Two guilds become one
After having held several joint meetings over the last two years, the decision was made in May that the way forward was to unite the guilds of Balmaclellan and Kells and Dalry into the new Glenkens Churches Guild.
The new guild will meet in New Galloway and Dalry alternately over the session.
Two fundraising events have already been held: a stall at the Alternative Games at New Galloway, in August, and a soup and sweet lunch at Dalry earlier this month.
The first meeting of the new session was held in New Galloway Town Hall on Wednesday, October 11.
Mrs Joan Walker welcomed members, led the devotions and welcomed the speaker, Mrs Helen Crawford. Mrs Crawford, who had served on the Kirkcudbright Presbytery Guild Council for many years, presented her talk on the “Flowers and Fruits of the Bible”.
She described her long interest in the subject and involved all those present in reading out bible verses including the names of flowers or fruits.
As these were listed, Mrs Crawford brought out all those mentioned: herbs, grasses, thistles, lilies, apples, figs, grapes, almond blossom, wheat, barley, nettles, bulrushes, thorns, watermelon, mustard seed, honey, olives and put together a stunning display of plants which are mentioned in the Bible but which people still have today.
Mrs Betty Peacock thanked Mrs Crawford for her most interesting talk and the visual presentation of the flowers and fruits of the Bible.
There was discussion on the Stewartry Guilds’ Autumn Fellowship, held at Dalry Church on Sunday October 29.
The service marked the 130th anniversary of the guild.
The November Guild meeting will be held at Dalry Church Session House on Wednesday, November 8, at 2pm, when the speaker will be Mr Iain Whyte, pictured below, general secretary of the guild, from 121 George Street, Edinburgh.
It is hoped that a good number of members and visitors will take this opportunity to hear Mr Whyte speak on guild matters.