Aug 282013

ChooseLifeLogoThe Choose Life Challenge Cup, Lothian Five-a-Side Football Tournament will take place on Saturday 7 September from 9.30am until 12.30pm at Gracemount Leisure Centre, 22 Gracemount Drive, Edinburgh, EH16 6RN.

John Murphy is a Project Worker with Scottish charity Health in Mind and as the event organiser he believes the Choose Life Challenge Cup is a fantastic event for ‘kicking off’ Suicide Prevention Week which runs until Saturday 14 September.

John continued:

So many young men find it hard to talk about their feelings and football is one of a number of activities that promotes a sense of belonging, reduces isolation and offers a comfortable space for guys to get together.

The event provides a great opportunity to find out about the issues and the services available locally.

Teams from Edinburgh, Mid, East and West Lothian are taking part but would we like more teams to register as well as people to come along and support the tournament on the day.

John is keen to point out that finding out about the issues means we can help the people we care about.

If there’s someone you know who you think might be considering suicide; ask them and be willing to listen and encourage them to get help – you could help save their life.

Alternatively if you are feeling suicidal, don’t hide it; find someone you trust and talk to them.

The Choose Life Campaign is part of the national strategy and action plan to prevent suicide in Scotland.

The partners in the Choose Life Challenge Cup – Lothian Five-a-Side Football Tournament are: NHS Lothian, East Lothian Council, The City of Edinburgh Council, Midlothian and West Lothian Council.

To register your team or find out more, contact John Murphy on 0131 663 1616.

Aug 282013

Police ScotlandPolice in East Lothian are appealing for witnesses after vandals again targeted a graveyard in Haddington.

Sometime in the past week, three headstones have been knocked over and a plaque has been destroyed at St Martin’s cemetery in Whittingehame Drive.

The value of this damage is believed to be around £500.

Officers previously investigated vandalism within St Martin’s in July, when the entrance gate and around 20 tombstones were ruined, resulting in repairs of over £6,000.

Inspector Ian MacKay said:

It is extremely disappointing that a cemetery, which has already sustained significant damage in the recent past has been targeted once again.

We are carrying out high-visibility patrols in the area to speak with locals and establish whether anyone has information that can help trace those responsible for this despicable crime.

If you do remember seeing anyone or anything suspicious within the cemetery in the past week or so then please contact police immediately.

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Aug 162013

Police Scotland

Police in East Lothian are appealing for witnesses after a two-car collision on the A1 this morning (Friday August 16).

The collision happened around 11.40am, on the A1 at Thistly Cross, near Dunbar.

A red Citroen Picasso heading south collided with a lilac Citroen Picasso heading north.

The female driver and the female passenger of the red Citroen Picasso were both taken by ambulance to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary with serious injuries and the driver of the lilac Citroen Picasso received minor injuries.

The northbound section of the A1 between the Spott roundabout and Thistly Bank was closed all afternoon, not reopening until around 4.45pm

Roger Park, Police Sergeant for Road Policing said:

I’d like to thank those who stopped to assist and acted as witnesses at the time of this accident, but we would like to appeal for any other witnesses to come forward.

Anyone with any information should contact Police Scotland on 101.

Aug 142013
Shannon McWilliam

Shannon McWilliam

Aboyne’s Shannon McWilliam, supported by the Paul Lawrie Foundation and a member of the Scottish Golf Academy, today achieved her biggest win to date – after victory in the Loretto School Scottish Boys & Girls Under-14s Championship at Fortrose & Rosemarkie.

The Aboyne club champion, 14, finished fifth in the event last year and drew on that confidence to claim the title by three shots in the Highland, holding off the challenge of the international field.

McWilliam posted a 12-over-par winning total after rounds of 75 and 79, three strokes ahead of five players in total.

Overnight leader Kirsty Brodie of Strathmore stumbled to an 84 for 15-over, the same mark as Katharina Steffl from Austria, Lucy Walton of The Worcestershire, Charthills’ Cloe Frankish and Charlotte Munro of Gullane Ladies.

McWilliam, also a member of the SLGA Foundation Squad, said:

I had a good finish in the Under-14s last year and that gave me confidence going into this week.

I came in hoping just to play my best and enjoyed thinking my way around a short but tight course. It was a very enjoyable tournament and I loved meeting new people and making friends with the other girls in the tournament.

Shannon paid tribute to coach Andrew Locke, who has been “a very important influence” and a lesson last week at Aboyne, the Royal Deeside club, helped her game click into place.

>> Click here for girls final scores from the Scottish Boys & Girls Under-14s Championship

Charlie Strickland

Charlie Strickland

In the boys’ event, West Sussex’ Charlie Strickland (Ham Manor) took the title.

The 14-year-old England National Under-16 Squad player also achieved his biggest win to date, cruising to a five-shot victory. Strickland posted a brilliant level-par score after rounds of 70 and 72.

Leopold Benze from Germany and William Eardley (Pannal) shared the runners-up spot.

Calum Mitchell of Balmore and Haggs Castle’s Aidan Husenne were the best-placed home players in a tie for ninth.

Strickland, who commended the condition of the course, came north with a team of three led by Scot Steven Orr, who is a regional coach for the South East.

“The key for the week was being accurate,” he said. “I hit a lot of greens, stayed patient and holed a few putts. I knew I could potentially win but the goal was a top-five.”

>> Click here for boys final scores from the Scottish Boys & Girls Under-14s Championship

The Boys & Girls Under-14s has been greatly supported by the Loretto School Golf Academy, who have been sponsors since 2004, and attracts talented young golfers from across the UK and beyond.

Jonathan Hewat, Director of External Affairs at Loretto School, added, “The standard of Golf from the youngsters was first-rate and I congratulate them all. It was a big occasion and I get the feeling that the future of Golf in Scotland is in safe hands!”

The Loretto School Golf Academy, based in Musselburgh, East Lothian, is widely recognised as the leading golf school in Europe. Now in its 11th year, it offers pupils an outstanding opportunity to develop their golfing talents in tandem with a first-class, all-round private school education.

>> Click here for more information on the Loretto School Golf Academy.