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Glasgow's east-end, Calton     

  St.Luke's & St Andrew's -  Church of Scotland    Bain Square



Old photograph of  St.Lukes, 
Church of Scotland

I spent many happy hours  in this church with the 219th BB it was known as Calton New Parish Church and the Rev.Bill Crombie was the minister. The church also looked very different in my era, it had no bell tower and a new church hall had been built, the swingpark was still there though!
Between the swingpark and the church was a street...


Frontage of church
St Luke's & St Andrew's (Church of Scotland) Bain Square, Calton:

Sunday Worship at 11.00am


This photograph will help you compare old and new photographs.
The bell tower has gone and a new roof and frontage was added. New church hall
The swing park was replaced with a pedestrian landscaped area

May 2005


     Dec.2007 landscaping all gone .....


This church wis great furr meeting and getting tae know young ministers as it ran the Calton Youth Club and the Rev.Bill Crombie took on a posse of young ministers who worked at the youth club, Rev Leith Fisher, *Rev David Lunan,  Rev. Robin McHaffie, Rev.Howard Hudson, Rev.Douglas Wallace to name but a few!

[*Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
    2008 to 2009:
The Right Rev David Lunan ]

We formed a fitba team called Calton Amateurs an' we joined the Scottish Amateur League, division ten if ah remember rightly. ... Leith gotus the youth club bus which we used each Seturday tae get tae the fitba matches. The bus wis driven by Jimmy Robertson brother of Rev.Campbell Robertson from Iona Community House in Clyde Street, Glesca.. 


We gave it oor all but we wurr the wurst team in the league and gote gubbed every week 8, 9 and 10 - nothing!  Honest!  Leith is the only minister I hiv played fitba wi' who gote sent aff - red carded by the ref furr dissent! 
Ah wis a BB officer in they days an' the ministers aw gote turns tae take services, Leith's church services wurr always very good. A very likeable, approachable man, doon tae earth anwell liked by everyone, we hid many a great  terr oan that mini-bus, Leith sitting at the front wi his feet up smoking his pipe hivving a laugh wi' the guys. 

Rev.Leith Fisher sadly passed away on 13th March 2009.....ah first met Leith when he wis a minister at Calton New Parish church in Bain Square.

Rev.William D. CROMBIE  passed away suddenly on Sunday, 6th May, 2018, aged 95. Beloved husband of Margaret and adored father of Maryanne and Elizabeth. Dear grandfather of Duncan, Sheona, Kirsty, Katharine and Mhairi and great-grandad to Dominic, James and Struan. Bill was minister at Calton New and St Andrews Parish churches in Glasgow. The Master said "Well done good and faithful servant". On Friday, 25th May there will be a family cremation at Clydebank Crematorium and then a Service of Thanksgiving at New Kilpatrick Church, Bearsden at 2pm. All are welcome.        


22 May 2018, Email, Elizabeth Crombie, Age 61, Glasgow, Scotland.
Willie I remember you from the B.B. along with all the other lads !
I once went to the camp at Montrose ! We slept on bunk beds and I discovered that potatoes could also come from packets .
Your site makes me feel nostalgic for the days of The Calton.
We missed the last bus and had to walk the six miles back along dark country roads led by Jim Turnbull.  Do you ever hear from him? He married Agnes who lived across the road from me .
My father passed away aged 95 on 6th May , funeral on Friday 25th at New Kilpatrick Church Bearsden
22 May 2018, extract from Email,  Webmaister, Glasgow, Scotland.
Elizabeth, Lovely to hear from you but sorry it also brings sad news. Your Dad was one of the old school and much loved by all.  I remember you and your sister very well and Jim and I often fondly reminisce of those times.  Jim and I are still best pals and see each other regularly.
I will pass on your Dad's funeral arrangements to the people I still have contact with.
22 May 2018, Email, Elizabeth Crombie,
Thanks for your reply I have been looking after Mum and Dad for several years now and will really miss his friendship and wisdom.  I have two children and two grandsons .
Best wishes to all the lads of the B.B. , we all had some great times,
I went to a concert in St Luke's last year , it was strange to be back there but at least the building is being used in the community. All the best Elizabeth

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