BLYTHSWOOD CARE SHOEBOX APPEAL 2018 - 25TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR

Bring Happiness to someone in need this Christmas!

It is time once again to think about filling shoeboxes.

Last year Blythswood Care delivered 115932 shoeboxes to people in Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Pakistan, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine. Last year we contributed almost 100 of these boxes. This is only possible through the generosity and kindness of people like you.

Everyday things that we take for granted can often be luxuries for people in desperate poverty, so please take a leaflet and fill a shoebox. Give hope to someone in need this Christmas.

Leaflets are available in the vestibule of the Church, in the Church Hall or from Cavers and Co. Please note that this year Blythswood are collecting shoeboxes earlier than usual in the south of Scotland, so please have your shoeboxes ready by the end of October.

Boxes can be handed in to Cavers and Co. 40/42 St Mary Street, Kirkcudbright or at any Church service before 31st October.. We have a supply of empty boxes at Cavers and Co, so please pick one up from there if necessary.
 

GEOFF DAVIDSON - OUR NEW ORGANIST

We are delighted to welcome Geoff as the recently appointed organist at Kirkcudbright Parish Church. Geoff was born in Dumfries and went to school there. He started playing the organ at the age of 15 at Lincluden Church and later at St Georges Dumfries. After studying at Royal Scottish Academy of Music he entered teaching before becoming a staff member of the BBC Singers. As a singer he has toured worldwide with some of the world’s great conductors. He has himself conducted numerous choirs and orchestras, both professional and amateur. He has written his own orchestral pieces as well as operas and musicals. Over the years he has kept up his organ skills, until recently playing for the 6 parish churches near his home in Norfolk! Since retiring to New Galloway in 2017 Geoff has been ‘relief’ organist for Kells, Balmaclellan and Carsphairn churches and undoubtedly their loss is Kirkcudbright’s gain.
 

IVOR WADDELL - OUR NEW SESSION CLERK

I look forward to taking up the position of Session Clerk and being able to serve the congregation in this capacity. Although I know many in the congregation quite well, there will also be some who do not know me so let me give a brief self introduction.

I am not a “native” of Kirkcudbright, but have lived here for 31 years and consider it home. I was born in India where my parents were educational missionaries. We left when I was 2 years old and as a child I lived mostly in the east of Scotland. I went to secondary school and university in Edinburgh where I studied History and completed my teacher training.

I worked briefly as a tax officer at Centre 1, East Kilbride before taking up my first teaching post at Dalry Secondary, teaching History, Latin and German. I moved to Dumfries Academy and while there met my wife, Helen, who was also a teacher, at Dumfries High School. In 1986, I was appointed as Principal Teacher of History and Social Subjects at Kirkcudbright Academy and

I taught there until my retirement in 2011. During the mid 1990s, following an inspection by HMI. I served the school in the capacity of Assistant Head Teacher for 2 years with the responsibility of carrying out recommendations of the inspectorate. Since retiring, I have continued doing supply teaching at Kirkcudbright Academy and Douglas Ewart High School. Hel-en and I have 4 sons – one in London, 2 in Edinburgh and one in Kirkcudbright. My main inter-ests, beyond work, family and church are football (we have season tickets at Easter Road!), curling and golf. While I love the companionship and camaraderie of the EGGS (Elderly Gentlemen Golfers Society) my golf remains infuriatingly inconsistent and my handicap refuses to move in a downward trajectory! I am also a member of the Rotary Club, the Burns Club and Kirkcudbright Parish Players.

Finally, I hope that having served as an elder since 1997 and served in the role of Clerk to the Board and Presbytery Elder, I can put this experience to good use as your Session Clerk. I am honoured to have been asked to take on this role and ask only for your patience while I get to grips with the job.
 

KIRKCUDBRIGHT PARISH PLAYERS

It's that time of year again when many of the autumn and winter activities resume.

Kirkcudbright Parish Players have started rehearsals for this year's pantomime "Puss in Boots" and are looking for new chorus members.

If you enjoy singing, don't just sit in the audience this year, come and join us - it's great fun!  We meet on Tuesdays from 7.00 -9.30pm in the Church Hall. You'll all be very welcome (Sorry, kids! Over 16s only).

 

ANGUS DICK

Angus has been organist at Kirkcudbright Parish Church for 14 years and over those years has brought a very high level of musicianship to the role. His musical ability and sensitivity has enhanced our worship week by week and both he and Alyson have become valued members of the congregation. However when the opportunity opened up for Angus to take up the organist role at Wigtown linked with Kirkcowan, much nearer to home, it was one that he couldn’t ignore. 

We said a rather emotional farewell to them both on Sunday 12th August and wish them God’s richest blessing in their new church home.
 

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