On the 14th November 1956 the first “Women’s Meeting” took place in Hillhouse Parish Church, 90 ladies attended and seemingly it was a very cold night and even back then they had problems with the heating.
Rev James Gossip presided over the meeting and the entertainment was musical, members of the church came along to sing and play for the ladies. The meetings took place fortnightly until February 20th 1957 when the Guild as know it now was formed.
The format has changed little since then but the offering has, on 27th February 1957 12/6 (65p now) was taken with another 15/6 (81p) taken in for cakes sold, very different from the offerings of today. The selling of cakes was a small part of the fundraising at that time for the buildong of the church. They also had bring and buy sales, good as new sales, whist drives, summer fetes and various ways of raising money for the new building.
Over the years little has changed in the Guild. The constitution was altered a bit and men are now welcome within the Guild but so far we haven’t had any male members, we hope we’re not that scary!
The style is much the same, we have a varied programme with speakers from all walks of life telling us of their work within a range of projects. We have lighthearted talks and some more serious talks, all of them informative, some you can laugh with, and some to make you thankful for what you have but all very interesting. We have our days and evenings out when we really enjoy ourselves and these usually involve good food! A bit different from when the group went to Spain for a break.
We are only 33 in number now as against the 90 ladies who met on a November night when the meeting started but if you were ever to pop in and see us you would hear a lot of noisy chatter and laughter as the ladies are all a friendly lot and are happy to be together and we think we can say they always enjoy their evenings at CAMEO.
Today the Guild has a new name within Hillhouse Church, we are known as CAMEO ( Come And Meet Each Other) but the work we do is still the same, we continue to make tea for functions as and when we are needed and I suppose this will always be the way of the Guild.
In 2006 we celebrated our 50th Anniversary and surprise, surprise we were again fundraising in the church for new building work. Also, through the kind auspices of South Lanarkshire Council we held a civic reception in November of that year to celebrate our Golden Anniversary.
On we go to the next 50 years. May the Guild/CAMEO go from strength to strength. We are committed to the work of Jesus Christ,
“Whose we are and whom we serve”
CAMEO Syllabus 2010-2011
|15th||“Showstoppers” Opening Social||Main Hall|
|22nd||Mr J Stewart “Talking Newspapers”||Lesser Hall|
|29th||Mr O’Donnell “Pathfinder Dogs”||Lesser Hall|
|6th||Brian Searle “John Paul Jones” US Navy||Lesser Hall|
|13th||Mr J Phillips “Best Days of my Life”||Lesser Hall|
|20th||Rev David Burt||Lesser Hall|
|27th||Concert “Cambus Singers”||Main Hall|
|3rd||Derek Hotchkiss “Here’s Tae Us”||Lesser Hall|
|10th||Members Night||Lesser Hall|
|17th||Strathaven Tearoom and Gift Shop|
|24th||Glickmans Sweetshop||Main Hall|
|1st||Trevor Munday MAF||Lesser Hall|
|8th||ABM & Christmas Supper||Main Hall|
|12th||Members Night||Lesser Hall|
|19th||Irene Dick “A Handful of Burns”||Lesser Hall|
|2nd||Christmas Meal Out|
|9th||Mr B Barr Slideshow Western Isles||Lesser Hall|
|16th||Lynn Hardbattle “Bushmen of the Kalahari”||Lesser Hall|
|23rd||Trading Standards||Lesser Hall|
|2nd||Rev Steve Younger Baptist Church||Lesser Hall|
|9th||Concert Hamilton Operatic Society||Main Hall|
|16th||Mrs Middleton “Day in the Life of a Tour Guide”||Lesser Hall|
|23rd||Mrs Eliz McLaughlan||Lesser Hall|
|30th||Jess Smith “Jessie’s Journey”||Lesser Hall|
|6th||Mr S Owen Greenside Garden Centre||Lesser Hall|
|13th||AGM & Supper||Main Hall|
|20th||HOLY WEEK SERVICE|
|May outing to be decided|