News and Events


Long Service certificates

At the Communion Service on Sunday, 6 October certificates for 30 years’ service as elders were presented to:

  • Hazel Lyall
  • Janette Chisholm
  • Irene Johnston
  • Eileen MacLeod
Many thanks and congratulations to all of them for their dedicated service to the congregation of our Church.

The Guild

Guild started on Sunday, 29 September with our Dedication Service at the 10am service. Catherine Grieve gave the reading and Irene Rae led members in the prayer of dedication.

Our first meeting took place on Tuesday,1 October when we welcomed June Johnston to talk about the Guild theme of “Companions on the Road”. June reminded us that there are many examples in the Bible of “companions” not least the fact that Jesus sent his disciples out in twos to spread the Gospel. In a different way, Guild acts as a companion to many, many people at home and abroad by their continued support of projects for people living in difficult circumstances. But they also support home-grown projects such as the Boys’ Brigade and our own CrossReach. Her talk urged us to continue to walk the same path with Jesus by our side.

On 15 October we welcomed Pauline Robertson from the Sailor’s Society to our meeting. Pauline is Chaplain to the port of Leith but in fact she covers the entire Forth estuary offering practical, spiritual, social and emotional support to seafarers who arrive in the Forth. Most of these seafarers are very far from home and family whilst on these vessels and, with the average contract being 9 months, miss a great deal of momentous events in their families, both happy and sad. Pauline offers a sympathetic, listening ear whilst at the same time providing practical support by ensuring these men can contact their loved ones and taking them on shopping trips for warm clothes and crisps which are apparently a big favourite. Pauline was a hugely enthusiastic speaker who obviously enjoys the challenges of her job and she asks for our prayers for the seafarers she helps.

Our Open Meeting will take place on 12 November when we will welcome Phil Dodsworth and Ron Spalding from Blood Bikes, a charity whose volunteers deliver vital supplies to NHS facilities by motorbike. We hope to have a big turnout from local Guilds to hear about this charity.

For our final meeting in November we look forward to welcoming Dorothy Jack to lead a workshop on Christmas Floral Art. As it’s nearing Christmas, we will end the meeting by serving mulled wine and mince pies. Members who don’t wish to participate in the craft are encouraged to come along and spectate!

Totals for projects up to end of September 2019

Crossreach – Join the Dots£47,217.71
Sailors’ Society – A chaplain for every port£32,399.78
The Boys’ Brigade – Faith in Young People£56,317.98
Journeying Together – Empowering Teenage Mothers in Zambia£30,504.83
Malawi Fruits – Growing the Future £34,239.37
The Free to Live Trust – Seema’s Project, India £43,036.98

All welcome at any Guild meeting.

Update on Fund Raising

As most of you will be aware a Fund Raising Group was established earlier this year as our budget projections suggested that our income would fall below what was required to cover church outgoings. This group, has been working hard since February, and, we can now give you some idea of the results of our efforts to date:

Smartie Tubes (to date) £1230
Fashion Show £ 915
Concert £1030
Spring Fair £1452
Cake Stall £ 956
Sale of Paintings (donated by Dorothy Carmichael) £ 50
Total £5633

This has been a great effort with lots of laughs and entertainment along the way. Thanks must go to you and our extended Church family for supporting our efforts at the various events.

What lies ahead …………

Our next event will be a Quiz Night with Cheese & Wine (BYOB) on Saturday 5th October (see enclosed entry form for further details).

This year’s Christmas Fair will take place on Saturday 30th November. We are looking to make some changes to our usual format, more details to follow.

If you have any fund raising ideas or suggestions on how to improve our Christmas Fair please feel free to speak to a member of the Fund Raising Group. We would be delighted to hear your ideas.

Thank you again for your support.

Bob Fairlie

Fund Raising Group
Isobel Burton; Bob & Betty Fairlie; Susan Hood; Christine Sinclair; Diane Steel; May Wilkins; Ross Whailin

Hillwakers and Ramblers

The following ramble takes place on Saturday, 28 September 2019

Ramble: Kelso to Roxburgh circular - 6 m – depart 8.30 am

Indoor Bowling

Indoor Bowling restarts of Friday, 20 September at 1.30 pm in the Loudon Hall. This group attracts over 20 members each week for a very sociable afternoon’s activity, tea and chat.

From 22 November through to mid-March we require the assistance of one or two strong males to help set out the carpets from 12.30 and put them away again at 3.30. It takes around 20 minutes each time. Ideally this would be done on a rota basis, co-ordinated by Liz Waddell who would telephone volunteers when required. If you could assist, please contact either Eric Lamb or Liz Waddell who will advise on what is required regarding the setting up. You would also be most welcome to stay and try your hand on the indoor greens. No experience necessary.

