We, the undersigned, being communicant members of Greyfriars Episcopal Church, Kirkcudbright, hereby nominate ………………………………………………………

to serve as …………………………………………, as from the AGM on 1. 12.2019

signed …………………………………………….., Proposer

           ……………………………………………..., Seconder

Being a communicant member of Greyfriars Church, I hereby accept the above nomination, and if elected, agree to serve as …………………………………………………………….,

Signed …………………………………………….. Candidate

Please return the completed form to the Secretary, if possible before the AGM.

Mrs G M A Shaw, Lindisfarne, 36 St Cuthbert Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4HZ


Nomination Form


The Scottish Episcopal Church




Sunday 1st December 2019


Opening Prayer by The Reverend Stephen Hazlett who will chair the meeting.

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Minutes of the AGM of 25th November 2018
  3. Matters arising
  4. The Rector’s reports
  5. Annual report for the AGM
  6. Description of charge for the Diocese
  7. Reports
  8. Lay representative
  9. Property
  10. Greyfriars House
  11. Kirkcudbright Churches Together
  12. Protection of Vulnerable Adults
  13. Sunday School
  1. Treasurers Report
  2. Accounts for 2018/19 and Budget for 2019/20 attached
  3. Appointment of Independent Examiner of Accounts
  1. Election of Officers
  2. Property Convenor
  3. Lay Representative
  4. Alternative Lay Representative
  5. Treasurer
  6. Vestry Secretary
  7. Vestry Members: No Vacancies
  1. O.C.B

Minutes of the Annual General meeting 2018

The Scottish Episcopal Church

Greyfriars Kirkcudbright

Minutes of the Annual General meeting

Held on Sunday 25th November 2018 in Greyfriars Church at 12 noon.

The meeting opened with a prayer given by the Revd. Stephen Hazlett, the Rector who chaired the meeting.

  • Apologies for absence: were received from: Josie Bird, Wendy Milliken, Alec Blackadder, James and Brenda Burkitt, Tom and Mary Jones, Peggy Lloyd, John Wilkinson, Rupert Shaw, George and Laura Shaw.
  • Minutes of the AGM of 26th November 2017: these were agreed and signed by the Chairman. The minutes were proposed by Nigel Davies and seconded by Bob Reddaway.
  • Matters arising: there were none.
  • The Rector’s reports:
  1. Annual Report; the Rector had said he was remiss not to have noted in his report that we are a Fair Trade Church and town. He wished to thank in particular those that helped with the smooth running of Greyfriars: the Acting Treasurer, Secretary, Property Convenor, Rachel Inglis for the Website, the retired clergy and organists and Vivien Dania for Winter Wonderland and all who contributed their help and energy in any form.
  2. Description of charge for the Diocese; the Rector had included this and it was noted it was the only one that had to be précised as there was so much happening in our church.   It was good to know that we were a thriving community.
  • Reports:
  1. Lay representative: report attached. In addition Barbara Hawkesford said how much she had enjoyed taking part in all the meetings and she was praised for her role in making them a success. The Rector thanked Sue Davies for her role as Lay Representative over a number of years and congratulated her on how she had always represented Greyfriars when required.
  2. Property: report attached. The Rector thanked Nigel Davies for his efforts on our behalf keeping all in good repair. There were a number of things to be done, the Sacristy sink, Richard Glass was looking at the damp in the Rectory with an expert; and the boiler had not been functioning properly. A point was raised about LED lighting and the Vestry would look at this when next they meet.
  3. Greyfriars House: reported on the previous document. (JB) John Boyd raised that the proposed increase from £5 to £10 an hour might be too much for some of the groups who use it. Suggestion that a sliding scale may be better. Vestry will look at this again and discuss feasibility. Noted that new windows were to be installed in January and the front door painted within the next month, further painting will take place in the spring. The Rector thanked (ND); (JB) and SCVS for looking after the house.
  4. Churches Together: report attached: Mrs Blackadder said she had nothing more to add except to thank Mrs Vivien Dania for her help over the last two years but she was now standing down. The Rector thanked them and was most grateful for their hard work.
  5. Protection of Vulnerable Groups: report attached. (GS) had nothing to add to report for the AGM, she had outlined the requirements for this duty but the Rector reminded everyone that it was all our responsibilities too. Formal training took place in April for Rosemarie Main, Drostie Tame, Judy Samways of St Mary’s and herself.
  6. Sunday School: report attached. The Rector thanked Drostie and Rosemarie for all their hard work and noted what a help it had been to two vulnerable little girls. Drostie wanted particular thanks to be given to Laura Shaw for all her great help over Art & Craft and the Christmas Tree Festival. It was noted that a Father Christmas would be needed for the Joint Childrens party on 15th December and a member of Rotary would be asked to undertake this. The Rector informed the meeting that our Sunday school had been chosen to feature on the Glasgow diocesan Christmas Tree which was a great achievement. The Rector takes assemblies in four schools and encourages children to come to our Sunday school if they can.
  • Acting Treasurers Report:
  1. Anthony Bird paid tribute to Colonel Grant Oliver and said his were difficult shoes to step into. He was happy for anyone else who wished to take on this role to say so. There had been a refund from EDF and he had now looked at cheaper alternatives for gas/electric for the Church. He was asked if this applied to Greyfriars House; as it didn’t this would also be looked at also.   The treasurer presented the budget for FY18/19 (attached). There were a couple of questions: noted that there was a drop in money from Tax recovered and also no item mentioning the Link magazine and the donations received for it. (AB) agreed that he had no answer to the Tax, but would look into it and would have a separate heading within the budget in future  for the Link.
  2. Appointment of Independent Examiner: The Treasurer asked that the meeting agree the appointment of SCVS.

All of the reports in item 5 and the accounts in 6 a) and b) were agreed: proposed by Bishop Gordon Mursell and seconded by Robert Reddaway.

  • Election of Officers:

The following were elected:





Lay Representative

Mrs. B. Hawkesford

Mrs. G. Shaw

Mrs Steph Moore

Alternative Lay Representative

Mrs. D. Blackadder

Mrs. S. Davies

Mrs. V. Dania


Mr. A. Bird

Mr R. Reddaway

Mrs B. Hawkesford


Mrs. G Shaw

Mr R. Reddaway

Dr. M. Moore

New Vestry Member

Mr J. Boyd

Mrs. G Shaw

Mr N. Davies

New Vestry Member

Mr R. Rushing

Mrs B. Hawkesford

Mr. L. Forbes

Property Convenor

Mr. N. Davies (ex-officio)


Vestry Members

Mrs B. Hawkesford,

Mr R. Reddaway

Dr M Moore

Noted that J. Burkitt had resigned from the Vestry


Dates of Vestry meetings 2019

17/1: 7/3: 9/5: 12/9: 14/11/2019

Joint Meeting/social with St Mary’s on Thursday 11th April in Greyfriars.

AGM Sunday 24th November 2019

  • O.C.B:
  1. Gift Sunday 2nd December: once again unwrapped Christmas gifts for children are needed for the Rector to distribute to either Social Services or the Salvation Army.
  2. Davies are hosting a bring/share supper at Belmont on Sunday 9th December at 7pm.
  3. Winter Wonderland 8th December: bottles required for the bottle stall to John Boyd.
  4. Christmas Collections: following the Primus’s letter we will again send the collections for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to the Aberlour Scotland’s Children’s Charity this year.

There being no other business the meeting closed with the Grace.


Members present at the AGM on 25th November 2018:-

Doreen Blackadder

Bishop Gordon Mursell

Bina Caulfield

Barbara Hawkesford

Judy Parker

Hazel Hazlett

Vivien Dania

Drostie Tame

Stephen Hazlett

Rosemarie Main

Gwen Shaw

Louise Boyd

Sylvia Elliott

Robert Reddaway

John Boyd

Sheila Catchpole

Susan Davies

Rachel Inglis

Dr Mike Moore

Nigel Davies

Randal Rushing

Steph Moore

Anthony Bird


The secretary will be away from 10th December until 30th December. Rachel Inglis will do the Pew sheets in her absence. SCVS will be closed from12 noon on 20th December until Monday 7th January 2019.

Barbara Hawkesford - Lay Report

Sadly due to an early holiday in May, I missed the meeting at St Johns the Evangelist Stranraer. David Rose had reported it was disappointing not to be have been able to select a new Bishop. 

