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The ...“At least this Bugle’s in tune!”... Issue 17

Winter 2009/10


Making a Difference

Christmas is a time of real contrasts. For some it is a wonderful family time, an opportunity to spend time with loved ones, share gifts and enjoy the festive atmosphere. Other people view the approach of Christmas with dread. It can be a time when loneliness is felt most keenly, a time when the pressure to buy can undermine the pleasure of giving. In this issue we look at Christmas from many different viewpoints, but we believe we can all make a difference, a positive difference, to people’s lives, including our own, by doing simple things.

Wha' is my shepherd weel I ken The Lord himsel' is he: He leads me whaur the girse is green An' burnies quiet that be.

Ilk comfort whilk a sheep could need His thoghtfu' care provides: Tho' wolves an' dogs may prowl aboot In safety me He hides.

Aft times I fain astray wad gang An wann'r far awa': He fin's me oot, he pits me richt An' brings me hame an' a'.

His guidness an' his mercy baith Nae doot will bide wi' He While fallded on the fields o' time Or o' eternity.

Tho I pass through the gruesome cleuch Fin' I ken He is near: His muckle crook will me defen' Sae I ha'e nocht to fear.

Verse chosen by Gerry McKenna Written By John Moir

A partridge in a pear tree

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Two turtle doves

How we can all make a difference By Beth Showing a good example, regardless, can cause people to show themselves for what they really are. It can also expose the problems they have that make them behave in a particular way. When my brother was at secondary school he was shouted at by a teacher for no reason. In fact, the teacher was so angry with him that it did not seem she could calm down. My brother then became angry and shouted back at the teacher and got himself a detention. Even when my brother got home he spoke to our mother about the situation with anger. But my mother didn't just tell him to go back and say sorry, but also to buy the teacher something nice as well. My brother could not see the point in it and disagreed, and after a long time my mother wore him down. The next day my brother took a box of chocolates my mother had bought, and went reluctantly to school. He waited until the end of class, when all the other children had left the room to make his move. He told the teacher that he was sorry and presented the box of chocolates to her. She was so touched that she thanked him more than once which made my brother feel good. One day my mother told my brother that she had spoken to his teacher she was shocked at what she heard. The teacher told her that she had a phone call some time before she gave my brother the detention, she was told that there was a car crash in which her husband and child had died. She was overwhelmed and could not concentrate on doing her work properly and took it out on some students including my brother. I told you this story to help you to understand how some people take things out on others and regret it later. Maybe someone you know has changed towards you, perhaps they shouted at you for no reason and you shouted back. Maybe some teacher at your school was more angry than usual and shouted at you or gave you a detention. Maybe a relative, or a parent at your child's school was seemingly angry without a cause. Does it help when you treat them how they treated you, or did you wonder what caused them to be angry in the first place?

not fire, to put it out. You can cause a worse situation, or make a bad situation worse by your retaliation. "A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered", Proverbs 17:27. By acting according to the above, you can start to gain greater understanding. You have already heard the phrase "practice makes perfect" and we know that you can learn by experience, just as a scientist learns from doing experiments. When you act with self-control, treating people how you would like to be treated, by the outcome you will learn that you have done the right thing. Some people harden themselves on the outside when they are really soft inside. It is the gentle and understanding approach that often breaks that hard surface, getting to the heart and causing them to share the problem, bringing them that much closer to relief and a change in attitude. It just takes someone who treats others well, even though they might not have treated you well. To put it another way, the nicer someone is the harder it is for some people to keep being bad to them. When you show yourself to be understanding and even-tempered, others start to confide in you, when otherwise they might be the same ones who treat you badly. So, understanding that problems in life can make us act differently towards others, we must also understand how our character is built. Character is built strongest by perseverance. The word persevere means to carry on in spite of difficulties. But it is when we carry on in humility and Betrayal self-control that we build our character - this is true perby Ally Mitchell severance! So one must realise that we need these trials, I loved you so much, gave my allBut when you these difficulties to strengthen ourselves. life wasyou good and I stood build yourOur character, must first havetall a solid foundation to build onYou - like with anything that is built. packed a bag and went awayThis is where the Bible Icomes in, for without these principles pleaded with you , please just stay and guidelines it will be extremely difficult to build a good characMy words they fell on deaf ears ter that will last.

