WRITTEN AND PUT TOGETHER BY THE BETHANY PRESS TEAM
...“At least this Bugle’s in tune!”... Issue 7
Getting a place of your own seems almost impossible Agatha
I have never seen such beauty As I gaze into your eyes, I am lost in the moment. My mind is a haze, I just can’t believe That I have been blessed. With you, my love You are my goddess. Every word you speak Is like scriptures of gold, Written in the heavens From the days of old. Steven Gibson
July/August 2007 By Jan McKenzie
So I have only had 1 offer of a flat in the past 3 years so I don‘t know where I stand in getting a place of my own. I phoned the housing office up. I asked them I think that the council has different ideas on how they where I stood in the waiting give people houses. I have list of getting a place of my own and how many points I been on the housing waiting list for 3 years. Out of had. I was told that I had over a hundred points and I the 3 years I have been offered 1 flat in Pilton, but was on silver priority... I was told that I could not apply I didn‘t take it as the flat for a ground or 1st ground was on the 11th floor. floor because I was not disThere are lifts but what if abled enough. they went down? I have health problems and if the lifts went down then I would have to walk up and down the stairs but I wouldn‘t be able to do that. Even the housing officer recommended me not taking it due to my health and the area also.
Even with my doctor backing my case up they will not change their minds. I really would like to know what the rules and regulations are for getting a flat as the council say that we are homeless. But then I was told that I am not homeless because I have
By Bill Young, a member of The Bugle team. Hello to the readers of the Bugle from the Press Team here at Jane street, Leith. We at the Bugle would like to invite you all to write to us on any issue you have or would like to be included in the next issue. We would also very much like to see you at our Press Office for a chat and a cup of tea and maybe write or do some art work for our magazine. Our address is 18 Jane Street, Leith (off Leith walk). We hope to hear from you or see you soon. All the best from the Bugle team.
a short lease tenancy. I would like some security and to get my independence so I can get on with my life. Included in this issue: Action for Employment; Proud of tattoos!; Stranger’s kindness; A mother’s love.
St Monan’s Kirk; Changes in Leith; Why volunteer?; Poetry from Mo.
Contributions from Fife.
Awesome air show; What gardening means to Mark; William Wallace; Doors of Bethany.
Thoughts on politics; Bethany Holiday; A story of domestic abuse.
Bethany sleep out; 12/13 Save the QE2; Dawn on College; Crossword challenge; Marcus the cat Photograph page; News on X factor and Charmed!
Faces of The Bugle Plus much, much more, open and see!!!
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My Time at A4E By Malcolm Brodie
Why should I not be proud of my tattoos? By Jenny Brown
I finished A4e on Friday 6th July. When I finished I was pleased as I found some aspects of the course a waste of my time. The reason I say this is that before going on the course I was working as a full-time volunteer with Bethany Christian Trust in their Duke Street shop. I was working five days a week but this had to stop when I started the course.
Some things were useful
Don‘t get me wrong some things about the course were useful, things like using the computers to do job search and getting help with interviews which was very useful as I had not been to an interview for sometime and I was not sure the best way to put myself across. When I was at A4e there where some people who had been there two to five It was just like the job clubs times without finding work. This is hard for me to underof old stand as the jobs were there all you had to do was to find them these people When I first started the course they said it was not were just messing about and a job club but I found that it winding people up. was just like the job clubs of I do not think I will be able old, they had new clients coming in every day so you to stay on the course a second time would go over the same thing every day. They would not give you any The people I have spoke to help with your job search if about A4e have also said you were not sure what job they did not understand would be best for you, they why the job centre keeps on were also some clients that sending them back when all were just there to make they do is get bored. This noise. This made it hard to makes them mess about and do job search as you could play up. Some people have not hear what was being said that I will be sent back said when the adviser was on the course if I do not find trying to help you. I was work so this is something I pleased when I returned to hope does not happen as I the Duke Street shop on do not think I will be able to placement as this was some- stay on the course a second thing I could do with out time. In fact, I would rather people making sly remarks give up my dole money and about other people and go without money than to staff on the course. go back on the course.
Discrimination is a much talked about subject. But whereas we now have laws against sex and colour discrimination, we do not as far as I know, have any laws against discrimination of tattooed people. I am a tattooed woman who has again, and not for the first time, been told to cover my tattoos. I am proud of my tattoos, why should I cover them? Why should we who are tattooed succumb to such a treatment? I find it upsetting and unreasonable to be degraded in this manner. Eddie Klimek: Funny Church announcements: “Bertha Belch, a missionary from Africa will be speaking tonight at The Calvary Memorial Church in Auchenshoogle. Come tonight and hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa”. Gerry McKenna’s bad chat up lines: “Hey gorgeous, you’re a thief! Yes you...Why? Because you have stolen my heart!”
Trusting in the Lord by Gordon Cameron Whosoever putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe. If you have never done before, put your trust in the Lord. He is trust worthy. He is a rock. There is no safer place to be than in His presence. In His presence there is fullness of joy. True happiness is found only in Him. You can trust the Lord in all things. He will supply all that we need.
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Snakes and Ladders By A.K.
