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Photographs by Tony Kerrigan

Maybole Old Church and the West Church, both Church of Scotland churches, have joined together in a new church to be named Maybole Parish Church. The two Church of Scotland buildings have been sold. The united congregation will be worshipping in the Baptist Church, on Carrick Street with worship commencing at 10am. For the latest news regarding the building project please go to www.mayboleparishchurch.org.uk  See also article and photos from the Groundbreaking for Carrick Centre. See also The Carrick Centre

West Church, closed after more than 160 years, has been sold to help finance a new community church in the town.  The pipe organ, pews and other items have also been sold as shown in the photos here. Pictured at right are Rev Dave Whiteman, Hugh Paterson and Bobby Paul with the last pew of the West Church sold. In the first photo below is Rev Dave Whiteman with one of the pipes from the organ sold to L. Sikkema from Holland who came to collect them.

Rev Dave Whiteman, Hugh Paterson and Bobby Paul with the last pew sold

MAYBOLE West Church members held a special evening to say farewell to minister the Rev Tom Bogle and his wife Pat. Health problems have seen Borders man Mr Bogle retire around 16 months earlier than he anticipated. But both he and Pat have become well respected in the area, in just six-and-a-half years in Maybole. Session clerk William Fielding told Mr Bogle: “You can look back on your time here with a great measure of satisfaction. “You have seen major work such as redecoration and rewiring completed in the church, and you have been a popular minister and man.” Maybole-born Mr Fielding said the minister made a point of getting to know people, and could claim to know people in the town that he didn’t! “We wish you all the best and God’s blessing in your retirement,” said Mr Fielding before presenting Mr Bogle with a cheque from the congregation. As senior lady member of the Kirk Session, Mrs Jean Boyd then presented another cheque to Mrs Bogle. Mrs Boyd expressed appreciation for all Mrs Bogle had done, adding: “For all the planning and organisation you have put in to this ministry on our behalf — but most of all just simply for being you.” In reply, Mr Bogle said: “Thank you very much for your kindness over the years and especially with these gifts. Since the day we first came here, there has been nothing but great kindness shown to me and mine“. Fred Westcott also presented the couple with two of his superb photographs, beautifully mounted and framed. (From the Ayrshire Post March 21, 2003 )

Photo by Brian Wotherspoon

The Ministers of West Church

Testimonial letter written by Rev.
John Thomson for Mr James Reid.

West Church History  Photographs and text from the books of Rev. R. Lawson and James T. Gray.

Rev. Tom Bogle

This photo of the Glen Kirk Choir was taken in the Town Hall where they were putting on a concert in the early to mid 50's. Photo and names below contributed by Margaret Hutchison. more


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