I felt lost and full of fears. Why couldn’t youthe have stayed This is how we understand parable andand proverb of the talked foolish man who built his house on the sand and the wise You his have youthe juststorm walked man who built on no thereasons, rock. When came, the

house that was built on the week foundation (the sand) colMy daughter, you took her away lapsed, but the one built on the strong foundation (on the I’ve never seen her to this day rock) survived. If you want to build on a good foundation, I pray one day she’ll come my way why not build according to the words of God in the Bible. And God’s grace she mayhestay? God gave us hiswith words to live by because loves us and know thatLife we will be sturdy and strong if we goes on and heals with time obey them. In The Bible say "a gentle answer turns away wrath, but a fact, just Itlike house builtthat on the feltthat good to know yourock, werewe will be unharsh word stirs up anger" in the book of Proverbs chapter shakable in the storm, unshakable in bad times - when mine 15 verse 1 (Prov. 15:1). Have you ever thought that by antimes are hard we will be strong enough to deal with it, and Life has its ups and downs, that’s true swering an angry person calmly takes away the edge, or the not even be saddened by bad news. rage of anger. Anger breeds anger as surely as violence Now I’m no longer feeling blue. breeds violence. Rather, where there is fire you use water,

A Heartbroken Dad

Three French hens

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It could be lonely this Christmas. Christmas for many can be a very lonely time of year, while for others it‟s a happy, warm ecstatic time celebrating with family and friends. At times like this while we are enjoying the merriment and camaraderie we often forget about others who are less fortunate, they may be alone over Christmas, have no family and friends and feeling very isolated. Wouldn‟t be a wonderful gesture if we gave a minutes thought to those people who are feeling very vulnerable and maybe if you know of someone in this position , just knock on their door , wish them a good Christmas and let them know you care, give them a warm smile and if possible invite them for Christmas lunch. Just a smile or a little card can often brighten someone‟s day and make a real difference to their lives knowing that someone cares. There‟s a saying „A puppie‟s not just for Christmas‟, to let someone know you care and are thinking about them is not just for Christmas either, but it would be a start. So start spreading a little happiness this Christmas and make a real difference to some one‟s life.

There is no greater gift!’ By Ally Mitchell

Why? Why do people start saying something? Then spread it to someone else and They carry on with that and everyone Else believes those things, so why say it? And spread it, why say it at all?

I Believe I believe in God and His word I go by his word I believe in His word And most people Should go by his word By the Bible.

By Sue

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Four calling birds

Christmas Alone Again

sight of my bare trolley not heaving with Christmas booty for all in sundry. One year I ventured out to buy bread some bakers open on Christmas morning and only bought one stick. Arriving home having not seen or met anyone I knew I heaved a sigh of relief, my secret was Having always been independent, I like living alone as I safe. find it difficult to share my space; I was surprised by my reaction to having to do Christmas on my own. Last year I returned home to Leith after more than two decades The first Christmas I spent alone was 2001, I had played living in La Rioja the wine region in North of Spain and about with the idea of coming home to Scotland, although many of my Christmases and New Years had been spent various offers were thrown around only one invite matealone, though in many ways my Spanish Christmases had rialised, I spent Christmas Eve feeling really uncomfortalways been lonely. able and was never invited back. The following Christmas day I spent alone. The day dragged, I fretted while hearing all the background sound effects of noise and Christmas makes us feel safe. laughter coming from the neighbours‟ flats. Boxing Day is a normal working day in Spain so it was with relief I Christmas is about tradition, and what we love about ritu- could return to normal. I was a bit more prepared for als is the familiarity brought about by repetition, it New Year I faced the challenge in a more stoic manner. makes us feel safe. As the twilight arrived I was overcome by relief, I‟d got Spending Christ- through it I had survived.

By Julie Ann Thomason

mases in a foreign country, though loving Spain meant I had no ritual to repeat, it was all new. Spain respects the Christian tradition of giving presents on Epiphany, the children getting excited by the three kings the givers of presents, though I still prefer Santa Claus because it‟s my custom. However the emphasis on both Christmas and New Year days is on copious meals, hedonistic mid winter pagan feasts devoid of Christian Spirit, suppers on the eves as well as the main meals.

