again commended to the congregation with some measure of success. Rev. Budd resigned in 1973, to become Curate-in-Charge at St Ninian's, Aberdeen.

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