Walking in the footsteps of a Giant - Sir Alexander Fleming - who changed the world of Medicine with his discovery of Penicillin.
We walked past his birthplace in the hills above Darvel today- It was a wee bit damp at times, but we still enjoyed good craic, a welcoming cup of Tea, and really good company, and survived to walk another day!
Our Family Development Worker, Rosie Eggo's last day with us will be Monday, 13th. August. Rosie's contribution to our church and the Dalmilling Community has been enormous. She has forged new contacts with the local Primary School children and the Teaching Staff and has established the '127' After School Club - a great favourite with the kids. She has brought Music, Fun and Laughter to some of the less able members of our local community through her weekly 'Wild Rhythm' sessions - real enjoyment! She has helped and encouraged the Mother and Toddler Group -The Teddy Bear Tots - to grow and flourish and become well established in the Community. Rosie has always kept our Church congregation up to date with what she is doing and making us aware of the work she is doing with our Community.
Although we are sorry to be losing Rosie, she is convinced her career path is leading her to pastures new, and our loss is Barassie Primary's gain as she takes up a new role there, which we are sure, will be a great success. We thank Rosie for all she has done for us and wish her every success for the future.
A collection is being organised to say thank you for all she has achieved for our church. If you would like to contribute, please give any donations ( in an envelope if preferred to either Colin or Pat). it would be helpful if all contributions were collected by SUNDAY 29 July.
Members of Cumbernauld Burns Club held their Summer Outing to Irvine Burns Club on Sunday and were invited to make the short trip up the road to visit Auchincruive Church and take a step back in time - with particular interest in the Robert Burns connection.
Revived with a good supply of Pancakes and Shortbread washed down with mugs of hot Tea and Coffee the Cronies were able to catch up on the Church's history from the small exhibition in the Crypt, before exploring the recently re-decorated interior.
There was plenty to see in the Church Yard including the Campbell Mausoleum and the interesting memorial Gravestones.
Auchincruive Member, John Black was on hand to explain the interior layout and gave the Cronies a real insight into what life was like for children in Burns time with examples of various clay drainpipes - complete with tiny hand and finger tip impressions made by children as young as eight years old who had to work in Pipe-works for pennies a week.
It was soon time to board their coach for the return trip to Irvine, but not before Treasurer Tommy McIlroy made a donation on behalf of the Cronies and duly collected in the original Offering 'Ladle' for Church Funds by President Craig McWilton who thanked us for our hospitality on what was a very enjoyable visit.
There was a double celebration at the Church service in Auchincruive on Sunday when former Session Clerk, Mrs. Pat Smith and Fabric Convener Allan Leydon were presented with Bibles by Interim Moderator Rev. Ken Yorke as a 'Thank You' from the Congregation of St. Quivox Parish Church for their years of dedicated Service to our Church
TESCO Bags of Help Token Scheme
The Sewing Corner has been chosen to go forward to the customer vote in the Tesco Bags of Help token scheme (like the Asda green tokens, but In Tesco’s).
People can vote for us in the big Tesco, by the racecourse and in all the Tesco Express shops in Ayr and Prestwick. The vote will run throughout July and August this year.
The organisation in first place gets £4000, second place £2000, and third place £1000, so we are guaranteed at least the £1000.
This amount of money gives the potential to absolutely transform what The Sewing Corner can do in the community.
Well Done to The Sewing Corner! Let's vote as much as we can for Eileen and her team and give them an even better chance to pass on new and practical sewing skills to the Dalmilling Community and help make a real difference. Don't forget to vote whenever you can, each one does count -Thank you!
Harry Benson: Exhibition of Photographs
Ann and I paid a visit to Pollok House in the South of Glasgow yesterday where the grounds were bathed in wonderful, brilliant sunshine being enjoyed.by Grown-ups and many groups of school - children on a day out.
The real point of our visit was to see an exhibition of world famous Glaswegian Photographer Harry Benson's marvellous thought provoking Photographs displayed in four specially redecorated rooms within Pollok House.
In a career spanning more than 70 years as a News and Portrait Photographer, Harry - a youthful 89 - has been able to capture many great historic moments as they happened in addition to portraits of the ritch and famous, he has the ability to capture the spirit and humour of ordinary Glasgow Folk.
From American Presidents, the Beatles, Dolly Parton, Protest Marches, Demonstrations, the Assassiination of Bobby Kennedy, Polaris Sailors to holidays in Saltcoats and Fans on the Terracing, this is a must see exhibition by a genius with a camera- the one and only Harry Benson.
The Exhibition in Pollok House which is a National Trust property runs until December and really is worth a visit.
The Sun certainly shone on the Righteous for the whole day of our Church Outing to The Trossachs on Saturday - we could not have ordered any better!
There were 17 happy souls, our trusty Driver Ian included, on the Coach which left from Dalmilling Church and included in our number were three special visitors from Long Island in America - Margaret Jackson and Bubby & Cathy Dayio, here on holiday with Margaret's mum Margaret O'Hara. We drove up to Glasgow, through the Clyde Tunnell, via Milngavie on the A81 to Killearn where we stopped at the Oakwood Garden Centre for a look around and an enjoyable Lunch. Suitably refreshed we drove to Loch Katrine Pier via Aberfoyle and the scenic Duke's Pass where we joined a throng of tourists to board the Steamship, the famous S.S. Sir Walter Scott for a most enjoyable Cruise passing through some exceptional scenery in glorious sunshine.
We then set off in our Coach for the short journey along the shores of Loch Venacher to the picturesque town of Callander for a wee bit of shopping and a cup of tea and a scone before setting off for Stirling and joined the Motorway for a speedy return trip, arriving back at Dalmilling at 7pm.Everyone agreed Ian, our driver, had done a great job in taking us there and getting us back home in one piece - and all had enjoyed a great day out to the Trossachs.
Our Spring Concert in Dalmilling Church and featuring the Cantanti Singers, Laurie Gargan on Trumpet with son Lochlan on Guitar, and our very own Jennifer McCutcheon on Violin, attracted a good audience and managed to raise a very useful £715.00 for our Fabric Fund. Thanks are due to our Performers, to the Events Committee for all their hard work behind the scenes, without their help we would not have a Concert, and to all who donated prizes for our Prize Draw. Well done everyone!