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St Andrew’s Day 2021

Happy St Andrew’s Day! Our Advent Calendar proper will start tomorrow, on the first of December, but I thought we could begin with a taster today.  Each day until Christmas I will send out an Advent Calendar message…

On this eve of Advent

Good morning, I hope you have made it safely through Storm Arwen.  I was returning yesterday evening from a Christmas High Table dinner at University Hall and found the way blocked on Kennedy Gardens because of a…

Services of Thanksgiving for Graduation

Good evening, It is just over a week until the first of the University’s four graduation ceremonies this winter. The first two ceremonies take place on St Andrew’s Day, Tuesday 30 November, and the following two will…

Planting for the Planet

Good morning, It’s a beautiful morning in St Andrews, and looks good for Planting for the Planet this afternoon!  Hope to see you for planting some crocus bulbs, and learning about gardens in different faiths and…

Final day of Summer

Good evening, This is final day of summer – British Summer Time that is.  Tonight the clocks go back, and we revert to Greenwich Mean Time.  Daylight will come an hour earlier from tomorrow, but with the inexorable…

‘Fond memories of St Monans’

Good morning, Yesterday was 20 years to the day since Maya and I moved to Fife.  We arrived around midnight having travelled all day from Laytown, Co Meath, in the Republic of Ireland.  In our car, our faithful Ford…

Looking back over the past decade

Greetings, Today is my tenth anniversary as Chaplain to the University.  On Thursday 1 September 2011 I drove to St Andrews from St Monans where I was still living, and met the Chaplaincy secretaries Tracy and Emma,…

‘Preparations and openings’

Good morning, There is a week to go!  Students are already arriving in St Andrews to resume their studies, or begin them.  Some are returning 3, or 9 or even 18 months or so since they were last in the town.  In the…

Exhibits of faith at the Wardlaw

Good afternoon, St Andrews is abuzz with the sounds of kids enjoying the Lammas Fair – on waltzers, merry-go-rounds and flying machines.  But there are more gentle pleasures for the visitor, such as the newly extended,…