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’I feel blessed to be part of all this’

Jackie Macadam meets the BBC health editor Hugh Pym, a Church of Scotland elder.

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“MY ffirst experience of the Church of Scotland was when Susan and I were married at Dumbarton Riverside Parish Church in 1986 and I have never looked back!” Hugh Pym, BBC Health Editor and a well-known face on TV, is talking about his life and his latest interest, a book about the Scottish soldiers who passed through London on their way to (and from) the trenches of the Ffirst World War.

“Susan is a ‘daughter of the Rock’ and was part of the Riverside congregation as a girl. (The Very Rev Dr) John Cairns married us – he was minister at Riverside then – and we have so much enjoyed keeping in touch with John and Liz since then including during his stint as Locum Minister at St Columba’s, Pont Street, in London.”

Born in Malmesbury in Wiltshire, billed as the ‘oldest borough in England’, Hugh seems an unlikely advocate for the Church of Scotland, but his close personal involvement, with that of his wife, Susan, for eight years a member of the Church of Scotland’s Social Care Council CrossReach, is undoubtedly honest and heartfelt.

“There are links back to the Anglo-Saxon kings in Malmesbury, and there is a ine Norman Abbey, now an Anglican church, where we worshipped as a family. My father was a church warden. I was educated at schools in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire and went to Oxford University. I then did a postgraduate diploma in radio journalism in Cornwall at a centre which is now part of Falmouth University. From there I got my first break in journalism in local radio,” says Hugh.

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IN THIS ISSUE 70 YEARS OF WALKING TOGETHER - Celebrating 70 years of the World Council of Churches ‘I FEEL BLESSED TO BE PART OF ALL THIS’ - Interview with the BBC’s HUGH Pym, a Church of Scotland Elder TRANSFORMING LIVES - Recognition for CrossReach Staff Plus much more....