Louden Hall Tea Dancing Group

The Monday Sequence Dancing Group restarted on Monday, 19 August after a break sine Monday, 24 June when we took a trip to Jedburgh with a busload of 54 dancers and visitors.

After a drop off to the Borders Warehouse, we came back to the Carfraemill Hotel where dancing took place from 2.00 till 4.30. Thereafter we partook of high tea in the hotel and then a return journey to Bonnyrigg about 7.00 pm. A good time was had by all.

Laura and Ian Buchanan

February 2019

Tuesday 19th February – Threads of Hope (a project supported by Edinburgh Direct Aid)

Jeanne Bell, co-founder of Edinburgh Direct Aid (EDA) came along to tell us of their latest venture assisting Syrian refugees in the Lebanese town of Arsal. Since its inception in 1993 when it began convoys to Bosnia during the war there, EDA has continued to offer practical support in all sorts of humanitarian situations.

Currently EDA are working with Syrian refugees who have had to flee their country as a result of the ongoing war. Since 2013, 70,000 refugees have been surviving freezing winters and scorching summers in tents and shacks in and around the remote border town.

The refugees have built a community centre and school and many of the women meet together to engage in handcrafts. Many are skilled knitters and use wool donated in Scotland to make family clothes and crafts to sell. Smaller items are brought back by EDA volunteers to sell in the UK. The therapeutic value of knitting is well attested.

Prior to this meeting, the congregation had collected a great deal of goods including warm clothing, toiletries, all sorts of haberdashery items and stationery for schoolchildren. Jeanne was very grateful for these donations which have subsequently been delivered to the EDA depot.

A very big thank you to everyone who contributed.

Tuesday 5th February – Guild Project: Journeying Together – Empowering Teenage Mothers in Zambia

We welcomed Jennie Chinembriri from the Guild project “Journeying Together” which has the aim of empowering teenage mothers in Zambia. The project aims to help reduce the number of teenage pregnancies in Zambia by enabling young women (particularly teenagers) to gain more skills so that they can avoid unwanted pregnancy. The project offers young women classes in nutrition, sexual and reproductive health, drug and alcohol abuse awareness as well as formal education. The young women are encouraged to gain a greater sense of self-worth so that they can go on to achieve their full potential.

January 2019

Tuesday 22nd January – Quiz Night

Every table in the Pitcairn Centre was full for our quiz night as we tested our general knowledge and a picture quiz. In a new departure this year, we also had a music round which caused much hilarity. The reward for such “brain stress” was fish and chips and a good blether, not to mention the usual valuable prizes!

Tuesday 8th January - Women Pilots of World War II

Our first meeting of the New Year saw Roy Johnstone come along to tell us about the brave women who delivered planes to air fields up and down the country during World War II. We were all enthralled by Roy’s stories of these ladies who came from diverse backgrounds and from countries around the world. These courageous women undertook this dangerous job in time of war, flying everything from single engine training planes to 4-engined bombers like the Lancaster. Roy’s breadth of knowledge and his obvious enthusiasm about the subject was evident to all.

December 2018

Indoor Bowling Club

24 members attended the end of year Christmas Party with a variety of different games played on the bowling carpets which created much hilarity and fun. Hot mulled wine, mince pies and shortbread were served in the Pitcairn Centre afterwards followed by the prize giving. Santa joined us to deliver a few presents to those who helped set up and put away the equipment during the session, which was much appreciated. Eric Lamb thanked the members their kind gifts.

Special Collections

Special Collections: at the three special services over the Christmas period we have a retiring offering, which is donated to local charities in order to facilitate the work of these organisations.

This year a total of £595 was raised and distribution to Fresh Start (Edinburgh) Ltd, who provide assistance to people who have moved into new tenancies after being homeless. They also provide starter packs including cookers, pots & pans etc, as well as help with decorating and cooking classes and much more.

Monday 24th December @ 6:30pm

Early Watchnight family service .

Monday 24th December @ 11:00pm

Carol singing & Late watchnight service with the Bonnyrigg & Lasswade Brass Band.

Sunday 16th December @ 11:00am

we enjoyed the children leading the service by presenting their take on the nativity story and hymns and carols.

Sunday 16th December @ 6:30pm

one of the highlights of the season is our Candlelight service with readings and carols, all under candlelight (saves on electricity). A very peaceful and calming service, away from the hustle and rush of Christmas preparations.

November 2018

Annual Christma Fair Saturday 24th November

Our Annual Christmas Fair was held from 10:00am – 13:00pm. Many thanks to all who supported us on the day, with £3,242 being raised a slight increase on the previous year.

