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F E R RY FERRY FAIR FESTIVAL COMMITTEE DONATION During the month of August 2022, for each pint of Ferry Fair sold at our High Street shop, we will be donating £1 to the Ferry Fair Festival Committee.

Check our Facebook, Twitter, website ( or shop window (23 High Street) for full details of opening hours. **During the month of August we will also do random Twitter draws for bar tab prizes if you have posted a photo enjoying your Ferry Fair pint with the hash tag #FerryBreweryGivesBack

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here hasn’t been a huge surge of good news in the world since our last issue, but let’s focus on the positives! Firstly, we’ve entered the summer now and the weather forecasters are predicting that it will be a good one. I’m sure that we all hope that our Queen-elect, Jessica (pictured on the cover) has a dry and sunny day for her coronation as the Ferry Fair makes a glorious return to the High Street. We’ve been extra busy this past month producing the Ferry Fair programme and I am delighted to say that it is now available to buy at www.ferryfair. – just click on fundraising.

As always, thanks to all our regular contributors who continue to use Spotlight as a communications channel for their community. We have contributions from new writers in this issue – Adam McNinch, pastor at Christchurch Queensferry and (in the printed issue) Peter Wilson from CruiseForth. If you run an organisation or charity that would benefit from being featured in Spotlight, just drop us a line at and we’ll happily discuss your requirements. Our new Spotlight publication schedule for 2022 has been impacted by the fuel crisis and rapidly rising production costs. Spotlight now costs 20% more to produce than it did this time last year. Rather than pass these costs on to advertisers, we’ve reduced the number of issues we will publish from 12 to 10 this year and hope that the situation is resolved before the end of the year and that a price increase can be avoided. Please submit content for the next issue no later than Friday 26th August.

Secondly, I am delighted to welcome a host of new advertisers to this issue, surely a sign that local business is thriving and making a steady return to normality after what has been a very challenging last two years. Advertising is what makes this magazine work, and I am grateful to every advertiser that chooses Spotlight as a platform to promote their business. Growth in advertising is surely a sign that the magazine is popular, and our unique distribution network grows as the number of advertisers does – meaning the readership grows as a result. I am hopeful that this will continue as Queensferry, and the surrounding area welcomes even more households to the community as construction of new homes continues.

Thanks for reading and supporting Spotlight, Alistair Pryde Spotlight Editor

Special thanks: Special thanks to all our contributors, contact details are listed with features where appropriate.

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. Readers should always 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.

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Rest. I don't know about you, but I'm in need of some! As I write, our family is limping to the end of the school term. We're tired, we’re irritable but the finish line is in sight! When the bell rings on Friday afternoon, we’ve got two weeks of relaxation and recuperation planned. Blue skies, locally caught seafood and some of the best beaches in the world await us. Bliss. Well, that’s the theory! We’re holidaying in Scotland, so nothing is guaranteed! Whatever happens, it’ll be good to have some prolonged down time. We’re wired that way, aren’t we? Few of us function well physically without stopping every so often to recharge. When we don’t listen to our bodies in this regard, many of us know to our cost, that there are

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will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) Here Jesus is leaning on imagery from the agricultural culture he lived in where work was hard, and loads were heavy for farm workers and their animals. Now, maybe like me, the closest you’ve ever got to farm work is strawberry picking at Craigie’s Farm but hopefully you get Jesus’ point. Simply put, to be at rest spiritually is to find peace with God through Jesus Christ. This rest is promised to all who put their trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins and follow him. Unlike the temporary rest that we get from a holiday, the rest that we find in Jesus is eternal. The busy-ness, conflict,

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QDCC has continued operating remotely throughout the pandemic, using various online tools. Monthly meetings are held on the evening of the fourth Monday of every month except December, open to the public and are currently conducted using MS Teams video conferencing. Anyone wishing to join the meeting or to raise any points should email us through our website: or scan the QR code.

QHS ran its first Business Breakfast in June, part of a strategy to increase community engagement. Edinburgh Leisure opened up the QHS facilities to the community during the school holidays and this summer has seen delivery of a significant schedule of events for young people from Lifelong Learning Services alongside the Active Schools Summer camps. A much-improved community access schedule for the swimming pool will commence after the school holidays. The long-awaited Dundas Play Park refurbishment commenced in June.

Planning Four major housing developments are now in construction in Queensferry, details of those and other developments are available in our monthly newsletters on our website. The Forth Bridge Experience application was approved in June and awaits Network Rail to commence construction. scotlandsrailway. com/projects/forth-bridge-experience



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A directory of support services for all ages and needs can be viewed on the ‘Links’ page of QDCC’s website. The ‘Ukrainians in Queensferry’ private Facebook group helps connect those who need.

Transport The High St refurbishment funding application to SUSTRANS was submitted in June, we await the decision at the time of writing. Work continues to address a parking strategy for the town and develop the Active Travel network.

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