2012 marked the 75th birthday of Carrick Knowe Church, and we did not miss the opportunity to celebrate our past and look forward to the future.Our anniversary was launched at a special service on November 27th 2011 led by Rev David Arnott, Moderator of the General Assembly. We were delighted to welcome David and his wife Rosemary along with guests including Colin Keir MSP and local councillors Paul Edie and Phil Wheeler. During the service, David presented a book to our senior elder Ian McIntosh, to mark 50 years of eldership in Carrick Knowe. It was also great to welcome back Robin Chalmers and his wife Diana. Robin's father Donald Chalmers was our first minister (1937-71) and as a teenager Robin made a cine film of the building of the church, which is now held in the Scottish Screen Archive. You can see an extract of this fascinating film here, and more photographs of the service here.
News of our 75th birthday made it to Buckingham Palace, where the Queen found time in her own busy Diamond Jubilee year to recognise our anniversary in this letter of congratulations.
Also as part of our 75th anniversary celebrations, we hosted top Scottish tenor Martin Aelred on his 'One World' tour in May 2012. The concert was a great showcase for Martin's talent as a classical singer and guitarist, and raised £400 for the charity Mary's Meals.
In November 2012 we staged an exhibition of photographs and memorabilia from the history of Carrick Knowe, and our anniversary year was completed in December when we were privileged to host an Advent "Big Sing" led by Rev John Bell