Charity of the Year 2022/2023

We are delighted to announce that we have chosen Strathcarron Hospice as our Charity of the Year for the 2022/23 season.

Margaret Miller, 19 Jun 1946 – 10 Aug 2022

Some of you may know that one of our longest-serving members, Margaret Miller, was cared for at the hospice before her premature death in August. Margaret was a hugely popular member of the choir and was an extremely efficient Librarian.

She was passionate about music, cooking, family and the outdoors. Teaching for 36 years at Gartmore Primary School, she was a pioneer of outdoor learning in Scottish schools, showing how nature can be a part of every lesson, no matter if the school is country or urban. Following retirement, she worked with nurseries and schools in the Central Region to teach others how to prune, identify and share her love of apple trees from ‘pip to plate’, which gave her such pleasure.

Margaret with Andy Pearson

Musically, Margaret had been a member of a number of musical ensembles across Scotland over the years, including The Edinburgh Bach Choir, Strathendrick Singers, Inchcolm New Music Ensemble, Strathclyde Harmonia and SUCC. She also loved to combine singing with travel: singing at the Laycock Summer Music School for 20 years, in Spain, France and even in Havana! Choral and organ music were woven into every aspect of Margaret’s life. To have her own composition of Preces and Responses sung by SUCC was a joy.

There will be a celebration concert for Margaret at Gartmore Church on Saturday 27th February 2023 where members of SUCC will be joined by the Linton Singers and other groups who Margaret enjoyed singing with – more details of this will be provided closer to the time.

Margaret with her daughter Viv

In the meantime, the choir will be heading to the IKEA store in Braehead over the weekend of December 3rd and 4th to sing Christmas carols and raise funds for the Hospice.

A QR code for donations is provided here, or visit the Strathcarron Hopsice In Memory page – please give generously!