Recent Events

There is always a lot of activity around Dunscore Church.  See our Facebook page for regular information and more photos.

02.03.19  The Fairtrade Village Big Brew was held in the village hall and Dunscore Church today.  It has become a big village event with over 20 stalls plus lunch, tea, coffee and cake.  All the chairs were moved to the side to accommodate about 12 stalls in the church.  A wonderful and lively event promoting Fairtrade.

10.02.19  Jannie lead his final service today and it was followed by a farewell lunch in the Glenriddell Hall.

28.01.19  We were joined by pupils from Jane Haining’s two schools, Dumfries Academy and Dunscore School to remember the life and death of Jane Haining and all who died in the Holocaust.

11.12.18  The church is a great concert venue.  Today we welcomed the wonderful Balliol Consort who sang a wide range of Christmas songs and carols.  They donated all the proceeds to the church.  Thank you Balliol Consort!

03.11.18  Our annual shoe box filling took place today.  The shoe boxes go to children around the world that don’t have much if anything at Christmas.  You can read more about the appeal here.

06.10.18:  After the Big Push last year, Dunscore Eco Congregation team achieved all the requirements for Dunscore to become a Toilet Twinned Village.  Elyse of Toilet Twinning joined us at a Toilet Twinning stall at Ellisland to present the certificate to some of the group.







05.10.18:  There was a fund-raising whist drive in the Glenriddell Hall. It raised £263.






01.09.18  The Church and Heritage Centre opened for Doors Open Days for the first time this year.  We had a busy weekend including a talk and a walk round the village Memory Trail.

09.08.18  Our Eco Congregation Group organised a Litter Walk round the roads of the parish to collect litter and to help to keep the P1080688area looking at its best.  Join them on the first Thursday of each month.







05.08.18  The service in the Gala marquee was full of song and dance and it was a chance to find out about the Kid’s Club.  The Epic Explorers had been finding clues about Jesus in Adventure Island.  Well done to the team!

01.08.18  A regular fixture in the summer is the Holiday Club.  This year the theme was “Epic Explorers”.  Great fun!

08.06.18  John and Raymond presented an evening of Short Tall Tales of Land and Sea.  Fun, fascinating and enlightening.  A great evening!








11.02.18  Our Eco Group work to twin toilets made it to the press.  Click here to read the article.

28.01.18  Dunscore Church was represented at the Friars Carse Wedding Fayre promoting the church as a wedding venue.  At the same time we were promoting Fairtrade weddings.

27.12.18  The official opening of the Heritage Centre was carried out by Lord Lieutenant Fiona Armstrong.  The moving service was followed by the laying of floral tributes at the Jane Haining cairn then the unveiling of the new Jane Haining plaque.


22.01.18  Our Eco Group Big Push for Toilet Twinning resulted in an amazing 15 toilets being twinned.  We will be offering toilet twinning certificates to organisations around the village and are now working towards Dunscore being a Toilet Twinning Village.










12.12.17  We enjoyed an amazing concert by the Balliol Consort this evening.  The church showed off its new flexibility as a concert venue and it was a fantastic evening.  Proceeds were for church funds.  Thank you Balliol Consort!IMG_20171212_194356343





10.12.17  It was the Gift Service today.  As ever, there were many toys, games and books brought to the service for children in the region that otherwise wouldn’t receive gifts.  All donations went to the Dumfries and Galloway Standard Toy Appeal.






17.11.17  It was World Toilet Day today and we marked this by going a bit toilet mad.  We asked members of the congregation and local community to give donations towards  We wanted to twin our new toilet (needing a donation of £60) but, thanks to everyone’s generosity of the, we raised enough money to twin over 15 toilets!  We will be giving certificates to the school, pre-school, Glenriddell Hall amongst other organisations.  What an amazing result!Broken-Toilet-Repair-Dubai






01.10.17 The Re-dedication Celebration!  We had a joyous service followed by supper and a concert by the Cairn Chorus.  A wonderful day!

24.06.17  The scaffolding is off the church and the interior is nearing completion!  You will see that the stairs from the pulpit now turn out (as they originally did).  We have been able to use the old stairs that were covered in an earlier modification.  Where practical, we have used materials from the church.

30.04.17 It was a Family Service today with theme of Celebrating Life.  It was a great celebration!

21.04.17  We invited the congregation and community to an Information Day about the work on the church.  We had lots of interest including visits from the pre-school and the school.  You can see more about the project at

09.04.17  The National Churches Trust gave us a generous grant towards the work on the church building.  You can find out more about the trust and how to become a Friend here.


27.01.17  It is Holocaust Memorial Day today.  We commemorated this with a gathering at the Jane Haining Cairn in Dunscore.  There were pupils from Jane’s two schools, Dunscore Primary and Dumfries Academy.

29.12.16  A group helped to clear the church before the contractors start work soon.


24.12.16  The Christingle Service is a favourite every year and this one was no exception!

18.12.16  The Lessons and Carols Service was greatly enjoyed by the large congregation.  It was a café style and gradually the nativity scene was created throughout the service.

18.12.16  Teams from local churches lead services in Briery Park care home and the hospital in Thornhill.  This is greatly appreciated by the residents and staff.  Today, one of the Dunscore teams was at Briery Park.

