Bookbug bonanza and table top sale at Ruthven Church

This Saturday, the Ruthven Parish Association are hosting a Bookbug Bonanza for 0-5 year olds from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

It will take place in the recently adapted Ruthven Church in Angus – off the A926 Blairgowrie to Kirriemuir road, just over two miles east of Alyth.

The bonanza will be a morning of rhyme, story and song with one of the Scottish Book Trust’s Early Years Music and Story specialists.

There will also be a special visit from the Play, Talk, Read Bus, and crafts, games, a children’s books sale and plenty of fun.

Admission is free for all with drinks and snacks provided. For further information please contact Moyra Hood on 01828 632868 or e-mail

The Bookbug Bonanza will be followed in the afternoon by a table top sale with tables already booked by some excellent craft workers. The sale will run from 2 to 4 p.m. This is a not-to-be-missed chance to do some special Christmas shopping.

Then on the evening of Sunday, December 9, beginning at 7 p.m. the association will host a Christmas concert which will feature local entertainers as well as the award winning Airlie School Choir and young musicians from Webster’s High School.

Again there’s no admission charge but all donations will be in aid of the association funds. Mince pies and spiced wine are also on the programme.

Closing a church is never a happy business but when it was proposed to close the church at Ruthven in Angus as a place of worship the local community formed a group, now with charitable status, to take over the building and make it suitable for use as a community meeting place, a venue for weddings, art workshops and exhibitions.

In 2011 the General Trustees of the Church of Scotland granted the newly formed Ruthven Parish Association a seven year lease on the building.

This secured the traditional venue, with its brilliant acoustic, for the annual Ruthven Parish Festival, and with pews and pulpit removed, the floor levelled and sanded and a new heating system installed, Ruthven Church is shaping up to be a popular community venue.

For further information contact Dr Kate Godfrey, RPA Secretary, on 01828 632463, e-mail: or go to the website –