Scots in Great War London

To coincide with the Centenary of the Armistice, a number of Scots organisations in London have combined to produce a book ‘Scots in Great War London’  that records stories, and examines the close links between the organisations, and their shared hopes fears and tragic losses. It notes too that Scotland’s casualties were disproportionately higher than those from other parts of Britain.Scots in The Great War Talk

One of the contributers to the book, the BBC’s health Editor Hugh Pym, and his wife Susan (both elders at St Columba’s) came to Riverside this week to share stories collected in ‘Scots in Great War London’. Susan grew up in Dumbarton and Riverside is her ‘home church’. Donations were collected for the work of Poppy Scotland and Borderline, the charity that works with homeless Scots in London.

There was a well-established Scots community of around 90,000 in London before the Great War broke out in 1914. Their work and background covered a wide range of professions, jobs and social backgrounds, but their Scottish-ness was a bond between them. Organisations like the Caledonian Club, the Caledonian Society and the London Scottish FC (rugby) catered for social and sporting interests, while Crown Court and St Columba’s Church of Scotland congregations catered for spiritual and social needs. There were links too with Scots regiments like the Scots Guards and the London Scottish Regiment.

When war broke out many who belonged to Scots organisations signed up – and many never came back. At the same time troops from Scotland passed through London going to and from the Front. Over the course of the War St Columba’s fed and entertained nearly 50,000 Scots troops passing through London, going to war or going home.

Thank You, Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust

Dumbarton: Riverside has been awarded 10 silhouettes funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust really appreciate being included in the Armistice and Armed Forces Communities programme, which makes awards to bring communities together to remember; and to think about the Armed Forces today.

“There But Not There” is a project running across the UK for the centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-1918 war, with silhouettes installed where the men and women came from across the country, back in the communities they left behind

The ten transparent silhouettes will be placed around the Sanctuary at Dumbarton: Riverside during Remembrance 2018, the centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-1918 First World War, forming a striking and thought provoking presence for those sitting amongst them in the

Riverside is the historic parish church of Dumbarton, with links to the former garrison in the Castle. We will hold a joint service with The West Kirk at Riverside on 11 November. For this year we are making plans to use projected photos, video-clips, display the war memorials, seeking to understand the different reactions people may have had on 11 November 1918. We are working on researching the names on the war memorials in conjunction with a local history group based in Dumbarton Library and the local Secondary School. The Boys Brigade will ring the bell in the evening. The Sunday School will be planting poppies and preparing a lunch, with war-time songs afterwards.

Job Vacancy – Caretaker

Church & Hall Caretaker Required

Part-time, based on 15 hours per weekDumbarton Caretaker Position 2018

Church and Halls Caretaker – Remit:

  • Opening halls for organisations and meetings
  • Setting up / putting by, tables and chairs for groups and organisations
  • Keep a check on the Church and Halls. Report to the appropriate persons any health & safety or cleaning issues.
  • Church Heating. Make sure that it is on/ set for Halls and Church
  • Attending to the Church grounds: cutting grass, weeding, collecting litter, clearing paths etc
  • Keep the Church Cupboards in kitchen, under stairs etc clean and tidy.
  • Putting out the bins for refuse collection
  • Checking the halls and church are secure and alarm is set before leaving
  • And any other reasonable duties required

Rate of pay:

This is a part-time post, equivalent to 15 hours per week worked flexibly over the course of the year. Living wage rate.

Holiday entitlement:

6 weeks per annum (including public holidays)

Evening/weekend work will be required

Application Form in Microsoft Word Format – Click here to download

Application Form in PDF Format – Click here to download

Completed application form should be signed and returned to:

or by post to:

Liz McAllister
Riverside Parish Church
High Street
Dumbarton G82 1NB

Closing date for applications: Friday 20th July 2018