The St. Andrews night ceilidh got off to a great start with a few
rousing tunes on the pipes from Matt McCall. Next we had a selection of
well known tunes from our very own accordionist Andy Jones who played
for the dancing and singing . Jim Crawford acted as M.C. for the evening
introducing the dancers and singers. Two of our choir members sang some
old Scots songs namely Betty and Mary accompanied on the piano by
Kathleen. Recitations were also given by Mary which were well received
by everyone. Matt McCall gave us some impromptu singing showing that
piping is not his only talent!!
Young dancers from the Aileen Robertson Dance School performed a
selection of Highland dances which were enjoyed by everyone.
The Girvan Branch of the Scottish Country Dance Society performed a few
demonstration dances and also helped to teach a few dances encouraging
people to take the floor and join in.
Through the efforts of all the sum of £400 will go to the Church
South Ayrshire Divisional Competition held in Newton-on Ayr Church on
Saturday 23rd November for the Agnes Burgoyne Trophy. This competition
is held annually based on a biblical theme and each year a different
section of Girls Brigade competes. This year the competition was for
Explorers. Girvan entered two teams of 3 girls with 8 teams altogether
competed. The girls listened to the story of Noah then each team was
given a sheet of paper on which to draw and colour a picture of Noah's
The judges were Mrs Dunlop and Mrs Gray (presenting the trophy to the
winners, 2nd Girvan Girls Brigade.)
The Agnes Burgoyne Competition has been running since 1975 and was last
won by Girvan in 2002.
Congratulations to the girls.
The Christmas Fayre was well attended, and the amazing sum of £2000
was raised. The usual stalls were there including bric a brac,
home baking, crafts, and
books. The Girls Brigade were there helping to serve
teas and they had a "pin the nose on Rudolph" stall to raise funds.
The Swinging sixties fundraiser was well attended,
and raised £415 for the renovation fund. Seventy
attended and had a great night and a delicious supper. Most of the
people dressed up (including Rev Richard and Margie) and this added
greatly to the fun and the atmosphere.
Harvest Thanksgiving took place on Sunday 29th
Opened from Monday 15th July to
Saturday 27th July.
The total amount raised during the two
weeks was £1705.20. A big thank you to everyone who donated items to
sell and special thanks to the organisers, Sandra Smith and Agnes Gibson, and to all the
people who gave of their time to work in the shop.
At the Communion Service on Sunday morning, Rev Richard Moffat
presented a beautiful inscribed chronological bible to Mrs Margaret
Benson along with a lovely arrangement of flowers. Margaret is retiring
as Clerk to the Congregational Board and was warmly thanked by Richard
for her 14 years of dedicated service. Margaret is continuing as Clerk
to the Renovation Committee and as contact person for the church
In reply Margaret said her work as Clerk had been a privilege and a joy.
Girvan North was blessed with dedicated office bearers and she thanked
them all , past and present for the support, friendship,fellowship. and
fun she had enjoyed. Margaret also thanked Jennifer Ramsay for taking on
the clerk's position and wished her every success.
A Faith Meeting was held in the Church on Saturday 22nd June 2013 the
main purpose of which was to hear the Rev Dr Ed Millin speak.
Ed, from British Columbia, Canada,
an old friend and fellow minister of Rev.
Richard Moffat was spending a few days
in Girvan as a guest of Richard & Margie.
Also taking part were the Colmonell Church Faith Group who opened the
meeting with a series of Songs of Faith.
The summer outing of 1st Girvan Boys Brigade was on Saturday 1st June
to Cream Of Galloway Visitor Centre, Gatehouse of Fleet. A great time
was had by all on the adrenaline pumping tube slides, pedal karts and in
the woodland adventure playground. With a flying fox slide and a Cra's
Nest viewing tower. The Cream of Galloway ice cream
was also very much enjoyed!
A Cream Tea Afternoon, and Plant Sale was held on Saturday 11th May.
It was well attended, and raised £640 for the
The sum raised by the sponsored walk
for the Renovation fund was £635 plus Gift
The Induction Service of Rev Richard Moffat was
held on Tuesday 16th April
at 7.00pm, and was conducted by the Rev. John C. Matthews, MA BD
OBE, the Minister Emeritus, of Ruchill Kelvinside, Glasgow, now retired
to Troon. The Charges were given by the
Moderator of the Presbytery, the Rev. Alastair Symington, formally of
Troon Old, and a chaplain to the Queen.
The service was followed by a Tea and a Social where Jim Guthrie
handed over to the new minister.
On Tuesday 29th January, the Battalion Figure
Marching competition was held in our church hall.
Five teams competed performing plane cross,
snowball, reverse snowball, snake, diamond, and pick up a partner
1st Girvan Junior Boys' Brigade won
first place, and were presented with the Handyside Trophy.
In second place was 1st Alloway, with 1st Prestwick
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