Twynholm marks 200th anniversary
Milestone year for building
Special events were held in Twynholm over the weekend to mark 200 years of the current church building in the village.
The church was opened to the public on Saturday with a songs of praise service on Sunday.
Saturday’s event featured a timeline showing the history of the church from its completion in 1818 to the present day. There were also old photographs and pictures as well as wedding dresses and christening gowns.
The window ledges were decorated with floral installations, each of which had the theme of a line from a hymn.
Sunday afternoon’s special service was attended by Rev Bruce Ritchie, who was the minister in Twynholm from 1977 to 1987.
Also there was former organist John Duncan and his daughter Kirsty, who is a professional singer. They both performed for the congregation.
Joining them at the event were Rev Dr David Bartholomew, business convener of the Presbytery of Dumfries and Kirkcudbright, and relatives of former ministers Rev John Good and Rev James Gordon.
There was also a presentation to John Carson to mark 50 years since he became an elder at the church. He was given the honour of cutting the special 200th anniversary celebration cake in the village hall.
The committee to organise the events was led by Ivy Stanley with the majority of the congregation helping out in some way.
Reading material Rosemary Gibson and Helen Carnochan
Wedding dresses on show Helen McQueen and Kenneth Michie at one of the displays
Memories A wedding photo which was on show
Church display Rosie Gillespie at the celebration