Events Organised by the Social and Fundraising Committee and Northesk Guild:
WE'VE ALREADY ENJOYED .....
Bowling Competition - Friday 20th July This took place at Fisherrow Bowling Green, followed by presentation of prizes in Northesk Hall. Well done to the teams - Jim Wood, Douglas Kinghorn and Martin Gray on one team, and Jimmy Wilson, John Newman and John Durham on the other.
Golf Competition - Wednesday 22nd August This took place over 9 holes at the Old Links Course. Congratulations to our winners - father and son James and Martin Duffy.
Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band - Friday 23rd November Concert by the award-winning band.
COMING UP ....
Tea Dance - Saturday 16th March 2019- details to follow
Guild Afternoon Tea - Wednesday 10th April 2019 - details to follow
Car Rally - Wednesday 22nd May 2019 - details to follow
The annual Festival took place from 21st to 28th July with a joyful mix of tradition and colour. This is a special and happy time across our community with family, friends and neighbours coming together to celebrate our town and its heritage. See the Gallery for pictures of Northesk's involvement in the 2017 Festival.
Northesk float won 2nd prize for their float based on the theme of Noah and the Ark.
Parents and Tots - Wednesday mornings at 10 30 am. Pop in for tea and chat, and for kids to play. Grandparents welcome too! Lorraine McBrearty is appealing for helpers to help set up the room, tidy up, prepare tea/coffee.
Northesk Drama and Musicals Club - Sunday evenings at 6 pm, from 24th September - for all ages. Drama, fun and games, singing and preparing for our panto 'The Adventures of Dick Whittington' was performed on 17th and 18th December 2016 to great acclaim, and 'David and Goliath' at a morning service in March 2017. On Sunday 25th June 2017, the club performed the play "A Pig Tale" in the Church Hall. A great evening, enjoyed by both performers and audience. Well done, guys! Contact Lorraine (details below). Two plays were performed for the Easter Day service.
Messy Church - The next Messy Church will be held in October during the school holidays - details in Northesk Life page. The kids will enjoy some worship and songs, followed by crafts and games, and some yummy things to eat. The Messy Church was involved in the preparations for the Northesk float for the Musselburgh Festival. Contact Lorraine (details below).
Any enquiries about these events, including offers to help - especially the Messy Church - contact Lorraine McBrearty on 07846 386027 or e-mail email@example.com
Coffee Mornings and Baking Stall
Coffee Mornings are usually held every Saturday morning in the Church Hall. All are welcome to join us to enjoy a cup of coffee and a biscuit - sometimes bacon rolls are on sale! - and especially to enjoy the company of others. Volunteers are required to enable the coffee mornings to continue on a weekly basis - enquiries to John Wilkinson.
The Baking Stall is usually held on the first Saturday of the month, apart from January, July and August. There are baking stalls at the Autumn Fair and at the Christmas Fair. On sale is a wide range of delicious home-made cakes, scones, fruit loaves, biscuits, tarts, mincemeat pies.
Monies raised go towards Church funds.
Northesk Recipe Book
The Northesk Recipe Book, a collection of favourite recipes contributed by members of the congregation, has now sold out. The great sum of over £500 has been raised for Church funds.
The Guild's new session for 2018/19 began on Wednesday 26th September with a musical afternoon with Jane Halliday. Two weeks later, we celebrated communion and fellowship with members of other guilds and church congregations in Musselburgh.
Our first talk, on 24th October, was about 'The Kalimpong Project' given by Robin Hamilton from Dunbar Rotary Club. This is an ambitious project - a training centre has been established in Kalimpong (near Darjeeling) to train people in various trades and crafts, to enable them to make their own living. The next project is to help women and young girls who have suffered from abuse and abandonment and who require a safe place.
On 7th November, close to Armistice Day, they heard from Alastair Cameron from the Musselburgh and Portobello Quaker Meeting on 'Seeking the Way'- about the Quakers (Friends) - and his thoughts on pacifism.
On 21st November, we heard a talk about the work of the Sailors' Society, one of the Guild's national projects. At Christmas approaches, we had some fun - a 'Messy Guild' (along with parents and tots) on 5th December, and our own Christmas party, held in the church hall on 19th December. The first event of 2019 was a "Treasure Hunt" on Wednesday 16th January, and on 30th January we had: "Rock with Ruby and Rabbie" - seated exercises with some songs and poetry of Robert Burns. Then, coming up: David Hogg, Church of Scotland Reader (13th February); "Up the Creek" with Simon Fairnie (27th February); Project - "Empowering Teenage Mothers in Zambia"(13th March); Floral Art "Step into Spring" (27th March); Afternoon Tea (10th April); AGM (24th April). In early June, we will have our popular summer trip.
Northesk Guild is linked with Wardie Parish Church, Granton, Edinburgh and the two Guilds meet together once or twice a year, with the most recent being a visit by some members of the Wardie Guild to Northesk on 24th October, where they were given a great welcome. We have been friends for 12 years now!
All are very welcome to join the Guild, whether members of Northesk or not, or to come along to any of the meetings. Meetings take place fortnightly, starting at 2 pm.
The newsletter of Northesk Church - "Northesk News" is produced three times a year - Easter, early Autumn and Christmas - and these are given to all members, with copies also available in the Church and in the Musselburgh Library. Articles from members of the congregation are welcome, as are contributions from other people in the community. The next edition will be the Easter newsletter, to be published in late March 2019.
Northesk Scottish Country Dancers
The Northesk Scottish Country Dancers - adults and children - meets each Friday. The adult class meets in the church hall from 11.30 am to 1 pm and the class for children from 3 years upwards meets in the upstairs hall from 2 pm to 4 pm.
No experience is required - just enthusiasm! The classes are lead by Ruby Wilkinson, and enquiries can be made to her on 07504 977264 or firstname.lastname@example.org