The Minister expresses warm thanks for all the good wishes, cards and gifts he has received to mark his retirement today – each and every one has been greatly appreciated.

From Monday 2 April all pastoral requests should be referred to the Interim Moderator, Rev. Alistair Cook, Minister of Hawick: St. Mary’s and Old Parish with Hawick: Teviot and Roberton – 01450 378175.

On Sunday 8 April services will be conducted by the Rev Cook, and he invites elders from each congregation to meet him briefly after the services. To allow time for these meetings the services will be at 9.30am at Minto (to be followed by the Ruberslaw Kirk Session) and 11.15am at Hobkirk (to be followed by the Hobkirk and Southdean Kirk Session).