Fairwell to Our Minister, Rev John Mitchell and his family Sunday 18th November

We said farewell to our Minister, Rev John Mitchell and his family, as he retired from Parish Ministry after 27 years’ service. He was presented with a number of Gifts and a cheque by the congregation to recognition and appreciation of his time with us.

Mark the retirement of our Minister from active Parish Ministry Saturday 3rd November

The Church family came together, in the Masonic Halls, to host a social to mark the retirement of our Minster from active Parish Ministry. The music was supplied by his son-in-law and there was a cake to mark the occasion. The evening was enjoyed by all who attended.


Mens Fellowship Christmas lunch - Tuesday 10th December

Men’s Fellowship Christmas lunch takes place in Newbattle Golf Club. List & menu in display area for names. Transport can be arranged.

Christmas Fair – Saturday, 30 November

This year’s Christmas Fair will take place on Saturday, 30 November from 10 am – 1 pm in our Church and halls.

There will be the usual variety of stalls including cake & candy, books, toys and bric-a-brac along with the addition of a chocolate tombola, Christmas gifts and chocolate fountain. Teas and coffees will be served in the Pitcairn Centre.

Included in your magazine is a carrier bag in which you can place any donations. Your elder will collect donations from you anytime up to a week before the Fair dependent on the time they have available. If your goods are not picked up, please contact Bob Fairlie on 663 1039 or Ross Whailin on 07932 000440 and they will make alternative arrangements.

If you have any large items to be collected please contact Alan MacDonald on 663 3974 to arrange uplift.

Please come along on the day and help make our Christmas Fair a huge success. Your support is very much appreciated.

Your help is needed!

If you can help in any way with our Christmas Fair please contact

Bob Fairlie 0131 663 1039
Ross Whailin 07932 000440

who will be more than happy to assign you to a stall. In addition to Saturday, assistance would be appreciated on Friday afternoon/evening to set up the Church and halls.

Donations of mince pies and shortbread for teas, chocolate items for a tombola and small Christmas gifts can now be left in the display area of the Church or in the Pitcairn Centre.

Bonnyrigg Worship Night, 23rd November

We’re excited to have an opportunity for Christians from around Bonnyrigg to get together and lift Jesus’ name high.

It’s going to be informal. Refreshments will be served in the middle and you’re welcome to come late or leave early.

All welcome! Families and individuals, young people and older people, any church and no church.

A list of songs will be posted in due course.

Please help us spread the word, share and invite friends who may be interested.

For more info contact

Ali Wilson 07846581088

and look on Facebook for the event “Bonnyrigg Worship Night”.

Bonnyrigg and Lasswade Local History Society - Wednesday, 20 November at 7.30 pm

The next meeting of the society takes place on Wednesday, 20 November at 7.30 pm in the Pitcairn Centre. We welcome Jim Renwick to talk about Rosewell Memorial Hall and a village at war 1914 – 1918. Everyone is welcome to any of the society’s meetings.

Hillwalkers and Ramblers

Future dates

16 November 2019

16 November Ramble – St Baldred’s Cradle & Ravensheugh Sands - 4 miles
Meet at King George V Park at 8.30 am

23 November 2019

23 November Hillwalk – Innerdownie Ridge, Ochils – 8 miles
Meet at King George V Park at 7.30 am

Remember all are welcome to join us on any of our walks. Pick up a leaflet of all walks in church or in the Centre. Come and join us! Each walk is different but you will experience lots of laughter and chat.

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Men’s Fellowship Monday, 11th November at 7.45 pm.

Our next meeting takes place on Monday, 11 November at 7.45 pm in the Pitcairn Centre. T he speaker will be Neil Stewart of the Bonnyrigg and Lasswade History Society on the “Origins of Bonnyrigg Street Names”.

We meet on the second Monday of each month in the Pitcairn Centre at 7.45 pm. Details of our programme for the coming months will be printed in the magazine and in the church intimations.

Men’s Fellowship Monday, 14 October at 7.30 pm.

First meeting takes place on Monday, 14 October at 7.30 pm. Guest speaker is Alastair Knowles, 1995 Champion of the Musselburgh Riding of the Marches and current Chairman of the Riding of the Marches Committee. Alastair will speak on the Honest Toun and the Riding of the Marches which takes place every 21 years as part of the Honest Toun Festival which started in 1936. All are welcome.

Due to family commitments in Australia by the current president and similar commitments by the Treasurer, from October we are looking for volunteers to take over the running of the Men’s Fellowship for the remainder of the session. Please contact Eric Lamb or Bob Fairlie if you feel you could help in this regard.

