From Our Files

50 years ago – March 3, 1962

IT was reported to the members of the Presbytery of Wigtown at their meeting held in Wigtown on Tuesday that negotiations in connection with the proposal to link the congregations of Monigaff and Bargrennan had broken down and that by twenty votes to four the congregation of Bargrennan had turned down the basis of linkage that had been drawn up while the Monigaff congregation had voted for it unanimously. When it came before the Monigaff congregation they had accepted it, but when the Bargrennan congregation had then rejected it, the Prebytery were very disappointed and very surprised. The Presbytery would now have to decide whether to “express its mind” on the matter and go ahead approve the article of linkage.

A high honour has been conferred on a former Newton Stewart member, now a Lieutenant in the 1st Newton Stewart Girl Guide Company, Miss Hazel Gordon, who has been chosen as one of three Scottish representatives to go to the International Guide Camp in Norway this summer. Miss Gordon, who is a Queen’s Guide, is also a member of the Machars Ranger-Cadet Company.

AT Wigtown Sheriff Court on Tuesday a woman from the Isle of Whithorn was charged with stealing leeks from the garden of a property in the village on 16th December. Trial was fixed for 22nd May.

FISHING on the River Cree opened on Thursday. In the forenoon the first salmon of the season was caught by Mr Tom Cameron, Victoria Street, Newton Stewart. A nice fresh run fish it weighed eight pounds.

25 years ago – March 7, 1987

IT was back to square one last night when the Presbytery of Wigtown and Stranraer again considered the future of Bargrennan linked with Monigaff. The convener of the Presbytery’s Special Committee on Unions and Readjustments, the Rev. Campbell Cowie, reported that the general Assembly’s Union and Readjustments Committee had refused top accept the recommendation of the Presbytery that Bargrennan and Monigaff should be allowed to call a minister on the understanding that the person appointed would agree to take over the ministry of Kirkmabreck when the occasion arose. Instead, the Edinburgh Committee had proposed that the parishes of Bargrennan and Monigaff should call a minister not under the age of 55. The Rev. Cowie said that his committee had given careful consideration to this proposal but felt they should be able to call a minister without restriction. This proposal has now gone to the Edinburgh Committee and the Presbytery are awaiting a reply.

IF there were a few sore heads amongst members of Wigtownshire Rugby Club on Sunday, then it was with good reason. For without scoring a single try in their match against Lenzie on Saturday, Wigtownshire Rugby Club gained promotion into Division Four of the McEwan’s National League. The important thing was that Lenzie also failed to score, and the result, a no-scoring draw, was enough to give ‘Shire that vital point to clinch promotion for the third successive year. If they beat Hillfoot a week on Saturday they will be promoted as champions which would put the icing on the cake.