Two guilds be­come one

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS -

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.

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