Spotlight Magazine – Issue #12 – March/April 2021

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Welcome to the 12th Edition of Spotlight Magazine As we work our way towards the Spring, there are some signs that our community is slowly returning to normality. With restrictions being eased at the time of writing, we hope this is the route back to a life that will afford more freedom, fun and financial well-being for all our readers and advertisers.

us a line at spotlight@wordsandpicturesUK. com and we’ll happily include it. We also welcome new advertisers, Future Gym and Link Group Ltd, both of whom are promoting new business & property in South Queensferry. As covid-19 restrictions may continue to change, please rest assured that we will continue to do our best to meet print and distribution deadlines. In addition to the changes to distribution, we have – for the time being – allowed advertisers and contributors longer to finalise their submissions to this issue. We will continue to review this and support the community as best we can, but please regard the end of month as the deadline for the next issue if you are planning to contribute.

As announced last issue, a new network of Spotlight partners is distributing the magazine from their premises and with takeaways & deliveries too. The feedback we are receiving about this new system of distribution is fantastic – if you have a neighbour or a friend that would enjoy the magazine, please feel free to take a few copies from these distribution points and pass them on. We’re still particularly interested in hearing from businesses in Kirkliston that would be happy to hold a stock of magazines.

Whatever you have planned for the Spring, your family or your business, please accept our very best wishes. Stay safe, stay at home (hopefully not for much longer) and enjoy this latest issue of Spotlight.

We feature the regular updates from the Church, Queensferry & District Community Council and The Rotary Club in this issue. If you run an organisation that would benefit from being featured in Spotlight, just drop

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Special thanks: Thank you to all our contributors, contact details are listed with features.

Whilst every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of this publication, Spotlight Magazine is not responsible for 3rd party content submitted in good faith from contributors. Due to Covid-19 restrictions in place, readers should check with advertisers directly before making bookings or purchases. Spotlight Magazine is a Words & Pictures publication. Write to us at 48 High Street, South Queensferry, EH30 9HN.

Cover picture: Anne Mitchell photographed by Alistair Pryde. Editorial & pictorial content: Alistair Pryde Advertising sales & print buying: Mike Smith

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By Rev David Cameron

ello, and welcome to our field. We’d like to tell you about our shepherd, George!

George saw us all safely into the world and knew our fathers and mothers, grandparents, great grandparents, I could go on - just as he’s done - for generations. Rain, hail or shine, morning, noon or night, George was there, watching over us and stepping in - but only if he needed to - we’re a hardy lot, us sheep. You folks think we all look the same. We’ve heard you say “a sheep’s a sheep is a sheep” - but not George. He knows us all, inside out. It seems he prefers the night shift. It’s a big sacrifice, but one George seems happy to make. As twilight dawns, over the hill he comes, stick in hand, bunnet on, a flask in his backpack.

First blood was drawn as the cat caught George just below the knee and took him down. We feared the worst but George wasn’t for giving up – he had his flock to protect. In obvious pain - with blood from the wound flowing - he rose again and faced his foe, drawing upon every last ounce of strength he had and let the big cat know just who was boss. Whimpering and downcast the cat knew he’d met his match and slinked away, licking his pride and his wounds. George took refuge by the river, allowing the cool waters to restore his pierced and wounded body. As we said, he’s a good shepherd, our George, willing to lay down his life for us, willing to pay the price of what it takes to keep us safe and well and flourishing. As the years have passed, George, it seems understands us better with the passing of time. We almost think that he thinks like us. I know you’ll probably be a bit surprised at that. Oh yes, we sheep know just what you folks think of us. No brains, no initiative, just follow one another like sheep. We’re no daft, you know. We follow because we’ve learned to trust. You should all try it sometime, instead of going off on your own wee plans.

He’s a good shepherd, our George. You’ll notice he walks with a bit of limp. It’s a wound he’s had for many years. The story passes down the flock from generation to generation. It’s told to reassure the newbies that George can be trusted: It’d been a good day, warm and sunny, we’d just come to a new fresh field. The river turned creating a gentle beach we could all meander onto, to drink fresh water. Suddenly, from nowhere, a big wildcat sprang forth, going for the lambs. Although we were all distracted by the fresh grass and sparkling water, George was up and at it immediately- staff at the ready - shepherd versus foe.