Rescued by Angels The Kindness of Strangers
Homelessness raises many issues in a person‘s life and indeed lifestyle. One is almost completely locked into a system of benefits and housing benefit and to climb out of that whole ethos is particularly time-consuming and frustrating. The very act of getting a bank account can be a major issue and months of hard work. To get on the electoral roll can be a further source of frustration. Without a little determination, many people will just give up and accept the system they are in. To climb onto the bottom rung of the social ladder back to permanent employment requires the help of a battery of agencies and advisers to show what may be done. Be prepared for a constant period of frustration, probably of months rather than weeks. Housing benefit and employment are the two factors that seem almost insurmountable. If you work, no housing benefit and housing benefit if you don‘t work. After almost 7 months, there is a way out of this conundrum, 7 months of constant foot slogging round the city and being sent from pillar to post. Many would give up for an easy life as it does take a little determination and ingenuity to suffer the negativity and rejection which one will encounter from day one. Laocoon, after watching the sea-monsters eat his twin sons produced the timeless quote 'Timeo danaos et donna ferentes' which may fairly be translated as 'things ain't quite what they seem'.
Let me describe a core experience to you. I am a spiritualist, a medium, who is contacted by dead souls. I then try to pass on their messages. I‘ve always been aware of this quality in me. A few years ago, I was in the pub, drinking a lot. I had some drinks and was making my way home with two big heavy bags of shopping. As I was walking home I realised that I was extremely drunk. I was nearly home when I fell over and must have passed out. When I came to, I was sprawled on the ground, my arms outstretched in the shape of a cross. I‘m not sure how long I was out cold, but I feel that I died at that point and that my spirit left my body. I woke to find my shopping gone and my wallet stolen. I was just left with the keys to my front door. At that moment, a car pulled up with a man and a woman in their thirties. They asked me if I would like a lift home. I don‘t remember telling them where I lived, but they seemed to know anyway. They took me home and I don‘t remember thanking them or showing any gratitude.
A mum is God’s love in action She looks with her heart Feels with her eyes. A mum is a bank where her children Deposit all their worries and hurt A mum is the cement that keeps her family together. A mum’s love lasts a lifetime.
Can you say this quickly?
A year or so later, I realised that they saved my life, as I had been left for dead. I would say that they were in fact angels, although I know that might sound far-fetched to most people. I was rescued by angels. This experience is very important to me. Lots of similar things like this have happened to me in Edinburgh.
“The sixth sick sheikh's sixth sheep's sick”.
Here is an extract from a History of St Monan’s Kirk in Fife, written by Gerry McKenna. His history is a detailed description of the Kirk, but here is a shortened version, telling the stories behind the foundation of this amazing church, which is built right next to the sea! busy out on the Firth of Forth, Queen Margaret took a different boat from King David, so that they would not be recognised on the Firth. Whatever the truth, it is recorded history that David II asked Sir William Dishington of Ardross to build the church The complete cost seems to have been about 750 Scots pounds or groats. Work on the church is recorded to have been begun in The name of St Monance or St Monan‘s 1362. It is known that the roof timber wasseems to have come from an Irish mission- brought from Inverness and that the buildary, MONANUS, or MONANS or MONAN, ing was still in progress in 1370. whose shrine was situated at the mouth of the Inverie Burn. He probably came to East Fife about 832 in the company of Adrian In 1544 the church was burned by English and he is said to have been the first to invaders but the damage must have been preach the gospel in the Isle of May. It is repaired because in1646 it became the recorded that he was killed by Danish Parish church. invaders about AD875. St Monan‘s church was first used as the parish church on 27 December 1646. From 1646 until 1848 only the choir alone was St Monan‘s Church, is close to the shrine of used for worship and the main part of the the saint, and it is to King David II of Scot- building were all allowed to fall into disreland, who reigned from 1329 to 1371, pair. The worshippers brought their own that we owe the building as it now is al- creepies, which means chairs or stools. though some parts of the earlier church Close to the north wall a single pew raised might still remain. The King seems to have above the rest of the gallery was the built the church as a thank-offering, but Bailie‘s Loft, so the rich looked down on there are two different stories about the everyone else! particular occasion of his thankfulness. The four windows on the south wall of the The first story choir were originally the work of Dominiwhich may or cans but one of them, the second from the may not be left is a 19th century reproduction. true is where it says that King David II promised that if he survived two arrows which were in his body, he would build a stone church at the shrine of St Monance near the mouth of the Inverie Burn. The second story tells how the King sailed across the Forth to visit Ardross Castle and how he and the Queen, Margaret of Logie, were in terrible danger when a storm arrived. The king promised that he would build a church to St Monan if they reached the land in safety. As it was very
By the latter years of the 18 th century, the building had fallen into the dilapidated state In 1826 a thorough renovation began under the architectural direction of William Burn of Edinburgh.
Sunshine on Leith By Jimmy McCurdie I have lived in Leith for nearly 16-17 years and have noticed some changes, like the development of the Ocean terminal and the council getting rid of “ladies of the night” in The Shore and Salamander Street (for their own safety). I also heard that they are going to knock down the banana flats which are notorious for drink and drugs. I have also noticed an increase in population in Leith especially recently with the Polish people. I hope the new influx of people have a happy life in Leith and don’t feel any racism. I also heard they are building a new shopping village at Shrubhill. I have noticed a lot of change in Leith, some for the better and some for the worse.
