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  • Sreepur Village - We are really excited in our office in Beckenham as we have launched our first Crowd-Funding campaign! Some of you contributed to this appeal on the back of our Christmas newsletter and we thank you for that, but we need you to help...
  • A Personal View of Dementia by Journalist and Newspaper Columnist Helen Martin - Dementia – most of us are familiar with the term as the numbers of those affected rises at an astonishing rate. And many of us will have personal experience of relatives and friends suffering from the condition. I certainly have,...
  • Borders Children’s Charity - 50 years of helping Borders Kids! Which of the eleven women gathered round the kitchen table of a Borders farmhouse in 1966 would have thought that 50 years later the charity they founded would still be going strong? Read more……
  • Billy Riordon Memorial Trust - Billy Riordan Memorial Trust (BRMT) http://www.billysmalawiproject.org/ The Trust is a small Irish registered charity totally dependent on donations from generous individuals and non-donor organisations. They have provided a medical lifeline to the remote community of Cape Maclear, Malawi for the...
  • When Children ask about terror “I don’t know is a brave reply” - The British author Tim Lott writes in the family section of the Guardian on Saturday 28th November 2015 and it’s an article well worth reading.
  • Another step along the evolutionary ladder - A case brought to the High Court by the British Humanist Association resulted in a landmark judgment on the 25th November. Mr Justice Warby has ruled in favour of the three humanist parents and their children who challenged the Government’s relegation of...
  • Tragic Events in Paris - Like so many others around the world showing solidarity, we send our sympathy and support to the people of Paris and visitors to that multicultural city where so many have enjoyed a freedom to live, love and express who they may...
  • Nepal’s earthquake - Nepal’s earthquake On the 25th April 2015 Nepal suffered extensively as a result of the extremely serious Gorkha earthquake with its hypocentre some 15,000 metres below the surface. Such an upheaval is almost unimaginable; a natural disaster where the human...
  • Trash - It’s Oscar time for cinema buffs. January has seen an end to the family orientated child pleasers, and more worthy, meaningful and self-congratulatory films fill the cinema. While it’s great to watch these blockbusting heavy weights or personality vehicles, it’s...
  • Membership and The Fellowship - The Fellowship does not have a general membership because this is an outdated ideology that we consider divisive; segregating those who are members and those who are not. We recognise that humanism is concerned with our lives as people in...
  • Welcome to 2015 - Welcome all to 2015 which weather wise; in Edinburgh at least, opens with a wet, wild and windy start. Home at 2.00am from an evening with friends to be greeted by two patient Greyhounds awaiting their late night walk, a...
  • The Queen’s Retreat - An article by Graham Duff Last week I was retained to do a funeral ceremony and, as occasionally happens, was warned that, as there was no next of kin and no announcement was being placed in the local newspapers, in...
  • “What are we? Humans? Or animals? Or savages?” - As a young boy I recall both reading and going to see the film The Lord of the Flies by William Golding. It’s a story I’ve never forgotten and one which in many ways relates to parts of the world...
  • Commonwealth 2014: The People’s Games - As the curtain fell on the 2014 Commonwealth Games, with a spectacular firework display which lit up the skyline of Glasgow, we were left with a poignant reminder of all that can be achieved through the hard work and determination...
  • Better to remember lest we Forget - D-Day 70th Anniversary. It is a good thing to demand liberty for ourselves and those who agree with us; it is a better and rarer thing to give it to others who do not agree with us. Franklin D Roosevelt...
  • A 3P Wedding - I conducted a fabulous wedding earlier this month, with a lovely couple and their young son at their home out in the country. Both bride and groom wanted a very casual ceremony, with only their witnesses and their son in...
  • Stephen Sutton - Stephen Sutton Sadly Passes Away – 14th May 2014 “My heart is bursting with pride but breaking with pain for my courageous, selfless, inspirational son”.  These are the words penned by Stephen Sutton’s mother shortly after he passed away last Wednesday...
  • An Inspiration to All - Stephen Sutton has hit headlines all over the world in the past few weeks.  Tragically diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer, the 19-year old has poured his focus and energy on a list of 46 things he wants to do in...
  • Same Sex Couples Gain Right to Marry in Scotland - Love, marriage and democracy! A new law passed in Scotland gives equality to both gay and heterosexual couples – allowing people who choose to marry to follow their hearts in spirit and in law. Scottish democracy has shown us to...
  • The Railwayman - As Oscar season continues and nominations are posted, The Railway Man staring Colin Firth in the lead role of Eric Lomax, a British soldier captured and held as a prisoner of war by the Japanese after the surrender of troops...
  • A Happy New Year - A Happy New Year to one and all. It has been such an amazing and successful year for the Fellowship that the festive season zipped by before we knew it; as did the proposed date for our end of year...
  • Typhoon Haiyan - Philippines Typhoon Appeal As you may know the BBC Newsreader Kirsty Young presented a broadcast on the BBC on behalf of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). The response to the Philippines typhoon appeal by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has...
  • The Atheist Church - In the Fellowship, although a smaller organisation, promoting humanist and humanitarian values through our work as Celebrants is integral to what we do. The question in my own mind, as always, is how can we reach out to a larger...
  • Freedom of Choice in Marriage Laws - The human spirit is drawn to love and companionship. Yet what if you couldn’t marry the person you love? That’s how it is for same sex couples – but we are on the verge of change. Scotland stands ready to...
  • Human Will - What a wonderful couple of weeks of sporting success we have just enjoyed. Firstly the Lions overcome the odds, history and public opinion to win the third test and consequently the series against the much fancied Wallabies, then Andy Murray...
  • James Gillespies High School South Africa project - I received this article from my granddaughter Jay Yule who is a former James Gillespie s High School pupil. Based on her experience the Fellowship decided to include the South Africa project as one of the humanitarian projects we will support as...
  • Humanist Fellowship Spring - The past few months have proved to be a very busy period for all within the Fellowship and the development of the web site is progressing well. We have just launched our wedding venues pages which we hope will make...
  • Humanist Fellowship of Scotland – Our New Website - I’m delighted to announce and as you can all see, the launch of our web site. Although not finalised, is opens today; all thanks to the hard work of Helen at Web Leithen  who has also recently completed a web...