Moderator pays visit to Buchan

Rev Hood takes the boat to shore!
Rev Hood takes the boat to shore!

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland visited Peterhead as part of her Presbytery of Buchan last week.

The Right Reverend Lorna Hood, accompanied by husband Peter, arrived on Saturday and was welcomed by Presbytery office bearers.

Pupils at St Fergus Primary School with their Anne Frank award and Rev Hood

Pupils at St Fergus Primary School with their Anne Frank award and Rev Hood

Rev Hood took part in a joint service in Peterhead on Sunday, November 3, where all three Church of Scotland congregations in the town, along with the congregation of St Fergus, came together.

In the evening, she took part in a panel discussion in Fraserburgh.

On Monday, November 4, Rev Hood visited Peterhead Prison, where she heard all about the new building.

Tuesday saw a visit to St Fergus Primary School and Peterhead Hospital.

At St Fergus, Rev Hood received a warm welcome from pupils, and given a tour by prefects who explained the school’s history and heritage as well as their current learning.

A number of senior pupils presented their recent work in understanding equality and diversity, which helped achieve the Anne Frank Award.

At a question and answer session, pupils learned about the special clothes she wears, her experience meeting the Queen, how she was chosen for the role and her favourite Christian festival.

Following the school visit, Rev Hood headed to Peterhead Hospital where she was given a tour of the Renal Unit, Summers Ward and the Maternity Unit.

Rev Hood took some time to speak to patients and members of staff while learning about the various treatments and equipment available at the hospital.

While there, she met MacMillan Nurse, Carole Thornton, who explained her role in the hospital, and the patients she helps in the community.

Speaking to the Buchanie after her hospital visit, Rev Hood said: “It has been absolutely great and really interesting. I am most impressed with the teamwork here.”

When asked about her visit to St Fergus School, she said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my visit, it is a great wee school. The pupils asked me some very interesting questions.”

On Wednesday, Rev Hood visited the Scottish Maritime Academy where she received a tour by manager, Linda Hope.

Rev Hood met a group of students, who were in the middle of some practical rope work, and asked them about their course.

Afterwards, Rev Hood was given control of the Full Mission Bridge Simulator, and successfully managed to bring the boat into Peterhead Harbour.

Commenting on her visit to the Maritime Academy, she said: “I loved it, especially driving the boat and parking it without crashing!”

When asked about her overall visit to the area, Rev Hood said: “It has been excellent, the people have been really warm and welcoming and I have had a very enjoyable time.

“I never realised how much is going on in the different industries, including fishing and farming.”

Following her Peterhead visit, Rev Hood travelled to the other side of the Presbytery for the remainder of the week, stopping by Portsoy, Banff, Macduff and Turriff.