Activity and Groups

The Guild

Guild Dedication Service takes place on Sunday, 29 September at 10 am. We enter the 2nd year of the strategy entitled “One Journey, Many Roads”. The theme this year is “Companions on the Road”. Our first meeting takes place on Tuesday, 1 October at 7.30 pm in the Pitcairn Centre. Our speaker is our minister, June who will be speaking on the theme.

Everyone is welcome to the Guild and we would be delighted to have some new members so why not come along and join us?


We have a vibrant and thriving branch of the Guild in the Church. We meet at 7.30 pm every second Tuesday from October to May in our Pitcairn Centre. At present we have a membership of 48 ladies.

Each year we offer a varied syllabus of speakers on a wide range of subjects ranging from serious topics to more light-hearted ones. Our annual Floral Tea is a highlight of the year and is much anticipated in the local community. We celebrate Christmas and the end of the session with an outing usually to a local restaurant.

Each Easter we undertake the decoration of the Church and thereafter distribute the arrangements to sick, lonely or housebound members of the congregation. We also run a cake stall whenever there is a 5th Thursday in the month. Funds from this go to Guild funds.

Guild funds are disbursed at the end of each year to special Guild projects and to charities who have provided a speaker or on behalf of a speaker in lieu of a fee. Over the year this amounts to a considerable amount of money to good causes.

We are always on the lookout for new members and anyone interested should come along to any of our meeting or contact Moira Gray for further information.   07775 773581

Mens Fellowsip

Meets in the Pitcairn Centre at 7.45pm on the second Monday of the month with a varied programme of speakers and occasional visits to places of interest e.g. Newbattle Abbey, Dalkeith Museum, Mining Museum. Our Burns Supper in January is always popular and well attended also our Christmas Meals held recently at Broomieknowe Golf Club within walking distance for most members. Attendance varies between 15 and 25 and new members are made most welcome. Session normally runs from October to May.


Seniors Badminton

The seniors group meet on a Tuesday afternoon, from 1.30 -3.30pm.

We are in the Louden Hall at Bonnyrigg Church Halls.

We are all of retirement age and of mixed ability, and a mix of men and women.

We have a core of 8-10 members regularly attending and would love to have more, so if you are interested come and check us out.

The group have great fun with lots of laughter, not taking ourselves too seriously, although we do like to win.

For more information on the group please contact Janis Knight 0131 660 3968.

Indoor Bowling

Takes place in the Louden Hall of the Pitcairn Centre on Friday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:45. Sessions normally run from September through to June. Normal attendance is between 20 and 30 and with three carpets in use everyone has the opportunity to play at least three games. New members of all ages welcome, no previous experience necessary. Come and join in the fun of a very sociable afternoon with a break for tea/coffee and biscuits.


Tea Dance

A Tea Dance has been running at Bonnyrigg Parish Church Halls for around 20 Years.

It was started by Mrs Dorothy Carmichael and on her retirement in 2014, was continued by Ian & Laura Buchanan.

We currently have between 25 and 30 regularly attending each Monday afternoon. Sequence dancing and an occasional Ballroom dance are enjoyed for two hours between 1:15 and 3:45, tea and coffee can be enjoyed in the Pitcairn Centre during the half hour break.

Live music is provided by Ian Buchanan using a Yamaha keyboard.

Each year a trip is taken to a hotel with a dance floor. In 2018 the trip was to Perth and the Salutation Hotel, where high tea as enjoyed along with the dancing.

A Burns lunch is held in January, with caterers providing the haggis.

If you would like to know more about getting on your dancing shoes, contact Ian & Laura Buchanan on 0131 663 7015.

Hillwalkers and Ramblers

What better way to keep fit or stay fit and enjoying time in the fresh Scottish air.

The hillwalkers and ramblers group was established more than 25 years ago, with many of the original walkers still participating.

The group is now formed into 2 sections, therefore providing a walk to suit all level of fitness, ranging from a full day on the hills or a more, gentle ramble.



Our group is open to all ages, all levels of fitness, members and non-members of our church. Walkers come from all over to join us, from Broughty Ferry in the north and as far east as Musselburgh.

Walks take place between September and June with a break for summer. All walks are planned in advance, usually walking every third Saturday. This year we have 20 walks ranging from the Cairngorms to the Scottish borders.

Our first walk of the new year is usually a social event with a short walk with everyone coming together for lunch at the nearest hotel.

Details of all the walks and contacts are printed monthly in our magazine and a printed calendar available in the church.

For more information on the Hill Walking please contact Tom Thompson 07941 635131.




Each autumn all the ramblers meet to choose the walks for the season and the list is circulated by way of the church magazine and in the Pitcairn Centre where the public can access it. The walks are varied in length from 5 to 7 miles, some at the coast, some low level around the Lothians and others in the surrounding counties. We do tackle hills, taking them at a pace that suits all.

We encourage members to lead a walk but that is not compulsory, and we mostly share cars to our destination. We are always keen to find new places to visit and absorb the history and importance of these areas.

Usually there are 9/10 walks throughout the year, held on a Saturday of each month from September to June. On the list you will find the name of the walk leader and their contact number. All walkers should wear suitable boots or shoes, waterproof clothing if necessary and bring a packed lunch and a snack for elevenses.

The first walk of the new year is usually a combined short walk with the Hillwalking Group, where everyone comes together for lunch at the nearest hotel.

New members are always made very welcome whether from the church family or the wider community. Friendships are quickly made as walking is a time to natter, time of laughter and a time of to enjoy the various aspects of our beautiful countryside.

For more information on the Ramblers please contact May Wilkins 0131 660 4473.

Page Prayer Shawl Group

"Calling all knitters"

Greetings from the Manse

It is hard to know ways that we can serve our community, especially during this time, our faith calls us to be people of action but that is not always easy when we are living with the current restrictions.


A number of years ago I was given a prayer shawl by a minster

friend of mine in Glasgow, along with a card.

It has been a very treasured gift and now sits proudly on my prayer chair in the Manse.



I feel it would be a lovely way to extend our Ministry within the community, with a tangible expression of our love.

As we continue to be encouraged to stay home and stay safe, it would be lovely to have a supply of prayer shawls available to be given to those who are finding life a bit difficult.

A shawl would be given to individuals whom we feel may need a little bit of support and comfort. Each shawl will be given along with a card from the church.

I wondered if there would be a few knitters at Bonnyrigg Church who would be willing to get involved with a ministry which would be producing prayer shawls for those who need to know the love of God wrapped around them?




Although I’m not a knitter myself, I’m assured they are not difficult to produce, and the pattern is not complicated. Each shawl in made up of 25 squares.

Pam Thomson has agreed to co-ordinate the venture for me. A copy of the pattern can be downoaded below or direct from Pam. If you would like to get involved, please contact her on 0131 660 3377.

Thanking you all in advance

Every Blessing





Prayer Shawl Pattern

Card from the Church