A significant element of the sharing of traditions is being with people you love

Every year dropping subtle hints, the comments from the teenage students reinforcing that I had gained freak status, they didn‟t mind missing classes in the holidays it was their parents who paid. Didn‟t anyone like me enough to invite me? Why didn‟t I go home? And comments of such ilk and then there was the odd invite, turning down over pushy people and a few resulted in strained experiences, defining the Spanish proverb It is better to be alone than badly accompanied. A significant element of the sharing of traditions is being with people you love, Even though I set up my coping strategies treating my- care about and want to be with. self to special goodies, a thick un-put down- able novel, and not crossing the door, I always dreaded the run up. Having come to love the atmosphere in the streets, in Every year was accompanied by the sense of the shops, nativity scenes more popular than trees and failure after working in a primary school I had begun to recognise Spanish Carols. Nevertheless it was always with sadness that I wasn‟t able to complete the joy, sharing Yuletide proved to be a challenge always. I opted not to the rituals by being with people. travel home to Scotland, it is both an expensive and miserable time to travel and being a self employed teacher classes were still expected in the holidays. It was not Had someone suspected or guessed I was financially viable to be with my people. Every year was accompanied by the sense of failure I was alone again, one of the unwanted? inside it was okay it was being outside the sense of shame and guilt of being on the outside the unloved the Then there were the questions, wasn‟t I going home, unwanted. where and who was I going to spend the festivities with. Christmas this year will be lonely for other reasons as I Not wanting to admit that I was one of those, a nobody‟s lost my father this year and it will be the first I spend child, I brushed it off fearing I‟d be caught out at the without both parents.

Five golden rings

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A report by Cha Maloney During one of my visits to the Edinburgh city Mission I thought to myself what a great idea it would be to write about one of the services that they provide to people who are homeless, on low benefits, or in supported accommodation, a basic need such as food.

coffee, biscuits, cakes, juice and toys for children, as well as getting involved with play time with your children while you talk with other users and staff.

The thing I liked about the basic bank was they have lots of information about various organisaI asked Bill tions, and also provide a counselling service, and Charmers who while you are there they offer a safe place runs this service whereupon you are accepted by every body and with an other they listen to you and offer advice in an informal two people, Mar- manner {BLETHER} gret and Teresa if it would be okay to write The Basic Bank takes donations of food from about what a wonderful service they provide to people like my self and how this is a life saver for Churches, Fare share, also from schools, where me and others. For some people in society food is children are also educated about issues and the crises that homeless people and low income peotaken for granted, they will always eat and have ple face, and family need places like The Edinplenty. Unfortunately for others, this is a basic burgh City Mission. Bill goes into to schools to need where without this people would starve. talk with children and young people. {He said this is great for they can learn about caring for other There are two sites in Edinburgh one in the Leith folk} area on Thursdays and the other in Pilton on Tuesdays. They provide food to 12 people in Leith This food that they provide not only has an imregularly for at least two months max, and will pact on the person collecting and using the serlook again at the person‟s circumstances after vice but also reaches people‟s family and children this period. like a ripple of water. The way it works is that people are referred by statuary and voluntary organisations, I myself by the Bethany Christen Trust. This is great that all these agencies work and network together for disadvantaged people in the Edinburgh community.

I asked some of the users how the Bank makes a difference to their life. One was Michael Dueqemin. He said “Cause it saves you money on food. It gives you a bit of extra money to spend on other The Basic Bank is not only a place that provides things like bills and a bit for leisure and pleasure. food but is also a safe place and has a holistic All the people who use this place are real nice and approach when dealing with the people who use it, friendly. I think it is a brilliant idea, as it‟s helpfor you are made welcome as soon as you walk ing people. “ through the door whereupon they provide tea,

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Six geese a laying

Give everyone a smile

My life after my heroin addiction By Michael Chalmers Well my life has changed dramatically, as now I am off heroin. Since I have been off the heroin I have started to get my life back. I am still on the methadone programme but I‟m now able to get up every morning and not think about where my next £10 was coming from, and waking up rattling. That‟s really good, that I don‟t have to worry bout where my next £10 is coming from. And now I have a lot more money all the time to go and spend on my daughter, so it‟s a lot better now. I now don‟t just think of myself all the time. I now think of my family and try to help people with things if I can without thinking of getting money from them for doing it. I am now getting on with my wee sister who never spoke to me for 9 years because of my heroin addiction, but she is now talking to me so it‟s all good!

for Christmas!

Make a difference this Christmas.. by sending someone you have lost contact with a nice Christmas card and say “Happy Christmas” to strangers on the street on Christmas Day!!


Why I like going to the men’s group When you walk into the acorn centre you get a warm welcome And you get something to eat and tea/ coffee. And the staff are fan dab a dosey and very helpful and considerate.

You’ll see Jesus…. When you do not cry alone, You’ll see your Lord In those who point to home.

After the food and drink it is time to have fun and games Because there’s a pool table and table tennis and dominos.

You’ll see the Saviour

Games on the wii screen and Tim provides the quizzes. It shows the men there’s more to life than drugs and drink. And not to down grade yourself, and to get yourself respect back. Plus I like to meet the guy’s who turn up to the acorn centre

In those who help the lame.