George thinks like us and knows when we need to move on to fresh pastures. Better still, he knows where those pastures are. George also knows those moments on a night when perhaps because of the howling wind or a distant storm, we’ll 10

be anxious. This is when George stands, looks up, moves among us - to one a touch with the comforting staff, to another a word that steadies within, to another a wee treat from his bag of goodies. You’ve no idea the sense of calm that comes over us, when we focus, not so much on the sound of wind and storms, but to George’s voice. We sheep know his voice. Don’t believe me? I remember the night we were far from home and a storm was heading our way. We weren’t going to make it back to base. George, knowing the land as he did, remembered a cave, not far from where we were and so with a call we followed. On arrival, we discovered the cave was already half full. Two other shepherds had arrived - with flocks in tow. In we went, warm and noisy, and we were safe from the storm outside. In the morning, George’s lad, who’d been with us on his first shepherding night, was also anxious and said to his dad “Dad, how’re we going to get our sheep back? They’re all jumbled up.” “Don’t worry lad. It’ll be fine, you watch.” So out they stepped, George heading south as the others went north. A melee of sheep all jumbled up and each one, indistinguishable from the other. Then George simply called out and suddenly, miraculously, George’s flock walked

from the jumble and gathered around George. They knew his voice and, with it came his love and care and compassion and support for them. As I said, he’s a good shepherd, our George. Many years ago, in the gospel of John (chapter 10 vs 11-18) in the New Testament, Jesus Christ described himself as the ‘good shepherd’. Since then, many folks - myself included -have found this to be true. Especially during this difficult and testing season we are travelling through. What a great discovery we all can make if we could discover Jesus to be our good shepherd, the one who is: Watching over us, who knows everything about us and whose Presence is with us – 24/7! One who’s discerning of our problems, sacrificial in his giving, protective in his focus. With a mind that understands and an ability to hear that which will cause us anxiety and distress. One who calms us with a word or touch. One that invites us to get to know the sound and assurance of his voice. Let me invite you to put yourself in the place of that sheep and discover the good shepherd for yourself – you need only ask him. Visit for details.


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ave Douglas is opening a new gym facility in South Queensferry (in the former Sodexho offices). Starting with a comprehensive refit of the property, Future Gym offers users low cost, flexible membership options with a signing on fee currently available at the special rate of just £15!

brings a comprehensive amount of knowledge about fitness and nutrition. In fact, Future Gym will also be an official stockist of Reflex Nutrition products. This will give members access to a total health and well-being solution with access to not just the products themselves but specialist advice for tailored, personal fitness plans.

Thereafter, monthly fees range from just an incredible £18 (students) to £20 (for off peak membership) and just £27 for full time access. There are plans to launch a day pass option in the near future. As a result of these great prices and initial, low, joining fee, the membership is already quite large, and Dave anticipates that he will soon have to start adding members to a waiting list.

Dave is personally invested in the gym and sees it as the realisation of a long-standing mission, “my dream was to always have my own family home with my good lady, and to own my own Gym that brings benefit to the community. My training philosophy is simple and yet very effective. Take small steps and be consistent. Every day, every week, every month, you can chase personal growth. Getting stronger, faster and more successful takes focus. It’s a daily ritual based around hard graft and discipline. This mindset pervades every aspect of my own life. If you too want to see growth, come and graft with me. Sometimes training, like life, gets tough. When it does – give it all you’ve got and rise above it! Realise your potential and go after it!”

With obvious delays caused by the pandemic, Dave has had more time to complete the refit to his exacting standards and the gym is currently due to open on 1st May (depending on how quickly restrictions ease). The gym is impressive, with a welcoming reception area which is entry controlled by contactless key fobs by members themselves. The entire facility uses the high tech Hapori Coaching system for bookings and virtual personal training and programmes. The main gym area boasts around 20 different pieces of equipment including free weights, resistance and cardiovascular kit.

If you like the sound of this, you are advised to act quickly and take advantage of the initial low joining fee – visit for details – or follow Dave on Facebook @futuregymSQ and check in on his progress as he works towards the grand opening!

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e are always looking for ways to grow the distribution of Spotlight and we are delighted that our partnerships with businesses in the local community continue to grow. The latest issues of Spotlight are available from Picnic’s coffee shop kiosk at the Bridges View Point, East Coast Tyres on The Loan and The Little Parlour on the High Street. Additionally, our friends at Down the Hatch and Ferry Brewery will be including a copy of the magazine with deliveries of their tasty food and beer. Since the last issue was published, our friends at Tesco have also agreed to stock the magazine – get your free copy from the distribution stand after the checkouts. These new partnerships symbolise the strength of this community, that has pulled together in these recent, extraordinary times. Businesses working with each other to

co-promote local products and services. We will be adding more distribution points as and when other businesses in the community are able to reopen when Covid restrictions are relaxed. We are still distributing magazines on a modified door to door basis – based on customer feedback. We continue to look add to our volunteer network that do door to door deliveries. If you would like to distribute the magazine to homes in your street, please get in touch. Alternatively, if you have business premises that could take a stock of magazines, we will happily include a smart branded bin that you can put in your waiting room, foyer or shop front. Magazines are great reading material & takeaways for customers visiting your business. If you would like to get involved, please drop us a line at 18

