As we are still under enhanced Level 4 COVID Scottish Government restrictions, our church doors remain closed but we are moving forward with the First Minister announcing that places of worship could be opening around key religious festivals e.g. Easter.  We await further information on this and what it means for Church of Scotland and our church over the coming weeks.

Watch this space!!!!

Our minister, Murdo C. Macdonald will continue to livestream both Wednesday and Sunday services weekly, which will certainly be some comfort for everyone during the coming weeks. Please do tune in using the various normal options. 

You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.


Please see below some details of the new KitBag initiative which would hopefully be of interest and perhaps particularly timely given the latest lockdown.

I am not looking for mass promotion, but at this stage, more of a targeted approach, so it’s more quality than quantity. 

Our KITbags are really designed to be used in conjunction with either weekly calls, virtual sessions or what we have just started, phone circles (for those who can’t or don’t suit online sessions) 

Here is a quick, short video showing the unpacking of a KITBag -  

Really about encouraging some physical activity at home in conjunction with an interest in sport and the sharing of memories enshrined in the usual weekly clubs.

We can send these direct to participants or they could be distributed via staff/volunteers if that can be done safely.

Two crucial additional elements:

  1. As I suggest, it does require some form of weekly interaction with the recipient, to encourage the use of the physical activity items in particular, either via one-to-one phone call or online Sporting Memories type session or our new phone circles (conference call platform where members can be phoned rather than having to phone in and where there is no call charge to them)
  2. Individual sign-up process and monitoring for consent and so that it can be properly evaluated (sign-up can be undertaken over the phone with individuals by your staff/volunteers)

It is an initial 12 week pilot. Packs and monthly additional printed Pinks sent to members all included – fully funded. Free online training available for Online/phone circle sessions.

For our sign-up form we can provide a version that can be printed out and filled in, a dynamic word version (See attached documents) or this survey monkey version which might be the easiest to complete over the phone with any participants.  

  • Sporting Memories KIT bag Registration Form Part 1 Sporting Memories KIT bag Registration Form Part 1 (330 KB)
  • Sporting Memories KIT bag Registration Form Part 1(2) Sporting Memories KIT bag Registration Form Part 1(2) (327 KB)

    In the meantime if there are any other issues, please do not hesitate to contact myself. 

    Many thanks and take care. 


    Yvonne Friel

    Group Delivery & Practice Co Ordinator

    The Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland

    Tel: 07760469236


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