“Lose your Fear!” Don‘t give up on yourself, a support worker will not, For your deepest worries, let them be forgot. If you think there‘s no way out, Seek help from Bethany Christian Trust, that‘s what they‘re about. They‘ll listen to you, they‘re sincere, Contact them now, prove your strength, lose your fear! Maureen Hodgson
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VOLUNTARY WORK – THE HIDDEN REWARDS By Eddie Klimek ―Och, why do it? –nuthin‘ in it fur me! I‘d make new contacts – you must exbe better getting‘ mungoed, blootered pand your network and jist sit wi‘ my Playstation‖. find an outlet for all that unspent nervous energy My reply to this reaction : Maybe‘s aye, maybe‘s naw. During my hostel period I discover your own self-worth – you often heard fellow residents complain DO make a difference! about being bored, having nowhere to go, no money, and so on. Next reply: learn new skills – some of which how often have you done someone a you never knew you had favour, and later been rewarded by a feel much better about yourself favour returned, especially when it came at a good and needed time? and not undervalue your worth There‘s a basic law at work here, my esteemed and venerable readers: effort brings results. FIAT VOLUNTAS TUA! (―Thy Will Be Done‖) ―Voluntary‖ means ―done by free will‖, ―done without payment‖, from a Latin word root which signifies ―will‖, as in the motto above. I‘ve done voluntary work for Bethany for about 6 months now; years ago I did voluntary and charity work for local causes using my guitar and musical connections for fundraising. It‘s a two-way process, trust me. Not only do you do good for others, but you actually store up credit points for your future. Good works get noticed and remembered, and people will mention you to others. You never know where that might lead. So, try not to think too much about cashin-hand, here and now. (Read Matt 6:19-21 as a guide). You‘ll earn respect and some cred. How? By volunteering you will:
pass the time of day without getting bored
be in company and not feel left out
gain a sense of belonging to a group or cause
WILL IT AFFECT MA DOLE? No! A booklet from the Jobcentre gives information on volunteering. It strongly advises doing voluntary work for experience, but you must still be available for interviews and declare all income gained or reclaimed. Funny thing that: politicians and councillors seem to get their claims passed and processed more easily than this! WHERE DO I START?
Check the library for leaflets on voluntary work; check the Internet for opportunities in Edinburgh – particularly at the West End just round from the clothing store. You‘ll be amazed at the breadth and variety of topics covered. Pop into the Learning Centre in Jane Street and use the resources there. Best of all, ask and talk with your support worker, Jobcentre advisor, or people I dinnae really think of it as ―work‖; I‘m who already do voluntary work! a voluntary Community Rep. for the ―Passing the Baton‖ scheme; I also volunteer my time, knowledge, skills and I hope this has whetted your appetite to abilities at the Learning Centre in Jane at least give volunteering a try – I‘m Street – costs me nothing, and I love glad I did – I‘ve met so many interesting helping out and it tests my own commu- people, including some high-heid yins in nication and coaching abilities; If ye the Council, as well as MP‘s; it‘s taken dinnae volunteer, ye dinnae find oot me to interesting places – the City Chambers and other Council departthings! ments; I‘ve taken part in fundraising concerts, given talks and presentations Think on this: no amount of training can publicising Bethany and what it does. Bottom line: I feel purposeful, confident prepare you for homelessness. and valuable, in a network of caring, supportive and interesting friends. But you – having been homeless – have an amazing amount of skill which you alone have had to learn by yourself; I often turn to the Book of Proverbs and ever think of passing this valuable ex- smile at those passages which warn perience on to others? Volunteering against laziness:makes you a team player, you get the ―Some men are so lazy they won‘t even chance to share your experience with feed themselves!‖ (Prov 19:24); others, whilst showing the real you, who has survived it all and become an active ―The lazy man longs for many things contributor. People listen to you, respect but his hands refuse to work. He is greedy to get, while the godly love to you and share with you. give!‖ (21:25-26); That‘s only some benefits. It‘s a good step into full-time employment, and looks good on your C.V. Employers prefer a trier. You get to know the organisation you intend working for, and they get a chance to see how you operate, with no overly formal ties.
Volunteering can benefit and train both you and the people you work with. It is develop the ―feelgood‖ factor not obligatory or mandatory – you can through your efforts quit if you don‘t like it. Ye‘ll be vibrant, and will always have something train yourself up to be in ―working buzzin‘ new to say. mode‖ for that final job
―The lazy man is full of excuses. ‗I can‘t go to work!‘ he says. ‗If I go outside I might meet a lion in the street and be killed!‘ ― (22:13); ―The lazy man won‘t go out and work….he sticks to his bed like a door to its hinges!‖ (26:13-16);
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Things Important in my Life
Janet Sutherland shares some of the passages from the Bible which have helped her in time of trouble
By Julie The toastie club helps homeless people get food. It‘s been going for more than five years in Dunfermline. It is a warm and friendly place. I started coming here about two years ago. I got to know about it through Bethany Trust Supporting People. When I first came I got made to feel welcome. The toasties are the best toasties in Dunfermline. Yesterday I had two toasties. I come to get out of my house and to get company and speak to people. I live myself in Dunfermline. I dinnae do very much, so it gets me out the house. At the moment I also volunteer for Homestart. I do that on a Thursday afternoon. It‘s work with kids under five. On a Thursday afternoon that have a family group. It just involves speaking to people, making them feel welcome, waking up the kids. I‘m not meant to do that, but I love playing with them. Homestart used to support me when I had Josh – when Josh was under five. I have a friend that comes to visit regularly. She‘s called Sharon. She helps me out a lot. If I‘ve got dishes lying in the sink she‘ll do them. She goes to the shops and we sometimes go to the pictures. She‘s somebody for me to talk to ken. She tells me all her problems and I tell her my problems.