Come to ease the pain, You’ll see your Lord

Your Lord is in their patience Their kindness, expressing love, Your Gods in their compassion, Gently building trust. Jesus is in their knowing

By Gordon Innes

Of all you have been through. Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

The Men’s group meets every Thursday 1pm to 3pm at The Acorn Centre in Junction Place

Comforted them to comfort you.

Seven swans a- swimming

Men’s Group Stirling Castle Trip By Alexander Stone

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The main parts of the castle include the chapel (closed for refurbishment), palace, museum, great hall with many anterooms, tapestry room, kitchens, gardens and soldiers quarters with weapons store and gunpowder room. A fact I discovered was the castle is regimental headquarters for The 1st battalion of the Argyle & Southern Highlanders and the statue outside is a tribute to their men who have been lost in various conflicts.

The air was damp and the sky was grey but Tim promised faithfully that it would brighten up. For the half dozen or so souls that turned up, these were empty words. Tim took the constant chiding in his stride as we headed up through the cold & rain. Eventually he took great pride in saying “I told you so” as it did brighten up. This only added to an excellent day out and at the knock down price of £2. The cannons were added and increased in number at variFirst stop we made was Bannockous times in the 16th century. burn, scene of the famous battle in James 4th built batteries but 1314 where Robert the Bruce led by the time they were finhis “army” to a historic victory over ished they were already proved to be inadequate. Mary the mighty English. I got a really de Guise, widow of James 5th and mother of the more poignant feeling as I walked the famous “Mary queen of Scots”, built more elaborate field imagining men hacking each batteries in 1559. This includes the French Spur, some other to bits with claymores, axes, of which still stands today. I found a couple of obscure hammers & pitchforks. Whether the cause they were things that really intrigued me. fighting for was worth it is a topic that‟s fiercely debated up and down the land to this day. Firstly, a small door through the ramparts at the rear of the castle, which was presumed to have been an exit We also used our stop here as a pit stop and as usual for the king to reach his hunting grounds. This I Bethany provided an excellent range of quality food thought was a potential “Achilles heel” and was rightly generously provided by Fare Share. blocked up around the time of the Jacobite activity. My favourite discovery was made when I was in the The visitors centre was a fascinating place with many guardhouse cells. I closed the door and on the back displays of replica weapons, armour and clothing, which were a lot of names, initials and length of sentence you could try on. Also there were many graphic pictures served, carved in the wood, but I‟m a bit sceptical and written commentaries detailing the events of the about their authenticity. days leading up to the battle as well as the specifics of the battle itself. I was getting deeply engrossed in the Having spent too much time on the history but sadly time was against us as we pressed on peripherals, we had little time left towards Stirling castle. to spend on the main features. I During a long and bloody history Stirling Castle has been attacked or besieged at least 16 times. Three battles have been fought in its immediate vicinity, two of which were turning points in Scottish history: and a fourth equally important battle took place just a few miles to the north. Approaching the castle, there are many historic buildings and the men expressed a strong interest in visiting some of them. Again Tim showed his depth of historic knowledge with his constant narratives but time constraints kept us from these intriguing places. From these narrations, I learnt there was a connection between the battlefield and the castle; and I knew they didn‟t have firearms in 1314, so I was surprised when I saw a statue of a soldier carrying a rifle at the entrance to the castle. Then I noticed the ramparts were fortified with cannons so I decided to investigate this aspect further.

found the architecture and engineering of the place truly fascinating and I feel inspired to return in the future. I would highly recommend a visit here to all native Scotsmen and foreign tourists alike. We also had a brief stop at Linlithgow Palace, another place steeped in history. Within the grounds stands a church that dates from the 1200s and is still used today by the local parish. Our wise & trusted guide pointed out pockmarks in the ancient stonewalls of the palace. These were reputedly caused when Oliver Cromwall‟s men lined up and shot anybody who was a traitor to his cause. I found the trip highly rewarding and it has kindled in me a desire to find out more about our beautiful country that we so often take for granted. Historic Scotland has an excellent web site where you can find out more about all the places we visited on this trip.

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Eight maids a-milking

Fishing in The Tweed By Chris Smith

Remembering I think the best place to go fishing is the river Tweed, as there are a lot of trout and salmon in it. That is where I went fishing. The biggest catch was an 8 1/2 pound trout and 6 1/5 pound salmon, but my pal has caught bigger ones from that river. The best way to catch fish in the river is by fly fishing and my dad showed me how to make my own flies. I had boxes of his flies, but over the years I don‟t know where they have gone. I like to get right into the midst of the river as I think it is better to fish from. I have fished in all weathers. One time, one of my pal went fishing with me and we were in the middle of the river, but there were hidden deep bits in the river and the next time I looked at him he was up to his neck! He had fallen into one of the pools and his rod was going down the river without him!! So I left him and got the rod. It was the funniest thing I‟ve seen, the look on his face was priceless!