Quiz night with cheese and wine Saturday, 5th October @ 7.00pm

Why not enter a Team and exercise those brain cells

Tickets available from:
Diane Steel 07711 133258
Ross Whailin 07932 000440
Bob & Betty Fairlie 0131 663 1039

Adults: £6/ Under 18: £3


A huge thank you to everyone who came along and made our Quiz Night such a success. On the evening we had 14 teams with 73 competitors ably led by our quizmaster, Bob Fairlie.

The winning team on the evening was “Bright Lights!” – Moira Gray, Catherine Grieve, May Wilkins, Evelyn Durham, Anne Gray and Irene Johnston, representing the Guild. In true Guild spirit they shared the winning tub of Celebrations at their recent meeting. Well done ladies!

A great selection of cheeses was available to fuel the brain cells!

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this successful evening which raised £500 for Church funds.

26th Annual Flowershow, Saturday, 24th August between 1pm and 3.30pm

Teas, Coffees
Plant and Veg sales

Admission - £1 inclusive of tea and biscuits
Children ( with Addult ) - Free

We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day for the Bonnyrigg Parish Church 26th Annual Flower Show that took place on Saturday 24th August in the Church Halls. A superb variety of exhibits were displayed in readiness for the judging from 10am and the doors opened to the public from 1pm.

On entering the hall, you were aware of a delicate floral fragrance coming for the array of cut flowers including dahlias, gladiola, roses and sweet peas.

To the left, a table filled with tiny, beautifully knitted items to be donated to Simpsons Hospital Premature Baby Unit were displayed.

Wandering past the children’s entries which included pictures, handmade sweets and a pineapple fun figure on to the home baking exhibits. Here a mouth-watering smell filled the air from scones of plain and fruit, apple pies, pancakes, meringues, tray bakes, gingerbread and tea loaf to mention but a few of the edible delicacies. Traditional jams and marmalades completed this class.

Moving further into the hall the talents of the community were on show. The quality of paintings, handicrafts such as homemade cards, photography and soft toys were yet again of a high standard and provided not a little inspiration to give it a go next year.

One of the Flower Shows staples, the vegetables, did not disappoint. Carefully nurtured sets of onions, pea pods, courgettes and potatoes were on view.

The decorative floral art class filled the stage. Autumn Glory floral art exhibits featuring fresh flowers and greenery with reds, yellows and oranges reflected the colours of the months to come. The miniature arrangements in a teacup, one of my favourite classes, provided perfection in miniature.

Entry to this community event included a cuppa and biscuits. The coffee shop was filled with chatter and laughter as attendees took time out to catch up with friends old and new.

This event did not only showcase the quality and range of talent within the community but inspired others to take part next year.

Spring Fair - Coffee Morning @ 22nd June 2019

The church held its Spring Fair/Coffee Morning on Saturday 22nd June and we were blessed with lovely weather which helped to draw in the crowds. The fair opened to the strain of the pipes as Struan, one of our younger members, played a variety of tunes to attract passers-by.

The fair offered a variety of stalls including books, bric-a-brac, nearly new, home baking and tombola. Some of the stalls were outside the halls and under canvas; others were in the Pitcairn Centre. Tea, coffee, biscuits and bacon rolls were served in the Louden Hall while music was being played on the stage.

The fair was a huge success and was enjoyed by the public and by all the church members helping out. In fact there were many laughs during the day as friends met and chatted and prices were haggled over. One of the pleasant surprises on the day was the visit of a large family group from California. Their car had broken down in Bonnyrigg while touring Scotland and they visited the fair to pass the time while they waited on the repair being completed. They really enjoyed themselves and were hugely impressed by the friendship and hospitality shown by all they met. So I think our church name may be spoken about with warmth in the USA!

In the end after a lot of hard work by a great number of volunteers in setting up, serving and clearing up we raised the amazing sum of £1450 for church funds.


Guild Floral Tea – Tuesday 19th March @ 7.30 pm

Tickets (price £5) are available for the Guild Floral Tea on Tuesday 19th March at 7.30 pm in the Church Halls. Musical entertainment will be provided by Rose McBeth. This is always a well attended evening so don’t miss out. All proceeds from the evening will go to the Guild projects.

For further information contact Moira Gray on

0131 654 0140

Bonnyrigg & Lasswade Local History Society Wednesday 20th March @ 7.30 pm

The next meeting of the society takes place on Wednesday 20th March at 7.30 pm in the Church. This is an opportunity to see and hear about the winning entry for the 2018/2019 Dr Mary Noble Memorial Award. This annual competition has been running since 2012 for Primary 5 schoolchildren and has proved to be very popular with the children showing their enthusiasm and talent over the years. The topic for 2018/2019 is “The History of my School”.

