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Farewell Alistair

A Social evening was held in the Glen Pavilion to mark the retirement of Alistair Jessamine.

There were over 250 members of the congregation and friends present in the Glen Pavilion to mark the retiral, after 20 years service, of the Abbey`s minister Alistair Jessamine.

Entertainment was provided by Robert Crook, The Abbey Choristers, Frances McCafferty, Elaine Shorthouse. Revd Canon Iain M Paton offered an amusing and very appropriate grace before a two course meal was served.

After dinner Angus Hogg said a few words before Alistair had the company reeling with some of his `true` stories and Chic Murray tales. In one typical of the night he recalled meeting one of his older members in the High Street, "I am so sorry Mr Jessamine she said my lumbago was so bad I missed your last sermon." "Think nothing of it I said, you didn`t miss much." "So they tell me she replied!"

It was a quality evening with the entertainers all giving top class performances. Frances and Elaine were both given standing ovations. Elaine`s father Bert had played at Alistair`s installation as Abbey Minister.

Ken Richards gave an excellent vote of thanks and everyone wished Alistair and Eleanor all the very best in their well earned retirement in Strathaven.


In response to requests, here is the Grace offered by the Associate Minister at the Farewell Social:

We give You thanks, Lord, for all women and men
Who’ve gathered tonight, here, at Pittencrieff Glen.
To give thanks for the years of laughter and joy
Of the Jessamine duo - the girl and the boy.

There’ll be mourning, for sure, in the town’s Garvock Hill
When the manse there is empty, as surely it will.
But with lump sum and pension - they need a tax haven;
You’ve provided it, Lord; the place name is Strathaven.

He’ll sure swing the golf clubs, have wine corks a-popping
And take Bonnie for walkies - while Eleanor’s shopping.
What a life it will be, Lord; while we here are left
With our thoughts and our memories, feeling bereft.

Why’s he retiring? He’s given us the headings
But if you ask me it’s because of the weddings.
One thing we’ve all found, to our greatest relief
Is the Jessamine mantra of ‘keep it all brief’.
So our thanks to You, Lord, from the great and the good;
For the laughter, the music- and, most of all, food.


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