Day by day God is our shelter always ready to help in times of trouble Psalm 46 verse 1
God has helped me through the times of trouble I have had in the past and I know he is beside me always
Jesus said come to me all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads and I will give you rest. Matthew 11 verse 28
When I am depressed and going through a lot of stress God knows how I am feeling and my Father helps me through this and my Father leads me in the right direction
Do not be afraid I am your God. Let nothing terrify you, I will make you strong and help you, I will protect you and save you. Isaiah 41 verse 10
I was afraid in the past because I had been through a lot in my past. I had a beautiful experience when I was at my wits end I was going to kill These are the most important things in my life at the myself. Then this vision came to me and it was beautiful, and it was our Father. And he said ―you moment. are one of my children and this is not the way to do this to yourself‖. And after that I knew God was there for me, He said I was too precious. God has got a plan for us At our toastie club we have a toastie church Every second Sunday anybody is welcome to come we have a chat and a roll and then we talk about Jesus and what he does for people. We then finish with prayer. It starts at 2pm and finishes at 3pm. Derrick Taylor Janet Sutherland
Dunfermline Women’s Group We have a women’s group on a Thursday afternoon. It starts at 1.30pm in the afternoon and finishes at 3pm We have a cuppa and a roll and we all sit down and have a chat. We also read magazines and talk about articles in the magazines and about what is happening on the TV and in the news, and we just chill out with our feet up. It’s really good so come along if you’re a woman! By Janet Sutherland
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When I was on the heroin By Michael Chalmers
Trying hard to come off heroin By John Walsh My name is John Walsh. I have got a heroin habit, but I am trying my hardest to come off it. I have got an appointment with the WEST FIFE DRUG TEAM who are an association that help people with DRUG and DRINKING problems. Another association that I have been told about is called the ADDICTION SERVICE - they also give you help to come off heroin. They give a substitution called METHADONE this has got the OPIATE this is the substation for the HEROIN. There a several different ways off taking Heroin these ways are by injecting or smoking. I inject HEROIN. I have been injecting for several years. The way that I got my HEROIN HABIT was my own fault. One of my friends gave me some Heroin in a needle and told me to try it. So I tried it and I liked it. I have got an appointment with THE WEST FIFE DRUG TEAM to get myself on a METHADONE SCRIPT. It will take me four to six weeks to get on my script. I can not wait to get on my script and get my life back together. This also means that my sister and brother in law will be back in touch with me. And I will be able to spend time with my nieces and nephews. I can‘t wait until I get on a script. I appreciate all the help I have been given to get on my script. Another place that has given me a lot off help and support is called the Toastie club. The people that work there give you as much help as they can. Another place that helps you is called OPEN DOOR FIFE . They are just the same as the Toastie club. When I get on my script my life will be back together. This was my story. Senses
My mother suffered from three brain tumours and sadly past away in 1998. They had managed to get ride of the biggest ones but the wee one was the one that killed her. I was only fourteen at the time and my big brother saw an opportunity to get someone to do his dirty work. I think I must have been a very easy target for him at that time. One day I was in his house and my partner Denise was there and saw it all. He offered me some heroin and I said no but for hours he asked me to try it and eventually I gave in to him. And so, before I knew it I was habited up and then he was getting me full of vales. He used to get me to go into shops and steal things for him, and if I didn‘t do what he told me then he would then try to batter me. At the time I looked up to him, but as time went on I started to realise that he was only looking out for himself and I started going my own way. Then I started going in and out of the jail, and to be honest, I thought the jail was great. But as I got older and wiser then my daughter came along, then I wanted to get myself sorted out and that got me of the kit and I can honestly say that it got me of the kit and I started getting my life sorted out. I am of the kit now and just started to get back into employment. Be thankful to the Lord psalm 92 verse 1 to 5 Everybody should be thankful to the Lord cause our father looks after us and keeps us safe. We should be thankful in every prayer, it is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening. I sing for joy because of what you have done o lord, what great miracles you do and I would like to thank you for what you have done for me. Love you loads. Janet Sutherland
No-one can hear
Derrick Taylor is a music fan. I like all sorts of
The leaves fall
music. My favourite band is Jerry Lee Lewis who came out in the 50s. I like Jerry Lee Lewis singing :
No-one can hear The cool breeze at all. No-one can smell The sight of defeat No-one can touch What it feels like to be me. By Steven Gibson
“Great balls of fire”, “Breathless”, “High School confidential” “My name is Jerry Lee Lewis” and “I come from Tennessee”. I listen to Jerry Lee Lewis once a day every day. Derrick Taylor
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Emma’s Interview with the Rev. Craig Sayle of Abbeyhill Baptist church How did you become a minister? When I was nineteen I was playing American football, or as some people here call it ―rugby for girls!‖. It was paying for my education and my roommate was a passionate Christian. One day he asked me to go to a Christian group, but I said No. But then he said it was a great way to meet girls, so I said ―OK I‘ll go!‖ So I heard the gospel. Then one night I was reading the Bible in a hotel room and God grabbed my life. I immediately asked him what He wanted, and got the message He wanted me to be a minister. I was working part time at a large church of 20,000, and I helped with the 13 and 14 year olds. There were a thousand of them!! How did you decide on Scotland? Well Scotland decided on us. We were searching universities and a good friend suggested the University of Edinburgh. But before we left, my wife got real scared. We‘d sold everything and we were going without a job. So we asked God for confirmation. Then, while packing, an old writing journal fell out and my wife opened it at an unfinished page. She‘d been writing in it eight years before as she was flying over Scotland on her way to Russia in 1991. Suddenly she had felt God telling her she‘d know the country below her. It was so powerful she had tears and she stopped writing and put her journal away. It was that very same page that opened up eight years later! This was God‘s confirmation and so here we are! Tell me what’s going on at the church. There is a parents and toddlers group. Fifteen mums and a few dads attend, kids have fun, parents enjoy themselves. We want to create a good place for people. Trouble is people hide in their flats these days. We want people to feel part of a community. We also have a group called ―Young at Heart‖ for older people, brings folks together who have no outlets, sometimes we have outings, got a boat trip planned, and people are encouraged to bring friends. We sing, have games. We‘ve also got an art club, with a couple of kids involved. We see many needs, and we see it all tied together, I think Jesus saw it tied together as well. That‘s what we want to do, create a community that cares, this leads to relationships like family, the family of the church. Mark Small
My Day at the Air Show by Bill Young One day last year I went to RAF Leuchers in Fife with my daughter and her partner and my two grandchildren to see the Air Show. The day turned out to be one of the best days out I have had in my life. We left home at about eight thirty in the morning to miss the traffic and to get there for the start of the show at ten o‘clock We arrived just on ten and as we walked from the car park the show started with the new Euro Fighter taking to the skies with a tremendous roar from its engines. The pilot put the plane through its paces twisting, climbing, diving, also flying very low along the centre of the runway.
