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                           Update from Kirk Session

      25th March 2018


I last updated you in November 2017 in relation to the situation concerning our ministerial position. This is another brief update to keep the membership appraised of the work being carried out by your Kirk Session.


We received three notes of interest to our advertisement of our vacancy, of these one resulted in a formal application. This was from Rev. Theo Corney who is currently the minister at Coats Memorial Baptist Church in Paisley. The vacancy committee met with Rev. Corney and an invitation was issued to him to take a service in our Church as a guest preacher. This he did, accompanied by his wife and new born son, on 4th. February 2018. Subsequent to this we arranged for Rev. Corney to attend for an interview with the Vacancy Committee in order that we could exchange views on what we required as a congregation and equally what Rev. Corney’s ambitions were. This interview took place on !9th. February in the Little Chapel.


There was a meeting of Kirk Session after the service on 25th. February when the application from Rev. Corney was discussed. It was felt by your Kirk Session that whilst there was much to commend the application there was not a “fit” between us and consequently it was decided that we would not issue a call to Rev. Corney to become our new minister. I informed Rev. Corney of this decision, by telephone, that evening and a formal letter was subsequently sent by our Secretary Mrs. Jessie Tarbet.


We remain convinced that there is someone who will be suited to become our minister and we will be advertising again in the hope that this person will come forward.

We are greatly appreciative of the patience and forbearance of the congregation and thank you for this.


Lindsay G. Craig




The World Day of Prayer was held on Friday 2nd March and was written this year by the Christian ladies of Suriname and their theme was “All God's creation is very good”.   A very apt subject as our environment is a very much discussed topic at the moment.


Unfortunately “The Beast from the East” caused quite a number of the Services to be cancelled, not just in Dundee but throughout Scotland, however, some of these are hopefully going to be rescheduled so that the hard work put into this material by these ladies does not go unused.  


The City Centre Service went ahead as scheduled in St. Andrew's R.C. Cathedral on the Friday afternoon and we had around 10 people, 4 being gentlemen, attend together with the 10 ladies taking part.   Although we were few in number the Service went well and everyone enjoyed a welcome warm cuppa, goodies and important social time afterwards.


The AGM was held on Friday 9th March and unfortunately as there was only a couple of Services held in the Dundee District we could only send £200 to the National Committee, however, if other Services are held at a later date there collections will be sent direct.   This was the end of my 3 year term in the Chair, however, as the lady who was to replace me has health issues I have agreed to do another year.


Mary Wightman



  1. You don’t stop laughing because you grow old.  You grow old because you stop laughing.
  2. We could learn a lot from crayons:  some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names, and all are different colours.  But they all have to learn to live in the same box.
  3. Don`t cry because it`s over:  smile because it happened.
  4. A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
  5. Happiness sometimes comes through doors you didn`t even know you left open.
  6. Once over the hill, you pick up speed.
  7. We cannot change the direction of the wind but we can adjust our sails.
  8. If ignorance is bliss why aren`t many more people happy?
  9. He who hesitates is probably right.
  10. There`s always a lot to be thankful for if you take time to look for it.  For example I am sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don`t hurt.
  11. The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.
  12.  The purpose of a child`s middle name is so he can tell when he`s really in trouble.
  13. Dogs have owners.   Cats have staff.
  14. If the shoe fits, buy it in every colour.


         (from A Basket of Gems compiled by Mark Stibbe)




Tuesday 6th February 2018 : The Life of J.M. Barrie - Rev Gordon Campbell

Elspeth was our President for today’s meeting and she welcomed everyone. As there was no business to be discussed she introduced our speaker Gordon Campbell. Gordon is no stranger to us and it was a pleasure to have him back again to talk to us about J.M. Barrie.

James Matthew Barrie was born in Kirriemuir on 9th May 1860 and he was the 9th child born to David and Margaret Barrie, moderately successful Scottish Weavers. He was educated locally and moved to Forfar Academy and Glasgow Academy. He left school at the age of 14 and went to work in an office in Dumfries for a short time. But he knew that he wanted to write and enrolled at Edinburgh University and obtained an MA degree graduating in 1882. After a spell as a journalist with The Scotsman he returned to Kirriemuir to concentrate on his writing. He submitted several articles based on his mother’s stories of the town where she grew up and these proved very successful and so his career as an author began. He moved to London where he wrote most of most of his successful novels and plays. He died on 19th June 1937 and is buried in Kirriemuir and as part of his will he gave the copyright of Peter Pan to a Children’s Hospital in London.


