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Church's project opens up the past

When a church was built more than 100 years ago, members of the congregation decided to bury a time capsule within its walls for future generations to discover.

Now, the copper tube that was hidden below a monument marking the establishment of Stonelaw Church, Rutherglen, has been opened.

The artefact gives an insight into the headline news of 1912 - with a copy of the March 30 edition of The Herald and the Rutherglen Reformer.

It was uncovered during the refurbishment project at the Church Of Scotland building to allow for more space in the community cafe.

The memorial stone that marked the anniversary of its opening was moved to another wall of the building to create the extra space.

And Reverend Alistair May, who has led the kirk for the past 12 years, said the discovery of the capsule was a "great story to tell".

He said: "As we are celebrating the re-opening of our renewed building, it is moving to think that our predecessors were celebrating theirs in 1912. They also raised money to make a building fit to serve their community - we hope that is what we have done too.

"It was also moving to think that many of those who were involved in the building work of 1912 would have lost their lives in the Great War that broke out just two years later. Their names are inscribed in the building."

The capsule was opened during the church service on Sunday and members were able to have a look for themselves.

Shown on the cover of the The Herald is a list of the births, marriages and deaths at the time.

The edition, which was printed just two weeks before the Titanic sank, was reporting on stories from March 29. That was the day Captain Robert Scott and his companions are presumed to have died while making the returning journey from the South Pole. However their bodies were not recovered for another eight months.

Museum staff were also informed of the capsule, and it is now planned to rebury it with it containing present-day objects.

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