The Kirk Building

Oxnam Kirk
The present kirk was built in 1738 on the site of a medieval kirk dating from before 1153 and was enlarged to form a T-plan in 1874. The building is a characteristic Scottish 18th-century kirk with plain glass and white-washed walls.

The Organ

A Continuo pipe organ by Lammermuir Pipe Organs was installed in 1990 which is 1m wide box organ with 3 stops.

More information on the history of Oxnam Kirk is available in this guide to the History of Oxnam Kirk produced by Oxnam Kirk Session with the assistance of Mr Pat Wood.

From a member of the congregation:

Sitting in the Church on Sunday I was just struck, how lovely it all looked. The sun shone through the windows, new carpet, walls freshly painted, new hymn books. Everything in such good condition and up- to-date. People smiling, people singing and the red poppies, so beautiful to remind us of those gone before. I felt such a warm glow of emotion. Thank you.

The Rev. William Thompson Memorial Plaque

This is located on the wall on the right hand side as you enter the Kirk through the main door. The slate was provided and inscribed by Nicholas Sloan, Taunton, Somerset who is related to the Thompson family. Nicholas also erected the memorial which has blended in well and is a quiet reminder of Bill’s long presence there and a fitting tribute to a well respected minister for 48 years.

Kirk Renovation

July 2010

A very smart toilet is now in place; accessible to the disabled, it has a baby changing facilty & hot water. Most would say that it is long overdue!

The next step is to make the vestry interior more user friendly for hospitality, sunday school & meetings. The session welcomes suggestions from members about this improvement. Also on the list is the painting of the exterior.

December 2009

It is very satisfying at last to be able to report real progress with Kirk improvements. Scott Collins has done a great job to its interior and has also painted the outside porch and vestry doors. Work is now well advanced on the toilet. At the time of writing only the fitting and finishing of the inside remain to be done. We will be asking for volunteers to make a wheelchair friendly path from the vestry round to the toilet to if anyone has the tools and time to help with this task please contact Rob Young or myself. Doing it this way will keep the cost down and make the Kirk’s money stretch a lot further in enhancing and repairing its exterior. We have recently put protective glass over the south facing windows for a lot less than we feared it might have cost so now the north aisle windows can be considered for similar treatment. Everyone would like the rest of the building to look as sparkling white as the west gable but Session will have to consider very carefully how it can be done. Do we take a loan or can we get a grant and, if so, where? Your views are very important to us so don’t be afraid to make them known. The job would be best done all at once but what will it cost? We must budget carefully before we act but we will keep you up-to-date with our decisions. It all sounds a bit daunting but we are confident of your support if we act sensibly. Oxnam Kirk is surely worth the effort. Your Kirk’s new toilet’s nearly done, with generous help from 1-2-1. Comfort for all at Church or maybe, Young mothers can go and change their baby.

January 2009

It was agreed by kirk session that the communion table top should be renovated, as it is badly stained. Estimates have been received, and approved, the cost will be around £300, which will include a glass top to protect it in future. This will come out of church funds, unless anyone wishes to specifically donate.

November 2008

Plans have been drawn up and submitted to the General Trustees of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh. We are hopeful that, along with our own fundraising, the Trustees may give us a grant to help with the cost of the toilet. Estimated costs stand at £17,000.

January 2007

John Mallen, a Hawick Fire Officer, visited Oxnam Kirk to undertake a fire risk assessment of the Kirk. Mr Mallen was satisfied with the precautions presently taken and confirmed that the fire risk within the church was very low. Although a fire blanket was present in the Kirk Mr Mallen recommended that a water extinguisher and a CO2 extingusher were purchased. Chubb Fire Security have sinced installed the extingusihers and will continue to service them once a year.A First Aid Box has also been installed in the Vestry.Under the recommendation of Presbytery of Jedburgh a valuation has been carried out of the Kirk for insurance purposes. It was established that the Kirk was considerably underinsured and the cover has since been increased.The whitewash peeling away from the church walls within the church are being looked into by the Kirk Session and the opinion of a painter and decorator is being obtained. All work required outside the Kirk will be dealt with by the Oxnam Environmental Group and will form part of the bid for funding which of course includes the building of a toilet.