Nine in the sky, it’s as easy as pie! We were there for eight hours and there was always something in the sky putting on a display, whether it was jets, helicopters, a Spitfire or Hurricanes. The air displays were put on by pilots and planes from various different countries. The Red Arrows were there and put on a show that was so spectacular that to try and write about it would not do it justice. There were planes on the ground for people to have a close look at from all over. The largest aircraft came from America and these planes are not just big but huge. There was a fun fair and stalls of every kind and a wide range of food vans to get something to eat from- hot dogs, steaks, crepes, hamburgers, fajitas, doughnuts, ice cream and last but not least a beer tent. I could recommend it to anyone who gets the chance to go in the future. It is a must-see and do day out. I like gardening because it reminds me of the things I need to change within myself. When you first start you have to see what’s got to go, and what will do. But when you start turning over the earth all sorts of things come up with it, and like all things bad they are deep rooted and continuous. Mark Small.
Through the doors of Bethany
In a follow up from his article in the last issue, James Herron looks forward to his new life, and reflects on his time at Bethany House. Walking through the doors of Bethany House, Saturday night, with all I had in a bag. I had a hangover from the night before so I wasn‘t at my best, as you can imagine. The first friendly face was Dougie and I was thankful he handled the situation with good heart. I was shown to my room and the bed was so comfortable, it was like the biggest and most comfortable bed I had ever slept in. I curled up my body and had a feeling of being safe. Garry gave me an interview the next day. He has shown me that there are Christians who really do care when things are difficult.
Photo by Bob Ross
The next step was to sign on, but it never happened, I got a job. So began my new life, being around people like Kevin, Garry and of course Alex my addiction worker. Bethany House is a safe haven to take a moment to re-evaluate your life and take all the help one needs to start a fresh life with positive things in place. The staff go out of their way to make life more fulfilling and worthwhile. There is so much kindness in Bethany House, it is overwhelming at times. It‘s not the end, it‘s the beginning.
Malcolm Kerr explains why he considers William Wallace a true hero. With photographs by Lisa Burrell.
William Wallace was one of the greatest hero‘s in Scotland‘s history. He was born around 1276, although people don‘t know exactly when, or even where he was born. While a teenager William got educated in the church. During this time his father, Sir Malcolm Wallace, was hiding from the English because he had refused to support King Edward I (Longshanks). He was eventually killed in a battle at Loudoun Hill in 1291. The death of his father was the beginning of William‘s true hatred of the King and English rule. William‘s anger against Edward and his rule became a crusade when his sweetheart was killed by an English sheriff. William got revenge, killing the sheriff, and so became an outlaw in his own country. From then on, William Wallace was leader of the Scottish fight for independence.
My key worker was Kevin, he played a big part in my stay at Bethany. Renata is one of the staff who is just so full of energy and has a caring nature, and Jenny has always got time to make you feel good about yourself. Knowing everyone in Bethany House is such a pleasure in my life. The Lord is truly in control of my life and my well being. There is so much I want to say but only so much you can write in one article for the ―Bugle‖. Now I have my place to stay and I‘m working. My pastor at Leith Baptist Church and his wife Jean are a blessing in my life. There is a community within Leith Baptist Church which is a joy to be a part of. My friend John has also been helped by people at Bethany and would like people to know he is reunited with his family again.
Statue of William Wallace at Edinburgh Castle Photo by Lisa Burrell
By 1297, Wallace was in control of most of Scotland. His battles were the stuff of legends. Although outnumbered, his army was able to defeat the English army at Stirling Bridge, using clever tactics. This victory drove the English out of Scotland for a while. Longshanks took six years to reclaim Scotland from the resistance, and in 1305, William Wallace was captured and taken to trial in London, where he was convicted of treason and brutally executed. But his memory still lives on in the minds of Scottish people and his message of freedom will never be forgotten.
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MY THOUGHT ON POLITICS BY JAN MCKENZIE
Sometimes I do not understand what the government are talking about. Sometimes they talk sense and then sometimes they talk a lot of rubbish. They come out with long fancy words that people may not understand. I know that I don‘t understand things half of the time. When it comes to the Budget they make a lot of changes and then other MPs moan about the First Minster on about things. There are different parties that don‘t agree on a lot of things and then again they do. They do change a lot of things. I wish that they would not change it all the time. The one thing that I don‘t like that they keep changing the rules about local housing. I have been on the housing list for 4 years and have only had one offer. I don‘t know why this is. I will be voting on the 3rd of May but I don‘t know who I will be voting for until the day. When they are in the House of Commons they all shout and moan about the other members when they are standing up and talking to the house. The chair person then has to step in and shout ―Order. Order.‖ They all seem to laugh at each other also. When I hear and see that it sometimes makes me laugh or it makes me annoyed at it.
