Bell fell with large part of Auld Kirk
Last updated at 10:07, Thursday, 20 October 2011
WITH a view of aiding the funds of the Parish Library, the committee of management requested the Rev. James Cochrane, M.A., Minister of Cupar, Fife, temporarily resident in this neighbourhood to give a lecture.THE annual meeting of this club was held in the Crown Hotel, on Tuesday evening, the president, Mr R. M’George, in the chair.AFTER 13 years Langholm people will have an opportunity of seeing the Auld Kirk Bell which has lain in the Town Council store at the top of the Gas Entry ever since it fell along with a large portion of the gable of the Auld Kirk up the Kirk Wynd on the night of 8th February 1948.AN ‘Open Night’ was held at Langholm Fire Station last night and the men had really gone out of their way to emphasise the fire safety theme and to explain and demonstrate the equipment they are unfortunately called on to use too often.
Mr Cochrane at once complied with their request, and on the evening of the 18th ult. delivered a most interesting and able lecture on the “Ancient Religions of England and Scotland” in the Free Church here.
The attendance, considering the season of the year, was numerous and a sum of upwards of six pounds was realized.
At the termination of the lecture an appropriate vote of thanks was moved by Mr Whitlaw, and conveyed to the lecturer by the Rev. A. Milne, who kindly acted as chairman.
Mr Whitlaw then moved a hearty vote of thanks to the chairman for the efficient manner in which he had presided over the meeting, coupling with it an acknowledgement to the number of the Kirk Session for their goodness in granting the use of the Free Church.
ESKDALE CURLING CLUB
The minutes of last meeting having been read and approved , the treasurer, Mr William Hyslop, produced his statement of accounts for the past year which showed a balance in favour of the club of £9 2s 5d.
The present office-bearers were all re-elected.
Mr James Cairns was appointed a skip and Mr Thomas Beattie was appointed ice master for the coming year.
The question of a new tarmac pond was again raised and discussed, when the following committee was appointed to go into the matter, and if possible to see it carried through: – The President, the Secretary, Messrs Arthur Bell, H. Sanders, James Cairns, William Millroy, Thomas Beattie, James A. Scott, John Cairns, Fred Graham, John Fleming and Revs. James Buchanan and D.W. Inglis.
It was resolved to enter all the rinks for the International match.
1948-1961 - AULD KIRK BELL
While we would have liked to have seen it – and heard it – hung in the steeple of the Erskine Church, as was originally intended, the next best thing is to hand it over to the Parish Church and we can take it that it will be displayed in the Parish Church as one of Langholm’s most interesting religious relics.
OPEN NIGHT LACKED SUPPORT
Extensive display boards highlightedparticular aspects of safety: videos showing firemen working in real situations, a caravan operated by the Firemen’s Benevolent fund and displaying for sale an exceptional range of interesting toys, jewellery and other trinkets.
All of this was laid on for the public but the only people missing were ..... yes, you’ve guessed it ...... the public.
Only a comparative few made the effort to turn out and see for themselves just how they could possibly save their own lives and just how local firemen operate in an emergency situation.
Perhaps, on a weekend with the fire engine outside for youngsters to look over, and a few drills by the firemen, there might have been a better response but all credit to the men themselves.
It is easy to see why they are the best men in their division.
First published at 21:36, Wednesday, 19 October 2011
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