I would like to give up editing the Newsletter with my last issue being September if possible, although I will happily help anyone taking it on for the first couple of issues. Since we gave up the shop we no longer have regular internet access and that is essential. Currently the set up is in Microsoft Publisher and I am very happy to train anyone who has not used this before. If you would like more information, please talk to Kim at Church.


I would like to take this opportunity of thanking everyone who helped with the food for the Jazz Festival. Those who donated, baked, served, washed, made soup, served teas and coffees and helped set up and clear away. We worked in teams over Friday afternoon and all Saturday and Sunday. A particular big thank you to Charlie Bennett who managed to get a plumber to come at 10.00am on Sunday morning to reinstate the water supply to the Ladies and Gents toilets and the kitchen.

We managed to bank over £700 which was a good result for all the hard work. You know who you are and how you helped to make the weekend a success, and I hope you all know how as a Leader I appreciate your time given and work done.

Addie Clarkson


In October the World Church Team will be celebrating 10 years of Coffee mornings. In order to keep them running however, we could do with extra help. In particular someone to help set up the tables and chairs, shortly before 9am would be very valuable. Also offers of baking and help to prepare and serve, on a regular or occasional basis when we know we will be short handed, would be appreciated. Also if you have anything for the bring and buy stall at any time we would welcome it, so that we have a change of items to offer each month. Phone 331727 or speak to a helper at the next coffee morning, 7th July.

There is no coffee in August and the September one is on the 8th. After that they are on the 1st Saturday of October through to November.


The decision taken by the congregation in March was to develop the church ourselves without St Cuthberts Trust involvement. This decision means that the work of producing proposals for the building, getting costings and then raising the funds required, is firmly in our own hands.  In order to progress that a Buildings Group has been formed and has met a couple of times to begin to
tackle the task. The Buildings Group Members are:

Neil Cavers, Dave Crudgington, Graham Finch, Sandy Henry, Kathreen Hope Dunbar, Susan Hutton, Alex Kinnell, Patrick Jones and John Collard.

We have met with a minister who is also an architect and led a number of building related projects, Russell McLarty. Russell was most enthusiastic about the church building and the potential of developing it. He has assisted us in thinking about the idea of an Options Study. This would involve employing an Architect and perhaps other consultants to draw up plans based on a brief given by the Buildings Group. Currently the Buildings Group is continuing to work on what that brief might be. Please feel free to speak to any member of the Buildings Group if you have questions or ideas to share.

John Collard


The final totals for Christian Aid week are now in and I have to thank all of you who participated in any way. Not every district was covered in the House to House collection but we still raised £2,832.49. Mary Newton’s Tea was a further success, raising £375.14. Hopefully, she will do it again next year.  The sponsored Half Marathon raised £986.00.  Thanks to Doreen Blackadder of Greyfriars and to Alex Kinnell.  This gives us a grand total of £4,204.63. Well done everyone!

Christian Aid week has again raised a large amount of money for those in need and has provided an excellent opportunity for the churches in Kirkcudbright to work together.

Linda Kinnell