1912: Newspaper

A copy of the Cumnock Chronicle, Friday 6 Sep 1912, published the day before the laying of the foundation stone was found in the time capsule.


The Chronicle carried an advertisement for the ‘Memorial Stone of the New Church’.

New Cumnock United Free Church
Memorial Stone
Of the New Stone
Will be laid
Moderator of General Assembly

The usual Presentations by the Contractors
and by the Architect and others will take part.

All Friends, in and beyond the Parish
Cordially Invited.

If weather stormy – after Stone-laying, the company
will retire to Church Hall for speeches.

The Chronicle also carried an article on the laying of the stone which concluded with .

‘A short historical statement will be made by the chairman. The hermetically sealed bottled containing the usual things will be placed in the cavity, and the Moderator will then lay the stone, following this up with solemn prayer. The second paraphrase will be sung and then the Moderator will deliver an address. Thanks will be moved by Mr Hugh Muir, the oldest elder, who is coming from Dunure in order to take part in the proceedings, and one or two other friends will be asked to say a few words. The service will be closed by the Rev. James Millar, B.D, pronouncing the Benediction. In the event of the weather breaking down the out-of-door services will be greatly shortened, and the audience will at once repair to the commodious church hall where the remainder of the ceremony will take place. Next week we will give a full report of the proceedings.’


Other advertisements that week gave a snapshot of some of the activities in the other churches in the parish.

New Cumnock Parish Church

New Cumnock Parish Church Work Party

Will be held in
Town Hall, New Cumnock
Friday and Saturday, Dec 20, 21
At Three O’clock p.m.
One of the stalls will be devoted to a JUMBLE SALE under the charge of Messrs Jas. HYSLOP and GILBERT TEMPLETON, The Castle and Messrs. DAVID ROBERTSON, Connel Park and Jas. SCOTT, Bank Glen.

A Prize is offered for competition in each of Three Classes :- (1) Plain Sewing. (2) Fancy Work. (3) Baking. The materials for each article must not cost more than 6d. All articles with 2d. entry money for each, to be given to Miss MILLAR, The Manse, not later than THURSDAY 19th December, and to become property of the Sale.

The Proceeds of the Sale will be applied to the Lighting and Cleaning of the Church.

No names of the Receivers of Work are specially given, as it is expected that every member of the congregation will act in that capacity.

New Cumnock Baptist Church

New Cumnock Baptist Church
In order to raise Funds to Build a Manse, the members of the above Church have decided to hold a SALE OF WORK in the Spring of 1913.


Miss GRACE MILLAR*, L.R.A.M. The Manse, New Cumnock, will resume teaching Pianoforte on MONDAY, 2nd September.

*The Rev. James Millar’s daughter