WARM tributes have been paid from the local community this week to the Reverend Albert Bogle of Bo’ness, who was installed on Saturday as the new Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
At a special Lord High Commissioner’s visit to his home church of St Andrew’s on Monday, guests attended from the neighbouring congregations of Carriden, Craigmailen, Bo’ness Old Kirk, St Mary’s and the Salvation Army.
On Albert’s new post, the Salvation Army’s Val Spowart said: “It’s a wonderful honour for the town, for the congregation of St Andrew’s and it’s just well deserved for all the work that goes on behind the scenes and what’s going on abroad as well as here.
“We just wish him well in his period as Moderator.”
Rev Peter Neilson, who is deputising for Albert at St Andrew’s, said: “Albert was one of the great motivators for the vision for the church without walls and together the congregation has worked to embody that vision here in Bo’ness.”
At a town hall reception for the Lord High Commissioner, Madelene Hunt, community council convener, said: “We wish Albert every success and we are very proud of him.
“We know he will do a terrific job and let’s hope he modernises things as well.”
Provost Pat Reid said: “The appointment comes with my warmest congratulations. I know Albert and have met him in many different guises. He was the chaplain at our festival of rememberance last year.
“Where he goes, so does the name of Bo’ness.”
It has been a whistlestop week for the new Moderator. He was at a church-wide Heart and Soul celebration on Sunday in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens.
On Tuesday he was guest of honour at a Holyrood Place banquet with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Cardinal O’Brien, the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church and the Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland.