Kirk Carnival

£13,541.53 raised!!

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Grand Designs


The Kirk Carnival Committee 2015 would like to sincerely thank every single person who was involved in making our Carnival a big success on 9 May. An event such as this requires a full on commitment by everyone and to name you all in this article would take up all the pages of the Kirk Record. However, you know who you are, so please give yourselves a huge pat on the back.


Our Queen Emily Robb with Attendants Jennifer Boyd and Sarah Kelly looked fantastic and, along with last year’s Queen (Louise Boyd), carried out their duties impeccably. The sun shone all day long and the good people of Houston responded by coming out in large numbers. The fun started with the parade from the Church to the West Hall which was led by our fantastic Boys and Girls Brigade Pipe Band followed by the open topped vintage car with our Queen and Attendants on board. The very inventive and colourful fancy dressers completed our procession.


When our Queen was crowned and the Carnival declared open every stall, side show and food outlet had queues forming which did not diminish throughout the day. As a result, the huge sum of £13,541.53 was raised. Incredible!!


You can bring back memories of the day by checking the photographs There are lots of smiley faces.


The competition prize winners are as follows:


Children’s Art Competition

Houston Nursery: Teagan McBride, Strawberry Fields Nursery: Isabella Baldassara, Woodlands Nursery: Gracie Lawrie, Abbey Nursery: Abigail Burrows

Primary 1-3:  Winner Neve Ferguson                        Runner-up Fraser Mitchell

Primary 4-7:  Winner Cate Meiklejohn         Runner-up Catriona Christie


Fancy Dress Competitions

Individual under 5: Angus Farley

Individual over 5:  Beth McDonald

Groups: Winners Houston Brownies                        Runners-up Kirk Scottish Country Dancers



Best Decorated Stall

The Baking Stall (Again!)


Programme Competitions

Wordsearch: Katie Workman, Mystery Advert: Barbara Ann Brown, Suduko: Kate Jackson, Grand Designs Quiz: The Colquhoun Family


Noah’s Ark Quilt

Jean Mills


Grand Design Vase Raffle

Liz Campbell


Lucky Prizes Draw

New Vision                             £100 off complete pair of glasses     Christopher Carvill

R Brown&Co                           Leather purse                                     Ellen Watt

Strathgryfe                             One month membership                   T Lanley

Divah                                      Bare minerals selection box              Anne Wilson

Corran Inn                              Voucher for wine and dine                Kay Crawford

Abbey Nursery                       Outdoor activity toy                          Helen Beaton

Laura Nail Lounge                  Lounge eye package                           Janice Watt

Strawberry Field Nursery      4 hr childcare 0-5yrs                          Alison Tate

Gibb Stewart                          Gift selection                                      Fiona Christie

Houston Tearoom                  Afternoon tea for 2                            Charles Green

Bridge of Weir Barber            Gents haircut and bottle of wine     Mary Ogilvie

Meadow Park                        30 min. riding lesson for 2                 Adam McCartney

Amaretto                                Meal for 2                                           Helen Paterson

Ardardan Estate                     Cream tea for 2                                  Elaine Clark

Glynhill Hotel                         Meal for 2                                           May McLellan

Braehead Leisure                   Disney ice tickets                                Joyce McCulloch

Gowanlea Nursery                 £25 voucher                                        Gavin Greene

Kirk Session                            Food hamper                                      Anne Wylie

Kirk Session                            Food hamper                                      Elaine Rawson


Well done to all prize winners.


In keeping with the tradition of all previous years, the 2015 ‘Grand Design’ Kirk Carnival was a huge success. The organisers and helpers will take the summer off to go on holiday or lie in a darkened room for a few months. However, don’t worry the huge organisational machine will then crank up and commence the planning for a great 2016 Carnival which will take place on Saturday 14th May. See you there.  

Thank you from the Tea room team.

This year we served 550 teas, coffees and lovely home baking donated by church members and friends in the community. Thank you to everyone who gave time on the Friday and Saturday to help in any way. It  was very busy but with all your help it went smoothly.

Moira Dunlop and Jean Mills                                

        ***Our Church's Grand Design***  Opened April 2015

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