Friday, 29 July 2016

A Time To Give

When my colleagues Julie Reid and Andy McSorley set up the Caledonian Humanist Association, they chose a different path. They decided we would focus on serving our local communities, keep our costs as low as possible and give away any surplus funds to local charities. 

CHA is now a year old, so for my first donation I chose Sands Lothians, which is based in Edinburgh. 

Sands Lothians supports anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby before, during or shortly after birth. Many parents feel that only others who have experienced the death of a baby can offer real understanding, so they run local support groups, usually led by bereaved parents and family members.

Nicola Welsh, Chief Executive of Sands Lothian said, "We are delighted to receive this donation of £1,000, and we will use it to host an Royal College of Midwives accredited training day for our support staff."

I think that Sands Lothians does great work, and I hope I can find other ways to help them in future. 

My thanks to the Edinburgh Evening News for the picture

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Wedding No. 1,000

It was quite a day at Prestonfield House yesterday, when I conducted the wedding of Robyn and Paul. As luck would have it, theirs was my 1,000th legal marriage, so I gave it to them as a wedding present.

We were very lucky. The guests were glam, and the weather was on its best behaviour.

Emma Gray was on hand to do the photographic honours, and one of her shots ended up here, in the Edinburgh Evening News

Friday, 1 July 2016

Get It On: Music for a Humanist Wedding

Mrs. M and I are regular listeners to Bryan Burnett's BBC Radio Scotland show Get it On, a programme where the audience suggests a theme and picks the playlist.

It's a great show and every so often we drop them a line to suggest a song. To cut a long story short, a few weeks back I suggested that they might choose music for a humanist wedding as a theme, and last night, that's what we had.

You can listen to the programme in its entity on the BBC iPlayer here

And there are many, many great tracks on the playlist, which you can see here

Some of them I know well, others were a revelation.

If you choose any of these songs for your wedding, please let me know, and drop a line to the programme too - I am sure they'd love to know You can reach them at

Abigail and Ryan's Humanist Wedding at The Signet Library

 I don't usually post photos from the prep, but these candid snaps by Ricky Baillie are too good not to share! David (above) i...