British troops in Helmand, Afghanistan. Photograph: Lewis Whyld/PA

Here far from the chill winds of Scotland’s capital seat Dry dust and waiting death to meet Thoughts of family and that grey Scottish sky Wondering if I will be the next to die To do my duty as best I can To protect my mates in this foreign land The guilt I felt as we laid you to rest I couldn’t save you mate, but I tried my best

I will try to find some of the flies me and my dad made, and also see if I can find the tools you need to make them, as it is good to make your own flies. It‟s good to catch a fish with a fly you have made yourself and not one you have bought in a shop

Now for you there’s no fear or dread

I went fishing with my uncle on loch in a boat, it was good too, but I prefer to fish in the rivers.

Unlike us who’re left, with gun in hand

You need not worry where you tread

Wondering who will next hit the sand As the morning wakes And the time ticks by

This war, for most, is far away

Through the clouds the sun breaks

But for us squaddies it’s our every day

Lightning up the sky. There’s all the hustle and bustle Out on the street As the people walk past On their way to work and meet

first part of a poem By Steven Gibson

We don’t complain, we heed the call Please don’t forget us if we fall. Sent to us by a soldier serving in Afghanistan.

Nine ladies dancing

Ally’s Fashion Column

How to get that glam festive party look on a tight budget. The party season is almost upon us and what to wear this Christmas, be it night out, dinner etc, can be a real dilemma, so here is Ally’s fashion fix to ensure your Christmas is all you wish for. Whether you want the current season’s themes such as animal prints, sequins, or plenty of glitter there is lot’s about to choose from, and chunky jewellery is everywhere. You may wish to go for the Rock Glamour Look, choose a festive version of the biker look which offers more of an edgy chic look, black gold lurex tops, black leggings, chunky long necklaces can look very sexy, the ultimate rock chick! Perhaps you’d prefer the sparkling 20’s look, the flapper style dress but brought bang up to date coordinated with coloured tights, which are very much in vogue this it’s back to the future girls, you’ll get a real blast from the past wearing this outfit. Finally if you’d prefer a class act look then you can’t go wrong with the L.b.d. The little black dress which will allow you to create a variety of looks, so check out your high street shops it’s all out there girls!! Happy Hunting and have yourselves a very Merry Christmas and a cool YULE. BEST WISHES Vintage Ally.

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How I Have Helped To Make A Difference By Shaá

In India there are many impoverished families who need medical attention, but cannot get the medical help they so desperately need. Among these are children who have cleft palate or cleft lips. Although normally in the UK the operation needed to correct a cleft lip would be done shortly after birth, in India there is such poverty that children often grow with the problem. A charity called Opereation Smile has been raising money for these operations, but the children still need clothing to wear whilst in hospital. At my school we have been providing t-shirts and decorating them with our own designs, making them presentable for the children to enjoy wearing - as the hosptals cannot afford dressing gowns for all the children. All the efforts of all involved go together to make many children and families happy - I am just so happy to help another child to smile by my small, but important role. I just wish that more people would get involved in things like this. Even the smallest contribution can make a difference as long as the numbers of those who contribute are many. In this world today there are many problems that cannot be avoided, but with the efforts of the multitude at least we can deal with those problems that can easily be solved - it just takes a little compassion and love for others.

Make a difference this Christmas and buy two Big Issues and give one away!

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Ten lord‟s a-leaping

Christmas Day? No more Christmases for my family The mother of an off duty soldier stabbed to death in the street has asked us to print her victim statement in the hope that others may understand the true cost of such acts of violence. Her son was stabbed by a complete stranger while walking along the street. The murderer wanted to kill someone, and it just happened to be her son.

tograph – the photograph of my sons which I looked at each night before sleep, thanking the universe that they were both healthy and safe – it does not bring comfort. He is gone. He'll never be able to come back. He will never come home again. I'll never hear his key in the lock, his light swift footsteps, his laughter or his beautiful voice. He'll never tell me how his life is going, his hopes and dreams. We'll never argue. I'll never cook his favourite foods or taste his special pasta sauce. He'll never put his arm around me and give me his cheeky grin as he teases me. I'll never hug him tight and tell him I love him before he leaves home again. Christmas Day? No more Christmases for me. Fear

How can I tell you what this murder has done to us? How can I bear to face the reality that my first born son has been murdered by a stranger for no apparent reason?