Lisa, you don’t know me and I don’t know you I read your story in the Bugle, you have your pride back too. You sound very nice and accepted the Lord as well, Keep up the good work and be proud of yourself. Everyone at Bethany and the Lord was there To help you through difficult times, because you’re a special person and so many care. You are so strong within From Mo Dear Mo, Lisa Sturrock here. I just wanted to say thank you for your letter regarding my story in the Bugle magazine. I’m trying to get on with my life as best as I can and I can honestly say my past is where it belongs. I’m still off illicit drugs and I will get there. Thanks again for your kind letter -- it means a lot to me. Take care. Regards Lisa Sturrock Enjoy the next issue of the Bugle!
BETHANY SUPPORTED HOUSINGS Among those trips included a day out is usually cod, ―Ling‖ (a sort of eel) & in Dundee (13 miles south of Ar- ―Cole fish‖—but not the famous TRIP TO broath), where we saw Scott of the ―Arbroath Smokies‖ (Herring). ArARBROATH 1-6-07— 8-6-07. See Photos on the back page!
We all arrived in the van, eventually, at the ―Windmill Christian Centre‖. After giving us her list of ―Do‘s & Don‘ts‖, our charming Hostess, Dorothy, more or less left us to it for the week. There were 12 or 13 of us ―Clients‖ on the holiday, and generally speaking, we all got along well. Even new friendships were actually formed, and I think they will endure. The day after we arrived, Saturday 2nd June, we went for our first day out to a local Country Park for a barb-q. That day probably turned out to be the coldest, but the park was beautiful with stunning woodland to explore and squirrels to be spotted. Everyone took their respective turns with the cooking of the main meals & sandwich making for trips out.
Antarctic‘s ship ―The Discovery‖, now in broath Smokies are so-called because permanent dry dock in the City Cen- of the way they are treated & ―Hot Smoked‖ in Arbroath, but the fish tre. Later in the week we descended upon themselves are brought down from St. Andrews—I believe they play a bit Aberdeen where they are caught. of golf here!--and some of us elected Malcolm Kerr was the first of our numto visit the medieval Castle & Cathe- ber to catch a cod--& then promptly dral, others went to the Towns Aquar- felt sick! James caught a magnificent four, & in all we bagged nine cod. ium. That evening we cancelled the stew A walk along the cliff path on that we had planned to have, and had Wednesday morning for some of us cod in lemon with new potatoes inwas a delight. The weather at last was stead; Yummy! warm and the sunshine glistened on a tranquil sea. Two ―Support Workers‖, I think that out of all of us, Jimmy Johnny & ―American Mike‖, chose to McCurdie probably enjoyed the holiwalk at the bottom of the cliffs as we day the most. The Centre where we strolled at the top. With the tide stayed often echoed with the sound of slowly coming in, & no obvious way his laughter. back up to where we stood, laughing, Friday, 8th June was pack-up & cleanit looked for a while that we might just up day as our break away had come lose two Support Workers in one go! to an end. It had been a good week, But alas, no. Eventually they both with nice experiences & lots of fun. In September the ―Bethany Girl Clients‖ found their way back to us safely. Thursday, our last full day in Arbroath, will be staying in Arbroath too. If was sea fishing day. The catch locally, their stay there is anything like ours was, they‘ll have a really good time.
THIS IS MY STORY OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE/ABUSE.
drink with his mate and brother, he ordered me to make him something to eat and all I said to him was ―manners don‘t cost you anything‖ . Well he got up and smacked me so hard I landed half way across the room. I was so embarrassed I took myself through to the bedroom.
My name is Rose Hood. I am 42 yrs old and I have three kids. I did have four but unfortunately I lost a child when I was 18. His name was James. I lost this child due to an abusive partner, but it all started off as a great true romance.
The next day he asked why I was so quiet and all I could do was look at him in a way I thought would make him know he had done wrong, but instead he hit me again. I stood up and said to him ―I‘m leaving, I don‘t deserve this‖.
He was 4 years older than me and I thought he was the best thing in my life at that time. I met him when I was 15 he was 19, we stayed in the same street and I was friends with his sister. By the time I was 16 problems were happening at home with my mum and her boyfriend, I didn‘t see eye to eye with my mums boyfriend , and to be honest I didn‘t really have a good relationship with my mum either.
Me being in love, I believed him
But that‘s another story. I ended up having to leave because my mum’s boyfriend hit me Anyway I ended up having to leave home because mum‘s boyfriend hit me with a belt. I gave her an ultimatum, either she got shot of him or I leave. She turned to me and said well I guess you had better pack your bags he is not going anywhere! At that moment I just wanted the ground to open up and swallow me, my stomach was aching.
lently sick I ran to the bathroom sat on the pan and screamed like I‘ve never screamed before the blood just gushed from me the pain soared through me like a train in full steam, I was rushed to the hospital ..that was the last straw From that horrible day bad news followed on and on to this day I still don‘t know why I forgave him but we tried to make things work. He would continue to beat me I would continue to forgive him he would mess me about with woman. He even had a thing for my best friend, I think that for me was the last straw.
As I was packing my bags he came through the room and pleaded with me not to go and that he would never hit me again and that he was so sorry. Me being in love I believed him. A few months had passed and we were getting on like a house on fire, it was great I felt like the luckiest girl in the world.
I tried to take my own life no one knew because it never worked I never took enough tablets to kill myself, but I did end up in the hospital , a psychiatrist came to see me and asked why did I try to take my own life. I told them it was a mistake as I was on medication at the time, and had taken too much as I was having a couple of small glasses of wine, and that‘s how I ended up in the situation of the hospital thinking I Time passed so quickly, we were going had taken an overdose. out for meals, to the pictures and all After a day in hospital they let me sorts of nice things. We were doing everything together, by the time I was home but sent a letter to my GP stating 17 we had been sleeping together the that it was an overdose I could have first chance we could when no one was taken it further about them saying that in the house or when I was baby sitting to my GP but truly I would be lying to myself. for his sister, it was fantastic. It’s a true saying that love is blind Then it all started to go wrong again. I missed a period, although I was on the pill I still fell pregnant. J was happy but I wasn‘t too sure as we were starting to have small arguments which got bigger and bigger, worse and worse.