10.11.16  Great work by the Operation Christmas Child team.  Lots of boxes packed and decorated at the weekend.

29.10.16 We held an auction last night to raise funds for the church repairs and alterations.  Around £1,500 was raised!  Thanks to Kath and the Eco Team for all their efforts and to everyone who offered lots for the auction and to everyone that placed a bid.

07.10.16  Don’t miss the Dumfries Standard this week – it features the Wellympics!

07.10.16  Our harvest celebrations ended with the Harvest Supper and a very tricky “Pointless” quiz.

07.10.16  The Wellympics (supporting Farm Africa) took place at Ellisland on Sunday.

03.09.16  Last Sunday was the Harvest Service.  We decided to support the work of Farm Africa and their slogan “Give Hunger the Boot” so decorations were Welly themed.

30.09.16  There is an article in the Dumfries and Galloway Standard about the discovery of items relating to Jane Haining.

30.09.16  The labels made it to parliament!  Two members of the congregation (Matthew and Kath Aitken) headed for a mass lobby of parliament to ask MSPs to agree to several climate actions.  The picture shows them with Oliver Mundell (Conservative) and Claudia Beamish (Labour) and a “tree” with some of the labels (including some from Dunscore).  They also met Racheal Hamilton MSP and Colin Smyth MSP.

18.09.16  Two members of the Dunscore congregation are joining the Stop Climate Chaos Mass Lobby of Holyrood. They are hoping to meet many of our South of Scotland MSPs there to discuss climate change and important steps that the Scottish Government can take to help to tackle this issue.  At today’s service members of the congregation wrote labels to be sent to Stop Climate Chaos to be added to others from across Scotland and to be hung on a tree to be handed to MSPs at the lobby.

17.09.16  img_20160918_1220511011Do buy a copy of this month’s Dumfries and Galloway Life – it features Dunscore Church receiving the Continuing Eco Congregation Award.






14.09.16  Dunscore Church was well represented at the Church of Scotland “On the Road” seminar in Dumfries this evening. We were looking at challenges ahead for the Church of Scotland (e.g. smaller congregations, minsters retiring faster than they are recruited / trained and fewer children and young people). Do we need to change what we do as a church and how things are structured? Do we need to be organised differently? If so, how? Lots of interesting thoughts, discussion and ideas!

13.09.16  The Church of Scotland announced that they had found a box of documents and photos relating to Jane Haining.  You can see more about this in the Heritage News section.

14.08.16  We received the Continuing Eco Congregation Award today.  We join just three other congregations in Scotland with this award.  It was presented by Trevor Jamison of Eco Congregation Scotland who led our services today.  Alison Boyes received the award on behalf of the congregation as she started the Eco Group way back in 2003.  We were in the papers too.  The piece in the Daily Record is here.

13.08.16  The Book Stall at the Gala was busy as ever.  There were also some members of the congregation that had a go at beating the Fairtrade goalie.

07.07.06  The service in the Gala tent this year was a Café Service.  Relaxed, fun but thought-provoking it included Jannie showing his considerable talent as a ventriloquist.

31.07.16 We had a service and baptism at the Conventicle Monument on Skeoch Hill.

27.06.16  This is the 25th year that we have been hosting Hungarian students.  Pam has been the main coordinator of this for all these years so the church marked this with a commemorative plate and a chocolate medal!

27.06.16  Yesterday Sheila and Archie hosted the barbecue to welcome the Hungarian students and their teacher.  They students won a Jane Haining competition and the prize was to come to Scotland to places significant to Jane’s life.

08.06.16  We have received our Eco Congregation Continuing Award.  Here is the letter with the assessors’ report.  Eco Award 1 001


Eco Award 2 002

14.05.16  The plant sale was a great success.  Teas, coffees soups and baking were also greatly enjoyed.P1050610












30.04.16  The Cairn Chorus entertained us with a concert including gP1050564reat choice of songs.  This was followed a sumptuous afternoon tea.P1050568P1050569










27.04.16  The Eco Congregation invited candidates from the main political parties to Dunscore for a Nature Candidate Cafe to discuss nature and the environment and to sign the Wildlife Proclamation.  Sunet gave a wonderful introduction to why we are concerned about the environment and God’s creation.P1050520

Team Photo






14.04.16  The April meeting of the Guild was its last for the time being as Aly and Judith are retiring from the organisation.  The speakers were Jannie and Sunet talking about the bushmen of the Kalahari.  The talk was held at Ellisland Farm and was very well attended and was followed by tea, coffee and, of course, delicious baking.










27.03.16  Our hill top Easter service was again held at the mast above Wallaceton.  The weather was wet and windy but it was a very special service none the less.




27.01.16  We held a short remembrance ceremony at the Jane Haining cairn today as it is Holocaust Memorial Day.  Many people turned out to remember Jane’s sacrifice.


24.01.15  There were many services leading up to Christmas including a lovely Christingle Service.  It was lovely to see so many children in the church.








3 July 2015: We are delighted to have received fun-ding to carrIMG_1814 (2)y out repairs to the church and to create a heritage centre.  You can read the press release here.  This is the picture that went with the article:


1 July 2015: We welcomed our Hungarian visitors with a barbecue today.  They are here to learn more about Jane Haining and maintain our Hungarian link in her memory.

9 June 2015: Dunscore Church hosted an event involving Christian Aid, The Scottish Fairtrade Forum and Just Trading Scotland.  The Eco Congregation baton put in an appearance too on its way to Paris for the climate change talks later this year!  We had a very interesting evening.