Cake Stall - Pitcairn Centre Thursday 21st March

Our next cake stall is on Thursday 21st March, in the Pitcairn Centre, all donations can be handed in from 9 am onwards. There will be a cake stall on the 3rd Thursday of each month in aid of the Fabric fund.

Bring & Share Supper – Saturday 23rd March @ 7.30 pm

Our Christian Outreach Group (COG) are planning a Bring & Share Supper for Saturday 23rd March at 7.30 pm in the Church Halls. This will be an informal evening where we can get together in friendship and fellowship. The format is that everyone brings along a dish to serve 4 people which will be shared with those gathered.

For further information contact Diane Steel on

07711 133258

Bonnyrigg - ' A place that cares ' – Saturday 30th March @ 12pm - 4pm

A community event is being is held at Lasswade High School on Saturday 30th March. The aim of the event is to encourage as many local groups and organisations as possible to attend and showcase all that they are doing to benefit the community of Bonnyrigg. It will be an opportunity for people to find out just how much does go on in Bonnyrigg. Bonnyrigg Parish Church will be there alongside the other churches in the area. The rumour is that there will be free samples from the various cake stalls that feature in the Pitcairn Centre each Thursday. Come along and try some. !!

Candlelight Service – Sunday 16th December

This service is always held on the 3rd Sunday of Advent. It is a quiet and contemplative service which involves the reading of 9 lessons and singing Carols. Each lesson is read by different members of the Church community.

The service encourages a sense of anticipation and wonder at the forthcoming birth of Christ which is enhanced through the beauty of worshipping by candlelight. It provides a respite from commercial spirit!

This was a lovely reminder of the Christmas story and the importance of the events leading up to the birth of Jesus.

The fellowship was continued, after the service, with the sharing of mulled wine and mince pies in the church, which was enjoyed by many who attended the service.

Christmas Fair

On the 24th November it was the annual Church Christmas Fair. As usual the hustle and bustle started in the week leading up to the event on the Saturday. Elders and helpers were kept busy on the Friday collecting donations and setting up the Church and halls. There was much fun, fellowship and laughter.

The decorations, lights and music created a festive atmosphere on the day. This was enhanced by the wonderful playing of our local Brass Band.

Stall holders were kept very busy on the day selling a wide variety of goods from toys to soft goods, bric a brac to groceries. Also available was delicious home baking, preserves and jams. We were also joined by stall holders from the local community.

People were able to continue their fellowship over mince pies, shortbread, tea and coffee in the Pitcairn Centre. Also available were delicious bacon rolls provided by the Guide Company (5th Bonnyrigg) which meets in the Loudon Hall every Friday night.

Everyone worked together with good humour and enjoyed the team work.

The sale is always well supported by the congregation and the local community for which we thank God.

A total of £3242 was raised on the day, being a slight increase on the previous year.

Flower Show

The Church Flower Show celebrated its 25th year in 2018 and is well supported by members of the Congregation and Church Youth Groups. It normally runs on a Saturday in late August with setting up and entries received on the Friday evening and the Saturday morning. There are Entry Classes for Flowers, Plants, Vegetables and Fruit, a variety of Handcrafts, Photographs, Art, Floral Art and a Childrens’ Section which are judged on the morning of the Show. The Show opens to the public from 1:00 pm with the prizegiving at 3.30pm. There is also an Outdoor Section where gardens, hanging baskets, window boxes, containers are judged in the week prior to the show. The Beginners Section is for those entering for the first time so if you have a garden, grow flowers, fruit or vegetables or produce handcraft items you will be made most welcome.

For more information on this event, contact Eric Lamb 0131 663 8113.

175th Anniversary and Lunch

On the 13th of May 2018 the congregation celebrated the 175th Anniversary of Bonnyrigg Parish Church. The service was conducted by the Reverend John Mitchell and we were delighted to have the Moderator of Lothian Presbytery at our special celebratory service.

The Reverend David Scott delivered a sermon which included a history of the formation of Bonnyrigg Parish Church and then a very interesting and uplifting sermon with a meaningful message for the way forward for the Church of Scotland and Bonnyrigg in particular. This family service was greatly enjoyed by all who attended.

We then crossed over to the Church Halls to continue our fellowship where we had a delicious lunch provided by Clan Catering. Entertainment was provided by Tommy Lawson and the late Gordon Bennett. As always their playing was accompanied by much foot tapping and was very enjoyable. Three cakes were provided with lovely pictures of the church.

It was a memorable way to celebrate such an important anniversary together with both young and old enjoying fellowship together.