Mar 312015

Police ScotlandPolice in East Lothian are appealing for information following an indecent exposure in Port Seton on Sunday.

The incident happened around 6 pm on Links Road near to the Haven Holiday Park at Seton Sands when a man in a parked car opened his door and exposed himself.

The man is described as white, tall and balding. The car was red, possibly an Audi.

Police Inspector Alan Hogarth said:

This behaviour is completely unacceptable and we intend to pursue all possible lines of enquiry to find the suspect.

This incident was very distressing for the people who witnessed it and we’re looking to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time, or who knows the suspect, to come forward.

Anyone with information can contact us on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Mar 312015

Centrepiece ChoirA dementia friendly choir in North Berwick has been given a funding boost of £5,000.

Centrepiece Choir, which is part of North Berwick Day Care Association, was started two years ago by people with dementia and their friends who wanted to sing and perform, with money from a local Trust fund.

The choir have already performed a programme of successful events, and practice weekly in the local church hall under the direction of gifted choir master Andrew Brown. The choir themselves decide what they would like to sing, and where they would like to go to perform, and are supported by community volunteers who organise the music, venues, transport and outfits.

The funding will allow this community of interest to continue to come together, to meet in a familiar group with like-minded people who enjoy singing and performing in a dementia friendly space, and entertain their local community.

Funding has come from the Life Changes Trust, an independent charity set up with a Big Lottery Fund endowment of £50 million to improve the lives of two key groups in Scotland: people affected by dementia and care experienced young people. The Trust will be investing £3million in 14 different dementia friendly communities over the next three years.

Valerie MacAdam, one of the choir organisers and a member herself, said,

This funding is very important to our choir. Activities like singing help people rediscover old skills, build confidence and have fun. Over the years, many people in the choir have had dementia but they really enjoy singing because, for them, the memory of singing has stayed long after everything else goes. Our choir will continue to build on the positive outcomes that the power of music, and being part of a community can bring to people with dementia.’
Elma Danks, Chair of the North Berwick Day Centre Management Committee and also a choir member said, ‘It gives them huge pleasure and you can see such a positive change in their appearance each time you meet them and they have sung. They really enjoy entertaining others because they feel they are still able to give back, they are contributing, and taking part.

Anna Buchanan, Director of the Life Changes Trust dementia programme said

Many people living with dementia stop taking part in activities that may have given them great pleasure in the past, or which allowed them to mix with their peers. Initiatives like these bring people together in a dementia friendly community of interest where they have opportunities to be part of something that is meaningful to them. This is a self-directed group who make decisions about what they do and how they do it. This funding will support them to continue to be empowered to do the things they love and make decisions about their own activities.

In Scotland:

  • It is estimated that around 90,000 people have dementia
  • The number of people with dementia in Scotland is increasing, because the population is getting older. Based on current dementia prevalence rates, the number of people with dementia in Scotland is projected to double by 2038*.
  • Much of that financial burden falls on family carers and friends, who may also experience social isolation, exhaustion and health problems associated with the demands of caring.
  • Dementia costs the country more than cancer, heart disease and stroke put together.

The Life Changes Trust is committed to funding and supporting the development of Dementia Friendly Communities across Scotland and to supporting transformational improvements in the quality of life, well-being, empowerment and inclusion of people affected by dementia – both those who have dementia and those who care for them.

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Mar 312015

Holy IslandAn East Lothian kirk is planning to create a pilgrim route from the Firth of Forth to Holy Island and is inviting faith and secular groups to work in partnership on the plan.

A group of enthusiasts involved in the annual Haddington – Whitekirk pilgrimage over the past five years came up with the idea to enable people – churchgoers or not – to discover a ‘spiritual dimension in their lives’ and at the same time, develop their physical and mental fitness.

On Friday May 8, they will meet in Athelstaneford Parish Church to hear guest speaker Nick Cooke, of the Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum and discuss the plan for a marked, walking/cycling route which could follow existing coastal paths and the John Muir Way as much as possible, linking East Lothian with Lindisfarne.

Outlining the scheme, the Rev Joanne Evans-Boiten, minister at Athelstaneford linked with Whitekirk and Tyninghame church, says:-

The project would let anyone at any time, travel the whole, long distance Pilgrim route or tackle it in shorter sections. Churchgoers or not, people today are often looking for a spiritual dimension in their lives and this route would enable them to experience the beauty of the world around them and through this experience, enable spiritual growth. We’d introduce them to an area of south east Scotland and north east England which is historically very important having strong links to early Christianity.

Apart from individuals benefiting, she adds, the Pilgrimage would help local communities, tourism, businesses and landowners and “fits well with the Scottish Government’s ‘Let’s get Scotland Walking’ approach to improving health.

Mar 272015

A few weeks ago I played a track that was once very popular on the BBC Light Programme’s famous ‘Children’s Favourite’ radio show. This was a show designed especially for the kids of the time and gave us the opportunity to have requests played on the radio.

The track I refer to was ‘Sparky and the Talking Piano’ and I have had a lot of requests for more of the same – so on Saturday and during the first hour, I will be playing another of the Sparky series – ‘Sparky and the Talking Train’. It’s the one my parents bought for me when I was knee high to a grasshopper so I have very fond memories of it indeed.
Hey – and it was on three double sided ‘78’ records too!
Mmmmmm…The kids today…….

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Our ‘Year under the Spotlight’ in the second hour is 1977 – a year that will be remembered as the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Year. It was in 1977 too that Clive Sinclair launched his 2” tv set which sold for an astonishing £175, that the World Snooker Championships moved to a new venue – the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield and was televised for the first time and the year Kenny Dalglish signed for Liverpool from Celtic for £440,000 – becoming Britain’s most expensive player to date.
We were listening to music then from the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart, the Eagles and Leo Sayer.

And last but not least, we will be checking out the top 20 best-selling UK singles in our ‘Vintage Chart’ from exactly 50 years ago – the 28th. March 1965. This week we have new entries from Cliff Richard, the Yardbirds, the Who and Petula Clark.

So tune in at noon on Saturday and rekindle those memories of yesteryear with me, golden oldie Andy Morris and the GREAT Golden Oldies Show.

Mar 202015

This week’s show really is a cracker – and quite unique!

All you have to do is switch on, tune in and then switch off for three hours as we travel back to a time when holidays (if you were lucky enough to go away) were always spent here in Britain, when spending money was used to buy sweets, when you might find a sixpence in your Christmas Pudding and when teachers used the cane to punish naughty children.

Our first hour will be devoted to tracks plucked randomly from my own personal collection and will of course include our ‘Children’s Favourite’. 

Our ‘Year under the Spotlight’ in the second section is 1971. It was in 1971 that we went decimal with our coinage, the year the Morris Marina first appeared on our streets and Britain first entered into negotiations to become members of the EEC.
Back then we were listening to music from the Carpenters, Mathew’s Southern Comfort and Bobby Goldsboro.

And last but not least, we will be checking out the top 20 best-selling UK singles in our ‘Vintage Chart’ from exactly 50 years ago. That’s the 21st. March 1965 to be precise and it’s the UK singles chart that are following every week. With a new No 1 and new entries  from Elvis and Unit Four plus Two, it will be worth waiting for.

Join me – Andy Morris at noon on Saturday, here – and only here on Radio Saltire.