His younger brother is an only child now. He doesn't have his brother to share his life with, to grow old with, to support each other when his Dad and I have passed on.

It is unbearable We spend our days avoiding this truth because it is unbearable. We tried to organise a beautiful and moving funeral which will celebrate his life, his kindness, his friendship, his sense of fun, his stubbornness, courage and beauty. To say our heartbroken farewell to our son and brother.

We have all been robbed, our hearts broken, our souls battered and bruised. This loss will be with us forever. will never live another day. My son was willing to give his life for his comrades in both just and unjust conflicts and in international peace keeping. That he should be murdered so brutally by a stranger, for no reason, puts fear into everyone.

We are comforted and appreciative of the love and support we receive from family and friends. We hold each other tight and try to be strong for each other. We remember the good times and share our memories. We plan to do good work in his name. Every day we shed tears for him. But eventually we have to go to bed. I hug his photograph For me, the worst time is waking up. I begin to wake and realise that my eldest son is dead, no longer in this world, and I try to sink back into sleep. My heart thumps, I feel that my insides have been scraped out, my throat is raw with unvoiced screaming, my face is wet with silent tears, my heart is full of despair and fear and I wish I didn't have to get up and go on, I wish that I could abandon life and go wherever he is. I hug his pho-

My son’s ashes are buried at Tolsta on the Isle of Lewis, where his grandparents lie.

Eleven pipers piping

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His death has affected so many people and I have a hole in our family, which can never be repaired. Our extended families, friends, colleagues, his friends and colleagues in the army (who are his second family), the young people who witnessed the attack and their friends and families have all been affected too. No-one's life is the same. No one feels quite as safe, quite as confident in human decency. We read about violence everyday in the news, we see so much on TV both as news and as drama and we think nothing of it – this has become normal prime time “entertainment”. To have it happen in real life to one of the people I love most in this world makes me feel half dead. This feeling will be with me for the rest of my days, part of my life will always be missing. No thought or compassion The murderer by rights should not have been living unsupervised in society. He planned his attack but the victim was arbitrary – a soldier for preference ,but if they had all left it could well have been a member of the general public. He had no thought or compassion for my son, for the young people who witnessed the attack, for the friends and family of all ages who would be shocked by this pointless murder. And his assistant was equally cold and callous in aiding and abetting. I have always tried to understand people, to see the best in them and to believe in them. I know that some people have terrible childhoods and my work is about giving people second chances, better opportunities. However there are some people who are so out of touch with their humanity that they cannot be given a second chance because they have absolutely no respect for other human beings. These people are a danger to everyone because they have no regard for other people nor for the norms of society. This murder was both planned and random. I believe such men should not be allowed back into society….and I mean ever.

Above is a poster sent in by a reader. It advertises The Treasure Trove shop in Castle Street. She told us that it is a charitable endeavour in which people can place their work for sale, helping people to supplement their income by the sale of hand crafts. We are pleased to advertise this and would encourage readers to go and check it out!!!!

Make a difference this Christmas by saying I love you to those you love. You might think they already know it, but it can never be said too much when it’s heartfelt. Alan

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Twelve drummers drumming


In the light of God’s mercy In His humbling love, Sinners are precious To the Lord of great worth. With eternal eye’s given, Sight beyond death, Our wants are but vain, Our life’s but a breath. So we reach out beyond Every trial and pain, We reach out to you… To know Christ is your gain. Freely received,

George Whitefield By Eric Scott George Whitefield is widely known as the greatest evangelist the world has ever known. His remit was to bring the gospel to the “unregenerate”, both here and in the United States of America, which at that time was in its infancy spiritually. Although slight in stature he had a voice as of an angel and could be heard a mile away at sea. Converted in 1735 he was a Calvinist and preached on the new birth extensively. On the strength of this he was made aware of the awakening here in Scotland and arrived here on the 6th July 1741 and immediately the work got underway with lectures taking place at 7am and preaching twice a day, as well as private sittings after 12pm. This went on for some six weeks, then he went to Cambuslang at the request of the minister there, William McCulloch .Whitefield preached to a captive audience three times a day in the open air regardless of the weather, and the crowds were in the order of some 20 thousand. He wrote to his wife saying ,”the awakening here is greater than ever, never have I seen so many bibles and people looking into them”.

Freely we give, In the light of God’s Mercy… In God’s Mercy……We live.

He returned the following year and once again began his ministry preaching this time to the order of 50,000 in what became known as the Cambuslang Revival, where hundreds if not thousands were converted, would to God we could see those days again .

