Intimations, for the week commmencing 12th July 2020

Rev. James Aitken may be contacted on 0131 334 1324 or via email on

If you would like to read during the service, and can video yourself doing so at home, let the minister know.

AUTUMN QUARTERLY - Alec Stevenson will continue to edit the Quarterly, and plans to keep to the usual copy dates despite the uncertainty about when “normal” worship will be able to resume.  So, please can you start thinking of any articles you would like him to include.  Perhaps you would like to share some of your experiences of coping during this enforced lockdown, and your plans for the future – either in a personal context or in relation to the organisations with which you are associated.    Humour will be welcome, given the privations we’ve all had to endure!  The final copy date is Sunday 26 July and it would be very helpful to have your articles and photos timeously.  Please also note that Alec has a new email address: .  If you have a handwritten article, please phone Alec on 334 4471 to arrange collection.   The Quarterlies will be distributed in the second half of August – by a means that will depend on the prevailing circumstances.

At this time communication is important.  

Please give us your email address to help us keep you up to date with all that is happening at St. Ninian's. Our email is

0800 111 4000 is the new Government Helpline number for anyone needing help. Operates during office hours Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

It is unlikely that there will any Garden Open Days this year.  Instead there will be Virtual Gardens on St, Ninian’s website and on St. Ninian’s Facebook page. 

Should you wish to be included, please send no more than two  photographs, attached to an e-mail, to Narrative can be included but should you wish your Christian and Surname to be included this will require explicit permission for GDPR requirements; so, Ian Kirkpatrick’s garden would require permission, but Ian’s garden would not. It would not be advisable to include your postal address.

The Rock Trust is appealing for continuing community support as it struggles to provide food for homeless young people in Edinburgh at this extremely challenging time. If you would like to help, you can make a donation at . Many thanks.


In light of the outbreak of Covid-19 could you contact older members and members with significant underlying health conditions in your district to ensure that we have up-to-date contact details for them.  Importantly could advise the office of any members with no family or significant community support so that if older or vulnerable members feel they need to self-isolate or want to limit their exposure to potential risks we can offer support and help where we can.

If elders get back to the Church Office with a list of names of older members lacking support we can keep a record of who they are in the office and James or the elder could check in with them from time to time.

Jacob Scott, a student at Aberdeen University and a son of our elder Shirley Scott is looking for some help. He writes the following:

I am student from the University of Aberdeen, and I am currently in the process of working on my dissertation. This dissertation is going to be based on Corstorphine both past and present looking at the changes that have emerged in Corstorphine as part of wider societal changes that have occurred over the past 200 years due to urbanisation and globalism.

Apart from my university years, I have lived in Corstorphine for my whole life and I am very fond of the area which is why I have chosen it as a topic of research. 

For part of my research, I am looking to gather information about the people of Corstorphine and their histories, experiences, and perspectives living here. I have created a survey that I have attached via the link below that I would appreciate if you could fill it out.

Other than the survey, I am looking for oral histories. What this means is that I am looking for personal histories of people who are elderly and have lived in Corstorphine for most of their lives or who have parents or grandparents who lived in Corstorphine. The reason being that through my research, I am looking to create a timeline of Corstorphine’s history through the people’s perspective and to find out what has changed. 

The aim of my research is quite broad, I am simply looking to see how life has changed whether that be 

Obviously right now with COVID-19, I cannot do any face to face research although, if anyone wishes to help, they can contact me via email at

North West Foodbank: currently running low on several essential items.

Under 2 weeks stock of following:

Vegetables (tinned)


Chopped tomatoes (tin)

Cold meat (tin e.g. corned beef)

Fruit juice (long life)

Fruit (Tinned)

Hand Wash

Household cleaning products


Potatoes (tin)

UHT milk

Link will give you full details or simply google Edinburgh north west foodbank.

You can donate food items at Tesco Corstorphine, Morrisons Gyle and

M&S Gyle.

They would really appreciate anything you can give.


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