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Assembly Fringe 2017

Jackie Macadam offers a flavour of some of the events that made up this year's Fringe at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

HAVING started off in some style, there was something of a subdued atmosphere at the Assembly after the Manchester bombing and a planned election hustings was cancelled.

Monday’s fringe event was all a bit grey (not unlike the weather to be honest) but in this case it was thanks to the first Crossreach Grey Cake Challenge, a delightful contest between the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland – the Right Rev Dr Derek Browning, and the Moderator of the National Youth Assembly, Mr Andrew MacPherson.

The unveiling of the cakes – grey on the outside and rainbow on the inside – during the Crossreach fringe event, were to show that depression can be like grey cloud wrapped around a bright and vibrant person and that sometimes you need to cut through that grey cloud in order to release the person trapped inside.

Tuesday saw a presentation by Sally Magnusson about her charity, ‘Playlist For Life’ and the impact a personalised playlist can have on a person with dementia.

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