St Paul’s Parish Choir’s Golden Jubilee Dinner

Tuesday November 20th 2012

Meta Patterson (the longest serving choir member) and her daughter Rita Dodds, cut the 50th Anniversary cake.  Looking on is Jean Hazley, choir secretary.Report and pictures courtesy of John Kelly

The Parish Choir of St Paul’s, Lisburn, held a Golden Jubilee Dinner at the Ballymac Hotel on Friday November 16. 

Audrey Graham welcomed some 70 choir members, organists, clergy past and present and guests. Using the words of a poem entitled ‘Memories’ which she wrote especially for the occasion, Audrey recalled many happy memories of St Paul’s Church Choir and also remembered with sadness members who are now departed.

Special guests at the dinner included Peter Cochrane, son of the late Rev Canon Dr Ken Cochrane, who became curate–in–charge of the new district of St Paul’s in May 1962 and rector in January 1965, and the Very Rev John Bond, Dean of Connor, who was the Rev Cochrane’s first curate assistant (1967–1970).

Rev Sam Black speaks at the dinner (Curate 1972-1978).To conclude the 50th anniversary celebrations, the choir extends an open invitation to everyone to join them for a Special Hymn Service on Sunday December 2 at 6.30pm featuring Templemore Silver Band.

The rector, the Rev Canon James Carson, pictured presenting a bouquet of flowers to Mrs Isobel Gorman, Organist and Choirmistress.







The anniversary cake.
Dining for the anniversary.


















Mrs Isobel Gorman (Organist and Choirmistress), Rev Canon James Carson (Rector) and members of St Paul's Parish Church Choir pictured at their Golden Jubilee Dinner at the Ballymac Hotel on Friday 16th November.









St Paul's rectors and curates past and present.  L to R: Dean Raymond Ferguson (former organist) and his daughter Mrs Marina Elliott, The Very Rev Dean John Bond (Curate 1976-1970), Mrs Joyce Bond, Rev Canon James Carson (Present Rector), Mrs Heather Carson, Rev Sam Black (Curate 1972-1978), Mrs Angela Black, Dean Philip Knowles (Curate 1976-1979) and Mr Jim Neill (Diocesan Lay Reader).


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