125 year blog - 1961 The opening of the new building PDF Print E-mail
Written by Derek Peakman   

On Saturday the 6th of May 1961 the new church building was opened at 25 Alice street. Despite a wet start to the day, the sun shone brilliantly in the afternoon.

A crowd of over 500 people watched the opening ceremony. After a hymn and a prayer, little Irene Cumming, a Sunday School scholar, opened the gates at the bottom of the drive and slowly led the silent crowd up to the doors of the new building.

Then the oldest member of the congregation, Mrs. M Hamilton performed the ceremony of opening the door to the church.

The congregation assembled for a service of dedication led by the Rev. D. L. Evans. The picture below, although taken some years later at a certain young couples marriage shows the frontage of the building as it was then.

new_hopehall_frontagewedding2_copyAmong those present were representatives of the Presbytery, the various denominations in the area and Bailie and Mrs W Semple representing the town council.

Mr George Campbell, the Sunday School superintendant, presented a bible to Irene Cumming to mark the occasion while Mr. D Ralston, treasurer, presented a silver key to Mrs. Hamilton.

Mrs Young of Kelvinside, Glasgow, unveiled a Communion table and chair gifted by her mother in memory of her father who was for many years the president of Hopehall.

The Rev. John Currie, a former pastoer of Hopehall preached the dedicatory message to a hall packed to over flowing and at an evening service where so many people arrived that some had to be turned away.

A souvenir brochure was produced to comemorate the opening of the new building shown below.
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The text below is a description of the new church building taken from the brochure.

The New Church Building

The new church building has been carried out with clarity and distinction, and sets a high standard for Hall/Church design in this area.

Designed on an economical budget, it is simple—yet dignified. The building is set back on the site, and was planned on an elongated manner to reduce under building and to minimise the number of steps up to the entrance.

The approach is pleasant, and the predominance of flower boxes at the entrance and below the cloak-room window, will give much pleasure to users of the Church.

The small Hlall is situated at an elevated level to save excavation costs, and in turn, forms a gallery to the Church when a folding partition is opened.

The Main Hall portrays a very dignified appearance with its hardwood floor and natural beams. The colour scheme is light blue walls with terracotta and gold background and royal blue carpets.

The kitchen is planned in an advantageous position, and its modern equipment will prove popular with the ladies. Purveys can be brought into the kitchen without disturbing any other users of the Church, and in turn, service is carried direct into the Main Hall.

The cloakrooms are spacious, pleasant, and provide ample accommodation. The fittings throughout the building are of the latest design, and the whole project is indicative of the continuing enterprise and energy of the members.

The motto at the entrance hall reads: "Enter to worship, depart to serve".



Pastor Evans ministry was marked with great blessing and it was during his ministry that the choir was at its best under the leadership of Mr. George Watson and was in demand for deputation work all over Scotland and Ireland.

Below is a photograph of the choir taken at the opening of 'the new hall' in Alice street. Note the old tenemant buildings on the other side of Alice street which were demolished soon after.