Bridge Project in Leven By Gerry McKenna We will be taking out people on excursions so they can learn how to load a camera& work a camcorder because we will also be doing cinema. They will be finding out about the local history of the places they are visiting. The different cultures of the different towns we visit. We may have to visit the local tourist visitor centre or board.

So come along! We meet 11am on Fridays at Cornerstone café in Leven.

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“I Continue” By Graham Adamson Graham is a member of the Bugle team and attends the Men’s Group. He is a chef but he had to give that up as he developed Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Here he gives some background on his condition.

is no cure, you do learn to live with what you have. If anything is discovered, perhaps there may even be a cure. I have a son, David. I only hope that MS is something that I haven‟t given him genetically. I can only hope that a cure is found, and it may be prevented. There are also other illnesses that can be treated this way, like autism and cancer and some other brain disorders.

MS is caused by bad signals being sent to the brain through the nervous system to certain Inherited parts of the body. Though I was quite late being diagnosed, being forty, normally this occurs when the patient is in their mid twenties. I do not beHowever, these can be treated hyper-barically lieve that things have taken their course at a under the discursion of the management of the fitting pace. MS treatment centre, but some centres have first attack more need for the treatment of MS. Is it possible to treat Alzheimer's this way? MS, I now believe, is inherited, as two of my grandparents I had my first attack at about the same time my also had MS (My mother‟s father and my faparents had their strokes and I thought that I ther‟s mother.) was having mini-strokes, as they vanished as quickly as they arrived. I now know that it was Multiple Sclerosis, or MS. Having been diagWhat I have is in the form of relapse and remitnosed, it wasn‟t until I had more attacks that I ting. However, there are a recognised thirty-six realised that the kitchen wasn‟t the place from different variations of this disease, as I believe. me, and I soon stopped. So now I put my efforts Is there a way to stop this or prevent MS much elsewhere. So now I use my head, as the signals earlier? Is there a dietary clue, as MS is a very don‟t go properly to the desired limbs, or exScottish illness? Why is the chamber closing tremities. Because of MS I become frustrated down on the Isle of man, or is that just rumour? as I can no longer do things that I had taken for Very strange, as hyper-baric treatment is very granted previously. However, I continue, as anygood for motorcycle injuries. one with MS. HB and MS I have had chemo-therapy, which was not licensed for use on mainland Britain at the time. However, I was on the Isle of man, where it was available. My consultant neurologist, Dr Bogild, came from The Walton Centre, Liverpool. I now have a referral to a neurologist, Dr Weller, at the Western General Hospital. Though I did not get any benefit from the chamber or the chemotherapy, it does not follow that everybody is the same. You have to give everything a try, as there

Do not give up Maybe a preventive cure can be found. Hope is something we are all capable of, so be it. Thoughts are a very personal commodity. But, sharing them happens to be a choice that you alone can make. And, sometimes, you may find it a lot easier to write them down. It can be better, for you, to release your feelings in an appropriate manner, any way that you find possible. Just let it out! Though it may take time, do not give up. A valve exists, persevere and you shall discover this.

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The Decline of Scottish Rugby

Although my favourite sport is football, I am very focused about rugby. I was born in Peebles in the Borders, the heart of Scottish rugby. When professionalism came in a few years ago, it ruined Scotland as a world class nation. Scotland can boast of world class players who also toured with the British Lions. To name a few Scots—Andy Irvine, Mighty Mouse (Ian Hamilton), Gavin Hastings, the late Gordon Brown. Another great player was my old school mate, Tom Smith, who played for Gala.

Religious Symbols Of The Twelve Days of Christmas By Douglas Forbes The Love refers To God Turtle Doves refers To the Old and New Testaments French Hens refers to Faith hope and Charity the Theological virtues Calling Birds refers to the Four Gospels and /or the Four Evangelists Golden Rings refers to the first Five Books of the Old Testament, the Pentateuch which give man‟s fall from grace Geese A- Lying refers to the six days of creation Swans A –swimming refers to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit the seven sacraments Maids A-milking refers to the eight beatitudes Ladies Dancing refers to the Fruits of the Holy Spirit Lords a leaping refers to the ten commandments Pipers Piping refers to the eleven faithful apostles

The school we went to was MacMerry Primary and to Ross High School in Tranent. Not only has professionalism harmed Scottish rugby, it has harmed British rugby as well. No more great Welsh team.

