Kirk covenant 375th anniversary

Standing Left to right'Rev Ian McIlroy, Helen Eyre, Rev Joe Crawford, Rev Mike Sheppard,  Rev Mike Binks'Seated left to right 'Rev Mary Munro, Rev Dr. Melvyn Griffiths, Betty Beck.
Standing Left to right'Rev Ian McIlroy, Helen Eyre, Rev Joe Crawford, Rev Mike Sheppard, Rev Mike Binks'Seated left to right 'Rev Mary Munro, Rev Dr. Melvyn Griffiths, Betty Beck.

The former Kirkmaiden Parish church, built in 1638 has just celebrated its 375th anniversary and to mark this occasion a series of events were held at the Old Kirk in the hamlet of Kirkmaiden, overlooking the village of Drummore.

The anniversary celebrations too place over a three-day period, starting with a flower festival. The numerous flower arrangements were staged to highlight many of the features of the Kirk Covenant by a team of flower arrangers, namely Liz Halford, Chris Henthorne, Janet Modrate, Carol Rennison, Betty Irving and Jennifer Wright.

A talk by Professor Tom McGuffog MBE entitled Kirk Covenant 1638-2013 took place on the Saturday night. This was an opportunity to hear the fascinating history of the area, starting with St Ninian and his links to Wigtownshire.

The celebrations came to an end with a ‘Songs of Praise’ on the Sunday evening, held in the Old Kirk. The psalms sung by the congregation and Kirkmaiden Church Choir, were the same sung at previous celebrations held over the years. The current Kirkmaiden Parish minister the Rev Dr Mel Griffiths led the service, assisted by Helen Eyre (daughter of the Rev Andrews previous minister of the parish), the Rev Mike Sheppard, the Rev Mike Binks and the Rev Ian McIlroy. The music was provided by organist and choir leader Betty Beck.