Twyn­holm marks 200th an­niver­sary

Mile­stone year for build­ing

The Galloway News - - CHURCH CELEBRATIO­N - Stu­art Gille­spie

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

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