Intimations 13th June May 2021


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

Our Sanctuary is open for worship

We are delighted to report that the sanctuary is open for worship.

The procedures for worship will be as before, and as before you will need to call to reserve a place (or turn up on the day with hope in your heart). The phone number is – 07399 950 204.

The numbers permitted to attend our services in the sanctuary are now up to 104.

There will be a Family Service in the sanctuary next Sunday 20th June (Sanctuary Sunday - Refugee Week).  Families with children will be given priority booking for these services.  The online service will be as normal.


Annual Stated Meeting

The Annual Stated Meeting of the congregation will be held on Sunday 27th June at 12:00 midday on Zoom following the morning service. The meeting will include the presentation of the accounts, a report from the treasurer, and a report from the minister.

For those not able to attend the meeting on Zoom, a copy of the accounts and the ministers' report will be available on request from the minister, and any questions to the treasurer or the minster from people who cannot attend on Zoom should be tabled in advance of the meeting.


Due to the current situation with Covid-19 and the likely requirements, it has been decided that there will not be physical Open Gardens this year.

However, with the success of Virtual Open Gardens last year with photos being put on the St. Ninian’s website, this will be repeated this year but with the added incentive of a Competition!

New photos of Gardens will not only be put on the “Photos” section of the website, but also be judged such that what are deemed to be the “best” three or four will be displayed on the Home Page. The photos on the Home Page will be anonymous.

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.

Corstorphine Low Traffic Neighbourhood

The next stage of engagement around the proposals for the Corstorphine Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) are now live on the Council’s consultation hub.

Here you can access a StoryMap which details the proposals in detail and review feedback from previous community engagement from February/March in the summary report. You will also be able to have your say on the proposals via an online survey.

Comments and Survey available till 4 July 2021.


The congregation will learn with sadness of the death of Mrs Marguerite Thomson, Inchview Care Home and previously of Clerwood Park. Her funeral takes place on Wednesday 16th June. The funeral is private and will be webcast. We remember Mrs Thomson’s family and friends in our prayers.

Webcast details not yet available – please call office for these.


Session Clerk

After many years of service as Session Clerk to St. Ninian’s Kirk Session, Andrew Gibb has decided that he would like to stand down.  His last Kirk Session meeting as clerk will be in December 2021.

The Kirk Session is very grateful for all that Andrew has done for the Session and St. Ninian’s as a whole, and is keen to mark its appreciation for his years of service.  It will discuss arrangements for doing so at a later date.

In May the Kirk Session agreed to appoint a team of Session Clerks to work together to support the Kirk Session, the minister and the congregation.  The Kirk Session would welcome nominations for appointments to this new Session Clerk team from members of the congregation.  A Session Clerk does not have to be an elder, and more details about the role and the team structure can be found on the St. Ninian’s website:

If anyone would like to make a nomination, please seek permission from your proposed nominee first, and make nominations to the minister in writing before the end of July 2021.


The Edinburgh Food Project depends on all of us to help families experiencing food poverty. They ask that each time you shop you try to buy just a few extra items, and these make a big difference.

These are the most urgently needed items.











Donating these items can make a real difference for families struggling to provide.

Everyone referred to the project will receive a balanced & nutritious 3 day supply of food. 

Over 90% of the food distributed by foodbanks in The Trussell Trust network is donated by the public – that’s why your food donations are absolutely vital to our ability to give everyone referred to us a balanced and nutritious three day supply of food.

There are donation points at Tesco Corstorphine and both M&S and Morrison’s at the Gyle. 



Tower Opening

The Tower will open to visitors from Sunday 20th June 2-4pm, and hopefully through July and August. At present we do not have enough volunteers to continue that long, so please consider volunteering for around one Sunday per month to help us out.

Visitors will need to book in advance as numbers are limited, and wear facemasks, and hand sanitisers will be provided.

Groups of up to 5 can book a 15-minute slot with the contact named below.

Guided Walks

Saturday June 26th Ian Moore will lead a walk around the Hill showing ‘Birds and other Wildlife on Corstorphine Hill’. Meet in the Walled Garden at 9.00am.

Sunday July 25th  Brian Moffat will lead a walk showing  ‘Alien and Exotic Plants on Corstorphine Hill’. Meet at the Walled Garden at 2pm.

As numbers are limited you will also need to book places in advance.

CONTACT:  Gordon Swann, 0131 334 4769


The Walled Garden, maintained by our volunteers, is open to visitors every day and is at its best in summer.




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