Kenneth Peat Forrest

Obituary: Kenneth Peat Forrest, civil servant and minister who lunched with Fidel Castro

Kenneth Peat Forrest, who has died aged 75, was a senior civil servant and minister of the Church of Scotland. He was born in 1942 and brought up along with his brother Gordon by his deeply devout Christian parents in Dennistoun, Glasgow. He attended Alexandra Parade Primary School and Whitehill Secondary and studied chemistry at […]

David Cressey

New chief executive for Scottish Churches Housing Action

Scottish Churches Housing Action (SCHA) has announced the appointment of David Cressey to succeed the long-standing chief executive Alastair Cameron on his retirement. Currently programme manager with Forest Enterprise Scotland, David has a background in housing, initially in Lincolnshire, and subsequently with Scottish Borders Council, where he worked on strategy for housing, economic development and community planning. He […]

Alan Ross

Obituary: Alan Ross, Church of Scotland minister, accountant

Alan Ross, a retired minister of the Church of Scotland died suddenly on 3 December while on holiday with his wife Kay in Cyprus. Born in Renfrew to Hubert and Isa Ross, he was the younger brother of Millie. On leaving school, he took up an apprenticeship with Wilson Sterling, Chartered Accountants, in Glasgow, qualifying […]

East Lothian homelessness retail shop celebrates 20 years

East Lothian homelessness retail shop celebrates 20 years

The Bethany shop in Gullane, one of several retail shops run by homelessness charity Bethany Christian Trust, will celebrate 20 years on January 17. But this is not just your average charity shop; it’s a community hub where people from around the area can come in and feel welcome. Twenty years ago, the shop opened […]

Rosslyn Chapel detail

Rosslyn Chapel visitor numbers reach record breaking high

Rosslyn Chapel has reported a record breaking year – with more people visiting the site than in 2006, when the Da Vinci code film was released, catapulting the 15th century chapel into the international spotlight. Just over 181,700 paying visitors bought tickets to visit Rosslyn last year, according to the Trust which manages it, smashing […]

Buckfast sales hit record high with monks raking in £43million from the tonic wine

Buckfast sales hit record high with monks raking in £43million from the tonic wine

Monks who make Buckfast tonic wine have raked in more than £43 million in the past year, new figures have revealed. Sales of the caffeine-fuelled wine rose three per cent, from £41.9million to a record high of £43.2 million, as punters continue to enjoy the controversial tipple J Chandler and Co, the company that distributes […]

Lewis islanders strike back over Star Wars Sunday cinema

Lewis islanders strike back over Star Wars Sunday cinema

When the curtain goes up on a screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi on the Isle of Lewis this month the sound of intergalactic conflict is likely to be drowned out by an unholy row*. On a Hebridean island notorious for its stern-faced Sabbatarianism*, the latest instalment of the Star Wars’ franchise is to […]

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia

‘Sickness has infected the Catholic church in Scotland: Not an ounce of compassion shown to survivors of sex abuse’

The dawn of the new year brought with it an old tale with some familiar themes for the Catholic church in Scotland, writes Kevin McKenna in the Guardian. These included an attitude towards some of its most vulnerable and damaged members that bordered on callous. It was revealed that more than two years after the […]

Heather Zajac

New development manager for Scottish Churches Housing Action

Scottish Churches Housing Action has welcomed Heather Zajac as its new development manager as 2018 gets underway. Heather has experience in volunteer co-ordination with Fresh Start in Edinburgh, and more recently as Scottish social networks co-ordinator with the Rock Trust. Alastair Cameron, SCHA chief executive, said: “We’re delighted to bring Heather into the team. She’ll be making […]

Social Bite fundraising campaign tops £4m for homelessness in Scotland

Social Bite fundraising campaign tops £4m for homelessness in Scotland

A festive fundraising campaign to tackle homelessness in Scotland which saw thousands of people sleep rough for a night in Edinburgh has raised more than £4 million. Social Bite raised the money through its Sleep in the Park event in December and an appeal for £5 donations for meals. The charity’s cafes in Edinburgh, Glasgow […]

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