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ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION The RCSQ annual photographic competition is now open to entries. The entry fee is just £3 per photograph or £7 for three. There is no limit on the number

of entries, and anyone is welcome to enter. Images should be sent by email to no later than 1st April 2021. All proceeds from the competition and raffle are going to the Freedom from Fistula Foundation. All entrants will receive an email explaining how payment can be made. The winner will receive the Robert Cleland Quaich and 2nd and 3rd prizes will also be awarded. The theme for 2021 is HOPE and this theme can be interpreted in many different ways, e.g., to show hope, hopeful things, people hoping… Light at the end of the tunnel…Somewhere over the rainbow! Spring, with new life appearing, is an ideal time to get the camera out or delve into your folders for your favourite images and share them with us. The entries will be unveiled on THURSDAY 22 APRIL 2021 via Zoom. Winners will be informed on the night or afterwards by email. Please note that by entering this competition you give permission for the Rotary Club of South Queensferry to use some or all of the images on our web site, social media and other publications e.g., Spotlight Magazine, and our annual calendar. At all times we shall attribute the name of the photographer with the image. The RCSQ reserves the right to reject unsuitable or inappropriate images.


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soon. At the time of writing Spaces for People is still awaiting a contractor, the supporting measures common with the refurbishment requirements, as listed above which QDCC requested be brought forward, disappointingly will not be in place until the spring, HEALTH & WELLBEING: Delighted to announce the great work by QDCC’s Health & Wellbeing convenor Anne Mitchell and her team of Ferry Elves over the Christmas period has been recognised with Westport Vet's Local Hero Award. Anne led the group ‘The Ferry Elves’ to support families and individuals struggling through Covid19. Being able to link with other groups in the community and with the generosity of locals they managed to support 51 young people in the area. When The Ferry Elves were created, in the space of just 24 hours set up a Just Giving page, a dedicated email address that only Anne accessed (in order to maintain confidentiality) and had organised somewhere to store donated items. They put out flyers on bus stops (and took them down!) and posted information about their plans on various Facebook sites. The local community did not let them down with the Just Giving page far exceeding their hopes for £250 and the donations of preloved but immaculate toys, clothes and gifts received were overwhelming. The Ferry Elves were able to link families they were helping to other organisations who were offering support, such as the primary schools who had been given funding from the rotary club to buy winter coats and shoes.

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As well as all the work Anne has been doing during Covid19 to help others, she is also a contributor to many others in both her local community and further afield. She is the CPR lead for St John Scotland and has also just returned to nursing as a vaccinator. Anne is a true local hero, giving her time and using her skills in a phenomenal array of ways to help and support people in need. An absolutely inspiring individual who truly deserves recognition for her contributions to the local community, as well as her kindness given in volume, to always helping others.

for more families in the area to struggle having a family Christmas than would normally identified and wanted to support folk who found themselves in this position, particularly due to COVID19, hence the birth of the Ferry elves! We tried to spend about £20 on each youngster then made sure that the under 10s had about 6 toys including the preloved ones. Parents never asked for themselves so we tried hard to include them as appropriate. The Pupils and staff of Queensferry High School collected food and toiletries for food banks and anyone else who needed a wee bit extra support. They very kindly allowed us to make up food packages for the local families before we took the remainder to the food bank as well as surprising 6 older folk who needed a bit of help. We had people donate wrapping paper, make Christmas stockings, donate handmade children's quilts, give us books they had written, made a spread sheet and offer their help. I could not have kept on top of this without everyone’s involvement particularly David Flint, Andy Malarky and Anne Marie Boyd. We do have some items and money left over and will discuss the best way to utilise these within the community. On the basis that older people are part of our families we have already taken the extra toiletries and gifts to QCCC to use as they feel right, either as gifts for their clients or for use in the fundraising raffles that they rely on to keep functioning. Any remaining clothes we will discuss with the Health visitors, the Early years centre and Kids Love Clothes. The latter takes ‘as new’ clothes, wash and iron them then wraps as new to give to families. Thanks to both Morrisons and Matalan in Livingston for giving us a discount on purchases, as well as St Vincent de Paul, who linked with us and supported the families in other ways with fresh food or fuel payments. Although I led this others were an essential part.”

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