I made it on my own for some time, it was great
After I arrived home I got into a hot bath and just cried until there were no more tears I could cry. That same day I I felt sick, here was a woman I had packed my bags J was at work his looked up to most of my life and yet sister was at the shops so I said goodshe was telling me to leave. Although I bye to his dad but he was unaware of was sixteen I saw myself as still a child. It started with little hits then if I didn‘t what was happening as I always kept So I packed all my belongings and have his tea ready in time for him sitthings to myself or made up lies about went over to my friend‘s and asked if I ting in the chair he would throw it at the the black eyes and bruises I had. But could stay and she was ok with that. J wall or over me. Most of the time it was deep down I think everyone knew but and I were even closer now as we were me that got it but being in love you tell didn‘t say that‘s what annoyed me too. under the same roof. yourself that they will change, it‘s a true saying that love is blind. I left, went to the council got a house We didn‘t share a bed or anything like the next day, back then it was so easy that. By the time I was 16 and a half Anyway on 16th of June, while I was to get a house I made it on my own for small niggily arguments started I can still pregnant J started his violence some time it was great I met someone always remember the first time he hit again, but this time he hit me over the else but that my friends is another me. back with a brush. He hit me that hard story….. the brush broke in two, the pain that ran through my body made me vioIt was a Friday he had been out for a
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It takes Bethany to feed the homeless. But where is the government when you need them? Malcolm’s interview with Claire Durham, Fundraiser, Events and Promotions for Bethany Christian Trust. As part of Malcolm Kerr’s research into the Bethany Christian Trust organisation, he spoke to Claire, who has responsibility, in particular, for the annual Bethany Sleepout. Tell us a bit about the sleep out please. We run the Sleepout event as a fundraiser but also to raise awareness of homelessness and of the work of the Bethany organisation itself. We also have a sponsored walk in September. This year‘s event, in April, was our biggest so far, 140 people took part, and we have pledges of money from sponsorship of £9,500. We run it for supporters and it is the sort of event that can be as big as the interest in it. This year we held the event in the quad of the City Chambers on the High Street. This enclosed space makes it relatively safe. We had coffee, tea and soup on hand and offered indoor facilities. We are not recreating all the conditions rough sleepers face, but those who take part are in sympathy with those sleeping rough.
In the course of the night Bethany gives a talk to those participating. It generates interest in people who might then become involved in the sort of work Bethany does. Those who take part in the Sleepout come from all age groups: from those in their early teens up to people in their 70s. Lots of school and church
groups get involved as well as individuals. Anybody can come along including people from our hostels who have been homeless. Can rough sleepers ever approach those taking part in the event and ask for help there and then? Could they be helped on the spot? Bethany could direct them to services immediately, advising on emergency accommodation. What about the most vulnerable of all, really young people. Who was the youngest homeless person you have come across? Bethany has an underage limit of 16. On the Sleepout some people, as young as 12, accompanied by adults take part. If anyone this young approached the sleepout as a rough sleeper, Bethany would have to contact the Social Work department, as they are still children. What about the press interest? Did the media cover it? This year the Sleepout included a Media Studies student who researched the event. The press releases tend not to be of interest until the day of the Sleepout itself. Malcolm feels very grateful to Bethany, feels he was saved by them when he would not have otherwise survived. Malcolm wonders if this vital work is also covered by the government, or is it left to Bethany? Malcolm feels inspired to try to raise the profile of homeless people. He would like to be involved in next year’s event, and perhaps report on it and experience it for himself.
My journey at College, (NC in Social Care, Telford) My time at college has been both good and hard. Building my confidence has been the best thing as well as meeting new people, making new friends. The course builds up as it goes along and the work becomes heavier, so I had to concentrate on the things I wanted to do. It was a challenge because of all the reading and writing. In order to finish my Communications 2, I have to do a talk. I‘m going to talk about my placement at the Monday lunch club at the Acorn centre, two days a week from November to June. I would recommend this course to someone who is outgoing and patient. Understanding is also a quality you will need. Support is available for those who want it and your tutor will also help you. My next plan is to next do Working in the Community because that links in to what I‘d like to do in the future.
Save the QE2 By Bruce Lyon It was with real displeasure that I read of the apparent sale of the QE2 to a Gulf state. I believe this is a grave mistake. The ship may have its faults but it is still a British ship. I am sure these faults could be sorted out in a British shipyard.
James Herron offers you a challenge! Be the first to complete this crossword and get a prize and a mention in the next Bugle!!! ACROSS 1. Tay Bridge or Titanic calamity? (8) 5. God is a confused vole? (4)
1. Sod men about in the underworld – goblins!
8. I maim Vice detective series in reverse? (5)
9. Wee Vivian? (2) 11.High (4)
3. Will go roond and roond, like 32, across?
4. Farthest out, away from centre. Politician? (7)
14.Iniquity we commit (3)
6. Popeye‘s girlfriend? (5)
16. I, sounds like a musical note (2)
7. Preliminary, trial and error basis (12)
17. Wee thumb? (3) 18. Wee thanks from Territiorial Army? (2)
10. Appetiser(7) 12. Japanese town (4)
19. Certain deodorant? Definite! (4)
15. African warrior (4)
21.Put up with rude East and North? (6)
16. He led people out of Egypt (5)
24. A perfume of Christ going up to Heaven? (6) 26. Ruse for an internet sign-on name? (4) 27. Involve, result in East North appendage? (6)
This crossword by James is dedicated to his mum and dad, Charlie and Anne Pretty.
