Keeping body and soul together!

We are learning new ways and perhaps even patience as we try to cope and fight coronavirus. There is much to miss, and much to warm the heart and appreciate. The Carlops community spirit is in evidence as people find ways to help others.

Here are four initiatives that may help people in and around Carlops. If humour is still permitted: they may help keep body and soul together!

Tending the spirit; helping the body

Rev Stewart McPherson writes a weekly Reflection: bible readings, prayer, hymns, his own thoughts and teaching, news. It goes out by email each weekend, with an occasional mid-week supplement. Many people find it helpful. If you would like to join the circulation list, contact Rennie McElroy via

Murray Campbell, Session Clerk, is organizing a virtual gathering of Carlops Church people on Sundays at 10am on the software platform Zoom. There’s a welcome, readings, short reflection and prayer; followed in real Carlops style by informal chat! Contact Murray via if you’d like to join the group.

Tending the body; helping the spirit

The Allan Ramsay Hotel provides hot meals on Thursday, Friday and Saturday; takeaway or delivered to you. Order online at or by phone 01968 660 258. They will email confirmation of order, and phone later to take payment by credit or debit card. The hotel also runs a community shop: fresh vegetables, fruit and meat; milk, bread; store cupboard dry goods; core toiletries. Order in the same way as the meals. Editor’s opinion? Good quality and value; growing range of products.

The Carlops Community Care Group that Jim Eccleston set up in March is working hard and working well (this writer benefits from their work). If you can’t or shouldn’t go out, they will shop for you, collect prescriptions, deliver stuff, or just phone for a friendly chat. To get help and/or to volunteer to join the Group, call Jim Eccleston on 07447 031 396.