Fitting tribute for Burnhead minister

A much-respected former minister at Uddingston’s Burnhead Parish Church has been honoured by a newly-opened memorial garden.

The Grady Memorial Garden, named after the late Reverend Jim Grady, has been created from what had been waste ground and is intended to be used by the whole community.

Jill Radigan and Stewart Grady perform the official tape-cutting ceremony for the new garden.

Jill Radigan and Stewart Grady perform the official tape-cutting ceremony for the new garden.

It was opened last week by the former minister’s son Stewart Grady, who is the church’s session clerk, and his daughter Jill Radigan.

And they gave particular thanks to the people whose labour-of-love hard work made it possible - the local community payback team.

Pathways, shrubs and herbaceous borders and trees are all included in the garden, which it’s hoped many local people will use as a space for quiet reflection and prayer.

The scheme has taken a considerable time to put together, with a garden committee, and active involvement from the church, local councillor Jim McCabe and others.

Mr Grady, clearly moved by the spirited turnout from local people at the opening ceremony, said the garden represented the best possible use of what had been a vacant site.

“It is a place where hopefully people will be able to find some quiet amid these pleasant surroundings,” he said.

“It will also no doubt prove ideal for all manner of community events in the warmer months, for example involving children and families.”

He also thanked the present Burnhead minister, the Rev Les Brunger, “for his kind words, and help with the dedication and official opening.”

At the ceremony it was noted that the effort clearly put into the garden showed the payback workers involved were fully committed to the project.

Their hard work is reckoned to have helped the team behind the project bring to fruition a valuable new amenity for local people.