Religion and Politics

Three of my main life ‘rules’ are:


I’m certainly not qualified to dish out fashion advice and the second bullet point speaks for itself and so, if you don’t mind, I’m going to touch on the first one today.

I’m a trustee of the wonderful charity, the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) ( and, in that capacity I was invited, by RHASS, to attend the Harvest Thanksgiving service at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh on 1 October.

What a fantastic service it was.  I am not religious but I always enjoy the chance to sit in contemplation and gratitude in such a beautiful place and so the invitation was much appreciated. Likewise, the content was heartfelt and relevant and, perhaps the icing on the cake was the fact that there was a combine and a tractor parked outside St Giles!

Image by Robert Perry

It was a brilliant day which helped to bridge the gap between rural and urban and give people a greater understanding of where their food comes from.

So here’s my plea – are you a farmer who could perhaps host a class of children on farm for a visit?  Or someone who could go into a school and give a talk about farming?  Or maybe you could give two hours of your time next Highland Show to volunteer in the RHET Discovery Centre, helping visitors to learn more about farming, food and the countryside?

The amazing RHET is always needing more volunteers (across the country, not just near Ingliston!) and so if you (or anyone you know – this is great CV building for older kids!) could possibly volunteer, please get in touch with RHET directly via:

I can’t promise exactly what your volunteering will involve but I CAN promise you that you will find it rewarding.

Have a great week,