 A new Preparatory Committee had been voted in, and Margaret Morton reported, the committee were carrying out Cannon 4 as required. Still no Bishop! This is a long procedure. At the first round I was disappointed . The Primus Bishop Mark kept us informed, he explained no one had failed. The candidates have to go through a great deal of scrutiny, we were all asked to pray. As still no conclusion, this was handed to the College of Bishops. It had never had to go to the Bishops College before. 

July was the Synod at Holy Trinity Paisley. Group discussions took place. Seven groups, with a Bishop in each group. The Primus lead the group I was in, I found it uplifting, informative, and free to say what we all felt. Perhaps now all the Bishops knew exactly our feelings and what we required of a Bishop. Perhaps if this discussion with the seven Bishops had taken place at the beginning of selections, it would have been better. Our group were all happy, and I for one left on a high, knowing that it wasn't Brexit, but we would have a new Bishop by the end of the year, or January. 

Regional Council Meeting - 27th August - St Johns, Dumfries 

Reports from Charges: 


The Rev. Paul Singh had been appointed as Rector for both Lockerbie and Moffat. He has a wife and two sons, originally from Kerala, southern India. Those of us that hadn't met him were introduced, and were impressed. He was living at the Rectory in Lockerbie. Moffat were also thrilled with this appointment. 


St Margarets New Galloway 

Nicolette Wise had sent apologies as she was interviewing for the vacant position there. The other charges gave updates.

St Ninians Castle Douglas and Christ Church Dalbeattie

Said Rev. Christopher Ketley had settled in and looking after both churches well. 

Greyfriars Kirkcudbright: 

I informed on all the activities,and services we had been involved with in our busy town.

 Speaker at the meeting,  Amie Byers, Youth Officer, also on the council. She had attended the recent Anglican Consultative Conference in Hong Kong. This was David Roses last meeting as convenor of the council. Rev. Stephen Hazlett becomes convenor now. 

Meeting ended with prayer. 

Sorry this is so long. 

Barbara Hawkesford - Lay Rep

Vestry Update

The date of the next vestry meeting is Thursday, 19th September, 2019

News from the Diocesan Office

To: All Clergy, Lay Representatives, Treasurers, and Vestry Secretaries – and for passing on to your congregations…

From John Mitchell, Diocesan Secretary

July 2019

News from the Diocesan Office

In May, I sent what was intended to be the first of a quarterly update from the Diocesan Office (if you didn’t receive this, but would like to receive a back-copy, please contact me at the email address at end of this update). However, there are some new items to pass on, so this is being sent a little sooner than planned. As before, feel free to print and place on your noticeboard, or extract anything for your magazine…

Election of our new Bishop, and attendance at 27th July Synod

As previously advised by the Primus, Bishop Mark, there will be a conclusion of the current stage of the election process on Saturday 27th July at Holy Trinity and St Barnabas, Paisley, when Clergy, Lay Representatives (or their Alternates) can engage with him and those other members of the College of Bishops in attendance before they go on to elect our new Bishop later in the year. We are taking the apologies list as previously advised to us, but please let us know (in writing or by email) if there are any additions or alterations to be made by contacting:

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Vestry matters

The date of the next vestry meeting is Thursday, 19th September, 2019

If you would like to raise any matters for the vestry to consider, please contact the Vestry Secretary, Gwen Shaw T: 01557 330239; E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation, which came into effect 28-05-18, all personal information on members of the congregation held for church purposes is kept safely and is not shared with any third party.


Vestry Meeting Minutes of 07-03-19

Vestry Meeting Minutes of 17-01-19

Vestry Meeting Minutes of 08-11-18

Vestry Meeting Minutes of 13-09-18

Vestry Meeting Minutes of 17-05-18

Vestry Meeting Minutes of 08-03-18

Vestry Meeting Minutes of 25-01-18

Vestry Meeting Minutes of 09-11-17

Vestry Meeting Minutes of 14-09-17

Vestry Meeting Minutes of 11-05-17

Vestry Meeting Minutes of 09.03.17

AGM Minutes 2018 (to be ratified at 2019 AGM)

AGM Minutes 2017