Centenary Year 2009

Our celebrations to mark the centenary of the present building came to an end with the Service of Thanksgiving on Sunday 29 November at which the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Right Reverend William Hewitt, was the preacher.
We have had many wonderful events: the Burns Supper in February, the Centenary Ball and Edinburgh to London cycle ride in June, the picnic in Hyde Park in July, the Flower Festival in September, the Calvin Lecture in October, and finally the Christmas Market and Thanksgiving Service in November. And during July and August we lived through the refurbishment of the toilets and the hall floor – a trial at the time, but very much worth it in the end!
None of this would have been possible without a great deal of hard work by many people. So our thanks must go to everyone who contributed in any way to the success of the year: to everyone who gave money to the Appeal; raised money in a variety of different ways; helped to organise the various events; grew flowers, begged or borrowed greenery; created floral displays; helped with stewarding; baked cakes, made jam, served lunches and teas, served at the stalls at the Flower Festival and the Christmas Market; and helped in a myriad of ways, seen and unseen, to make our centenary year a year to remember – a real Crown Court triumph!