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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 […]

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 […]

Lost Edinburgh churches: then and now

The last few generations have not been kind to Edinburgh’s ecclesiastical architecture. Shifting demographics, dwindling congregations and other societal factors have seen scores of church buildings fall by the wayside. Sadly few of the replacements can match the sheer majesty and inherent beauty of what had gone before. We’ve scoured the archives to provide you […]

Rev Laurence Twaddle

North Berwick High School pupils unhappy at ‘Christian’ assemblies

Hundreds of pupils at North Berwick High School have signed a petition demanding an end to Christian assemblies in the school. The move comes after some students raised concerns regarding the claim that no other religions were represented at school assemblies, saying they should either all feature, or be scrapped completely. One student involved in […]

Rev Louise Duncan

Popular Kirk minister Rev Louise Duncan dies of cancer two days after last service

A much-loved minister lost her fight against cancer just two days after attending her final church service. Hundreds of people are expected to pack out Balerno Parish Church today to pay their respects to Rev Louise Duncan, who was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer known as Chondrosarcoma in August. Despite the disease […]

Father Andy Monaghan

Forth 2 radio presenter priest under investigation after two women accuse him of lewd behaviour

A priest who once worked as a radio agony uncle is under investigation after two women accused him of lewd behaviour. Father Andy Monaghan, 72, was banned from his Midlothian parish by the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh while the historic claims – which date back more than 36 years – are investigated. Police […]

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