17. Kids‘ house above ground? (4) 18. untouchable land (3,5,4) 20. Scarcer than hens‘ teeth? Right Reverends are! (5) 22. Finished, completed. (4) 23. People in a marathon, sprinters (7)
29. Adam‘s mate. (3)
25. Felines (4)
30. Close, not far. (4)
28. It stores music. (4)
34. Solicitor (6)
31. Morning (2)
36. Car from a lad? (4)
32. Turn this on for water (3)
38. College of backward note? (4)
33. Not Dolly the sheep! (6)
39. Wee fish – called Jack? (5)
35. Scottish town, or not (5)
40. Pitch mixed from 38? (4)
37. can be narrow or wide (4)
41. Her name‘s crazy hat Kneel (8)
By Fiona MacKenzie
Marcus I have a cat called Marcus and he runs about daft at night. He does this when I am trying to sleep. He likes to jump up at the window. He makes a funny noise when he sees the birds and wags his tail. When he is sleeping he is dreaming about things. I know this because his paws shake! When he wakes up he miaows , hisses and jumps off the couch. Marcus is a tabby cat. His fur is white, ginger, grey and brown. When I colour in he jumps up. Then he pushes his head at me to get attention at the wrong time. Marcus jumps on my knee and then he purrs happily. He likes to be stroked under his chin and behind his ears. He likes to sleep on my bed at night, next to me. He eats dried food and he likes a treat. He has tuna fish and he thoroughly enjoys it! When I had a sausage roll yesterday he was looking at me and had his paw as if to say, give me some of that!
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“End of the Day” By Les Cameron
“This is a photograph of Newhaven Harbour. It took me three hours to get this picture. I waited until the last light and chose Newhaven because it seemed so peaceful. I wanted to capture the end of the day.”
Lisa’s portfolio of photos includes some on the theme of waste. With these photographs she asks the question: “The throw away society! Is modern living making us better people?”
“Then and Now” By Bob Ross
Bob is photographing the city to see how it’s changed over the last 100 years. This is the view of the foot of Leith Walk 100 years apart. Today buses have replaced the trams and horse drawn carts. The buildings look much the same, except the tower block. Also note the different lamp posts. It seems a quiet day in the modern photo, but maybe that’s because it’s raining! Old photo with thanks to Peter Stubbs
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Julie Cranston news
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Who is she?
The set comes in a fab leather Audition time 09:00 to 12:00 treasure charmed- the final chapter featuring 12 songs from I’m going to wear blue jeans, green blouse and boots. season eight, the CD is a must for charmed fans!
Mon Ami M’A Quittee That’s The Way It Is and When The Wrong One Loves You Right and I'm Your Angel -Duet With R Kelly Goodbye's
the way it is” by Celine Dion
Celine Dion she writes song lyrics and sings How long has she been a singer? 27 years she’s been a singer What are the best songs?
Lyrics to That’s The Way It Is is one I am song at the x factor I can read your mind and I know your story I see what youre going through Its an uphill climb, and Im feeling sorry But I know it will come to you
WESTLIFE Who are they? Pop group who write song lyrics How long have they been together? 6 years they been together but they were 5 in the group but now only 4 in the group Who is in the group? Nicky Burne and Shane Filan and Kian Egan Egan and Mark Feehily and former member is Brain McFadden What are this best songs? ―My love‖ and ―Uptown girl‖ and ―Against all adds‖ and ―Total eclipse of the heart‖ and ―All out of love‖ STEPS Who are they? Pop group who write song lyrics How long have they been together? 9 years they have been together Who is in the group? Claire Richards and Faye Tozer and Ian H Watkins and Lee Latchford Evans and Lisa Scott-Lee What are this best songs? ―Just Like The First Time‖ and ―Lay All Your Love On Me ―and ―I Know Him So Well‖ and ―Human Touch‖ and ―It's The Way You Make Me Feel‖ and ―Chain Reaction‖ H&Claire albums: ―Another you‖, ―Another me‖ Lisa Scott-Lee albums: ―Lately‖ Faye Tozer: ―Someone Like You‖
Dont surrender cause you can win In this thing called love When you want it the most theres no easy way out When youre ready to go and your hearts left in doubt Dont give up on your faith Love comes to those who believe it And thats the way it is When you question me for a simple answer I dont know what to say, no But its plain to see, if you stick together Youre gonna find a way, yeah So dont surrender cause you can win In this thing called love When you want it the most theres no easy way out When youre ready to go and your hearts left in doubt Dont give up on your faith Love comes to those who believe it And thats the way it is When life is empty with no tomorrow And loneliness starts to call Baby, dont worry, forget your sorrow cause loves gonna conquer it all, all When you want it the most theres no easy way out When youre ready to go and your hearts left in doubt Dont give up on your faith Love comes to those who believe it And thats the way it is When you want it the most theres no easy way out When youre ready to go and your hearts left in doubt Dont give up on your faith Love comes to those who believe it And thats the way it is Thats the way it is Thats the way it is, babe Dont give up on your faith Love comes to those who believe it And thats the way it is.
What is the Bugle? Mark Keith
Well the dictionary says that it is a musical instrument like a small trumpet. Our Bugle is a bi-monthly magazine. The magazine is in its infancy. As beginners we at The Bugle are first learning our trade as reporters, editors or just plain gofers. In time we hope The Bugle will become a much read and much sought after local magazine that people will enjoy and discuss until the next issue.
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Photos from the Bethany Supported Housing trip to Arbroath . Photos by Jimmy McCurdie
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Published on Dec 18, 2011