Tuesday, 20th February 2018 : Talk and Slide Show on Old Dundee : Ian Cranmer

President : Irene Cox

During our short business meeting our Annual Outing was discussed and suggestions

were asked for. Hopefully there will be quite a few to be discussed at our subsequent meetings.

Ian gave us a very interesting talk and showed slides of old Dundee as it was many years ago and before we were born but we could identify with one or two places; the area of the Green Market which became the Bus Stance in Shore Terrace and now it’s a car park and also East station in East Dock Street where many excited children left for their Sunday School picnics In Broughty Ferry and Monifieth. Another vague memory was the old Overgate and the ‘Buster Stand’. I can just remember having a ‘Buster’ and must have enjoyed it. For those who don’t know what a ‘buster’ is, it is chips and peas with salt and vinegar. Ian ‘s slides dated from the late 1800s up to the 1950s and the start of the Overgate development. Thanks to Ian for keeping such a record of the changes to our city centre.


Tuesday, 6th March 2018 : Shops and Shopping in Dundee - Gillian Malloy

President : Evelyn Cox

Despite the awful weather Evelyn welcomed everyone to the meeting – 10 of us braved the storm to attend. Gillian has been here before giving us a talk on the street names of Dundee and it was a real pleasure to have her back again. She covered most of the stores in the centre of the town. This was another trip down memory lane covering all our big stores in Dundee.

Draffens one of the more expensive stores with their lovely tearoom and on occasions mannequins would walk round showing off the latest styles; Caird’s in Reform Street stocked the more expensive brands and supplied the High School uniforms; Smith Brothers another classic store with a super hat department; G.L. Wilson a family store owned by an ex Provost of Dundee, Sir Garnet Wilson and renowned I believe for their corsets; D.M. Brown’s also had a Tearoom with a string quartet which played from time to time; and Hunters in the Wellgate another family store. We also had DECS (the ‘Sosh’! as it was known locally in Dundee) which sold everything – grocers, butchers, drapers and electrical goods.

More stores not mentioned at the meeting but worth putting in here – A.C Little at the top of Crighton Street, Henderson and McKay in Whitehall Street, Miss Peebles in the Nethergate and not forgetting McGills in Victoria Road. We were very lucky to have all these stores all within easy reach of each other and you were sure to get something you liked in one or the other.


Tuesday 20th March 2018 – GIFT DAY – The Kirk and its Worthies: Rev Strickland

An excellent turnout today – 17. Hopefully we can keep this up.

Rev Strickland referred to his book “The Kirk and its Worthies” by Nicholas Dickson which had been published by K N Foulis of Edinburgh in 1912. He came across this book some years ago while browsing in an old book shop possibly in Edinburgh and it certainly looked very old and well used. He referred to his book a lot giving us an insight into church life as it was many years ago. So different from today. Some of the excerpts were funny and others a bit weird and odd. For instance this tale of a young man`s proposal to his girl friend. He took her for a walk in the cemetery and stopped at a graveside. He told her that this was where his mother and father lay and in time where he would lie, then asked her if she would like to lie beside him? I wonder what her reply was! If anyone is interested to learn more about the Worthies I`m sure the book is still available.




Tuesday, 3rd April 2018 - Northmuir WRI Choir : Pauline Munro

Tuesday, 17th April 2018 - Marguerite and the Drama Club

Saturday, 28th April 2018 - COFFEE MORNING



There has been another suggestion for our outing. A matinee performance at the Rep on THURSDAY 3rd MAY at 2.30p.m. The play `Passing Places` is the story of small-town boys Alex and Brian. Desperate to leave their mundane lives and dead-end jobs in Motherwell behind them, they head out to find excitement and pleasure. This hilarious play will take audiences on a riotous journey through Motherwell to the Highlands. This sounds very possible with High Tea at the Rep or Queen`s Hotel. Will discuss at our next meeting.


Nancy Jack

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