After a vacancy of about 2½ years, Rev Joyce Keyes was ordained and inducted to the charge of Stronsay and Eday in September 1996. Among those present at the induction were: Back row: Rev Fiona Lillie, Stromness, Rev Iain MacDonald, Westray, a minister from Joyce Keyes’ home church in Glasgow and Rev Joan Craig, East Mainland. Front: Rev Bob Mellis, Shapinsay, Rev Joyce Keyes, Rev Frank Bardgett, Community Minister, Rev Marjory McLean, Stromness.
“Among the business that evening was a report from locum Mr Ireland, who explained his difficulties in travelling throughout the island to fulfil his duties and it was agreed that he should be supplied with a new bicycle!”
“This new church, manse and glebe was given the name of Mansefield and was only the second Secession Church to have its own place of worship in Orkney, Kirkwall being the first.”
“The reason I am so concerned as a member of the clergy is to right the injustices of the past to inform the strategies of today and formulate new hope for the young people of tomorrow. “
Calls For A Commission Of Enquiry: Acknowledging The Proceeds Of Slavery In Financing Scotland’s Buildings
“The transatlantic Slave Trade had a significant impact on Scotland as did the wealth obtained by individuals working with the East India Company (EIC), bringing back the wealth to invest in land and buildings in Scotland “
“The UK Government has a moral duty to take long-lasting and meaningful action to ensure that this crisis doesn’t deepen and doesn’t happen again.” – Rev Karen Hendry, Church of Scotland
” support congregations and faith communities in their endeavours to research the historic legacy of slavery in their own areas, particularly in relation to local religious buildings. “