LAST Tuesday was an important day in the life of the congregation of Carnoustie Panbride Church, when the Moderator of the General Assembly, The Rt Rev. David Arnott opened the new kitchen facility at the Panbride hall.
This was not his first visit to Carnoustie Panbride as he had ‘preached in’ the minister, the Rev. Matthew Bicket, who had been his assistant in Netherlee Parish Church, in Glasgow, prior to his ordination as minister of Carnoustie Panbride in 1989. The Moderator had also spoken at a Kirk Session meal a few years ago.
Mr Arnott, accompanied by his wife, Rosemary, the Moderator of the Presbytery of Angus Ian Gray and his wife, other invited guests, and a large number of members and friends of the congregation, were welcomed by the playing of seven members of the Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band, newly returned from successfully defending their British Champions title in Manchester.
Among the guests at the event were representatives of the mostly local firms who had designed and built the new kitchen in just 11 weeks.
After opening remarks by Mr Bicket in which he thanked all those who had been involved in the project, the congregation and friends who had supported financially and the Church of Scotland, Angus Council Community Grant Scheme, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Aberbrothock Skea Trust for their generous support, the Moderator was presented with gifts.
They comprised recipe books published by the congregation and Youth Group, a Panbride apron and a book of sermons by the second minister of the congregation in 1844, the Rev. Hugh Martin.
Mr Arnott responded and presented a hand made plate with the Moderator’s crest, before a prayer of dedication, after which he, his wife and Mr Bicket moved from the hall into the new kitchen and the Moderator declared it open by pressing the button to raise the serving hatch.
After an encore by the band, all those present enjoyed a wonderful finger buffet prepared by Ted and Lynn Evans of ‘Catering for You’ and everyone took the opportunity to view the new facilities.
Mr Bicket stated: “This new kitchen should make a big difference to the events held by the congregation and its organisations as well as the many other organisations who use the hall on a weekly basis.”