A wee chat to my local ladies of the Woman’s Guild in Burghead, memories of my Mum.


The Church of Scotland Guild is a movement within the Church of Scotland which invites and encourages both women and men to commit their lives to Jesus Christ and enables them to express their faith in worship, prayer and action.
With around 20,000 members, the Guild is one of Scotland’s largest voluntary organisation.

I am still chasing jet lag with my return from the USA, Yesterday was so busy catching up doing washing and up at 0400 time clock gone. Then it was get things done shopping make soup for my old friend Wendy. Get flu jab, visit Dentist for broken filling, collect bike for Stuarts Cycles in Forres. The tiredness hit me about midday but I had promised a chat to my local Women’s Guild in my village that night.

The Women’s guild has a place in my heart and my mother was the President in her Church Guild in Ayr. She was a dedicated lady to the Guild and the church and despite being extremely ill with leukaemia she continued her dedication right to the end of her life. There was no way I was not going to do this, despite not feeling great.

It was only in the village and the as I arrived there were so many kind faces and I told the ladies a bit about Mountain Rescue and the teams. They were as expected a great crowd and I added in a bit about my journey to Cycle to Syracuse. I was a bit emotional as I tried to explain that Lockerbie was a little town not far off the same as Burghead and the ties I have with this place and its people. I spoke about the ladies of Lockerbie and what they did for us nearly 30 years ago.  I could see in the faces they understood and would have done the same. These ladies in my village are a big part of the soul of this village and it was good to share a few hours with them.

My Mum a lovely lady, typical Scots and so kind and good.

We had team it was in the China cups that my Mum used with the Guild crest and then a few words and hymns. It was a great evening and a short pack and I was home and a sleep, but still up early.   I am so lucky to have such an influence in my life as my Mum I miss her every day and last night it was great to meet and see these lovely folk who like so many do so much good yet never say much about it.

I met so many like these ladies among the folk I met in the USA and Lockerbie, kind souls who rarely speak out but do great things quietly but are the life blood of our community. Yet they still laughed at my jokes when I introduced myself as the most eligible bachelor in Burghead.

What a lovely night and a great end to a busy few days and always good to talk about folk you love,


About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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4 Responses to A wee chat to my local ladies of the Woman’s Guild in Burghead, memories of my Mum.

  1. Cliff Medley says:

    Hi Heavy, your energy and enthusiasm is awesome and an inspiration to all, I followed all your cycle to Syracuse blogs, they were very moving and you should be rightly proud if your involvement in keeping the memories alive.

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  2. ptsd17 says:

    I don’t know where you find the time & energy! Truly inspirational. I’ve sent you an email about the mountain rescue team problems, did you get it?

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    • Yes catching up with that later !
      Could you let me know who helped you organisation for PTSD getting various asks for help tell folk help for heroes but do you have an organisation ? I know you deal with the Ayrshire help group! I am away today maybe catch up tmrw!

      Tired now

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