By Bobby McLean. Listen to Bobby’s weekly sports round up on Leith FM on Mondays at 2pm

The true spirit of Christmas is not Santa and giving presents, but celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, our saviour. Only through Him will we get the best present of all.. Heaven! Gordon


Drummers Drumming refers to the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles Creed. Crisis has been ever present in my life over the last 3 years without taking it over, enhancing relationships and helping me gain respect again. The whole ethos behind Crisis has permeated through so many aspects of my life over the last 3 years that since winning the long service I am now trying to use what little influence I have among several service providers to set up some sort of out of addiction/into work programme. Recovery from addiction should not be a long period of time doing nothing but should be seen as an opportunity to learn new skills, try out other work options, retrain in fact do anything to get ready for re-entering the employment market.

By Alastair Kirkhope

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They returned the compliment and added that any of the troops who wished to visit them in their trenches were at liberty to do so. Several of our chaps accepted the invitation and were By Eddie Klimek well received. The Germans were not allowed into our trenches but a German officer asked permission to visit the grave of a brother officer which was situated well within our lines and on the outskirts of a town now in our possession. Permission was given and the officer was led blindfolded through our lines to the graveside. He stayed here a little while, then the bandage was put over his eyes and he was taken to his own lines. In the afternoon there was a football match played beyond the trenches, right in full view of the enemy. The German officers wanted British newsThe First World War began in August 1914 and was greeted with enthusiasm and optimism by the papers, and we gave them a pile of old ones. They great powers. All felt such patriotism and unity; kept the truce honourably, and ended the day here in Britain we were saying “it'll all be over by with German carols. Everyone spent a jolly day Christmas”. Little did they know that this would under the circumstances. It hardly seems possibe the first of four Christmases. It was to be a ble for such a thing to happen - deadly enemies to go forth and meet each other with all goodwill long, bitter and bloody affair. Yet amidst the fierce fighting and the extremes of weather, liv- and then return to the trenches and shoot the first man who showed himself. I suppose it is one ing conditions and daily trials, there gleamed of the mysteries of human nature. May I thank hope. you all again for your kindness. Best of luck for 1915. "

Hope at Christmas in the trenches in 1914

In the Lancashire Bolton Chronicle of 2nd January 1915, appeared the following letter (shortened here due to space restrictions) which shows that even in war and struggle there is room for good- Letters like the above then appeared in many UK will:local newspapers, eg the Oban Times, and in Aberdeen. “ Dear Everybody - Many thanks for the parcel

of tobacco and pipe we had on Christmas Day. Things are very quiet in our part of the line. On Christmas Day there wasn't a single shot fired a kind of truce was declared. By means of a megaphone one of our officers wished the German in the opposite trench a merry Christmas.

I wonder how our boys out in Afghanistan will be spending their Christmas?

Thanks to Bethany for the trips on Fridays to all the great places.

Happy Christmas. Lisa

Written and put together By the Bethany Press Team c/o Tim Porteus Bethany Community Education 32 Jane Street Edinburgh EH6 5HD timothyporteus@

The views expressed in The Bugle are not necessarily those of Bethany Christian Trust

Bugle Press Team Gerry McKenna, Beth Madden, Ally Mitchel, Sue Richards, Julie Ann Thomason, Cha Maloney, Michael Chalmers, Alison, Irene, Gordon Innes, Alexander Stone, Chris Smith, Steven Gibson, Shaa, Eric Scott, Alan, Matt, Gordon, Les, Graham Adamson, Lisa Sturrock, Bobby McLean, Alastair Kirkhope, Eddie Klimek Irene, Tim Porteus, Euan Graham

What is the Bugle? Welcome to the 17th edition of the Bugle. It is a magazine put together by people who believe that we all have a right to have our voice heard. We have editorial meetings most Wednesdays at 1pm at 65 Bonnington Road. Where is The Bugle available? From hostels, drop-ins, libraries, churches, doctor and dentist waiting rooms… look out for it! Who are we looking for to write for The Bugle? Anyone! But especially people who are or have been homeless. Most members of our Press Team have been, or are currently homeless. How does it work? At our meetings on Wednesdays at 1pm we chat about the articles and get together to plan the next issue. It’s really informal, and you can just pop in to see what we do. Don’t worry if you have no experience, we can help you get started. If you can’t make our meetings you can still write for the Bugle by posting or emailing us.

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Farewell old year, with all the faults thou bast, In sorrow we commit thee to the Past! Whilst thou art sinking down her deep, dim slope, We leave thee not in anger, but in hope; So get thee gone! nor plague nor menace more; Thy daughter, decked in smiles, is knocking at our door. [ last 6 stanzas of a poem by William Billington from Lancashire, written in 1880, chosen by Eddie Klimek]

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