Events Organised by the Social and Fundraising Committee and Northesk Guild:
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.
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Fashion Show - Thursday 27th September - M&Co Tickets (£5) are available from Committee members.
Autumn Fayre - Saturday 29th September - 10 am - all kinds of stalls, raffle and teas/coffees and bacon rolls. Church Hall.
Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band - Friday 23rd November - 7.30 pm Concert by the award-winning band. Tickets £6, available from Guild members. Church.
Organ and Violin Recital - Friday 21st December - Church (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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Fayre 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 2017/18 began on Wednesday 27th September with a service of communion. They heard a talk on Wednesday 25th October, when Iain Whyte spoke about one of the Guild Projects - "Breaking the Cycle of FGM". This was followed on Wednesday 8th November with an illustrated talk on "Monet's Garden at Giverny", and a Bring and Buy sale - proceeds going to church funds and the Guild projects. On 22nd November, the Guild invited groups from the other churches in Musselburgh, Wardie and Whitecraig to join with them in Guild Week to hear Chairmaine McMeekin, daughter of Eric Lomax (The 'Railway Man'), who spoke about her life with this troubled man, her own life, and her journey to fulfilment through her Christian faith and her work in Christian counselling.
Due to bad weather on 15th January, we had to cancel a talk by Robin Hamilton on "The Kalimpong Project" but we hope to invite Robin next year. The same fate occurred with David Hogg's talk on "Life as a Reader", but again we hope to invite David back later. We then heard from Kate Allan who spoke about another of the Guild projects - "Let's Stick Together", Maureen Kelly on "Lotions and Potions - Getting Better 200 Years Ago", and Fiona Waddell who spoke about her "Sewing Inspirations". Our next event is a talk and presentation of "Floral Art on an Easter theme" from Guild favourite Rhona Currie.
The Guild's main fund-raising event was the Afternoon Tea on Wednesday 11th April. Tea and coffee were served along with sandwiches, scones, cakes and traybakes. Entertainment, a raffle and sales table - a great afternoon out. Over £500 was raised for Church and Guild funds.
The Guild finished the session with their summer outing to West Lothian on Wednesday 6th June. On a beautiful sunny day, they enjoyed a stop for ice cream at South Queensferry, visited the ancient church at Abercorn, toured the countryside at Beecraigs and the Bathgate Hills, and visited the Korean War Memorial above Torphichen. They then enjoyed a lovely meal in Linlithgow.
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 Guild to Wardie, where they were give a great welcome.
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 2018/19 session will commence on Wednesday 26th September.
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 Christmas edition of 'Northesk News' is now available in the Church or in Musselburgh Library. The next edition will be the Christmas newsletter, to be published in late November 2018.
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 email@example.com