St Giles’ Life

The congregation plays an important role in the life of St Giles’ Cathedral. On this page you will find news and updates which may be of interest to the church community, including the quarterly newsletter and intimations from services.


Forthcoming Events:

fresh start 12.8.19

Filming info:


From Sat 7th Sept to Wed 11th Sept, City of Edinburgh Council has given permission to a film production company to operate in and around the High Street and Parliament Square (West and ‘East’).  Roads may be closed and vehicle access restricted at various times and there will be a police presence during shooting hours.  Additionally, for safety reasons, pedestrians will be diverted around that day’s filming area and may have to wait while a shot is completed before being escorted through.

On Sunday 8th September filming is within Parliament Square (‘East’ and West).

  • All Sunday services and St Giles’ at 6 will continue as normal.
  • The café in the Lower Aisle will not open and the church will close between services.
  • St Giles’ Street will be closed to vehicles. Other streets around the area may have parking suspensions as essential technical vehicles may be placed there.
  • The High Street will remain open to vehicles (for drop-off only) but there is likely to be a barrier staffed by the film company’s personnel – you may need to say you are going to the church.
  • For blue badge holders only, the film company are negotiating with the Council in the hope of providing some (very limited) parking; location is still to be confirmed (possibly on the High Street or in a small section of West Parliament Square), please show your blue badge clearly to the barrier personnel and ask them where you should park. This is on a ‘first come first served’ basis so we ask those who are able to please use alternative means of transport or parking.
  • There will be no access, vehicle or pedestrian, to the filming area between the south side of the church and the Court of Session / Parliament House.
  • The north ramp at the West Door will be open but the south ramp is ‘in shot’ and will be closed. However, if you are a wheelchair user and find you need to use the south ramp, access can be arranged, though you may be asked to wait briefly while the film company complete their shot.
  • Both West and East Doors will be open to the congregation but, to ensure the safety of congregation members and appropriate access for the film company, barriers will be in place around them; routes in and out of the building should be easily recognisable with the film company providing signage for clarity.

Filming picture

Latest Intimations

Sunday 25 August – Trinity 10

St Giles’ at Six at 6pm on Sunday will be given by The RTÉ Philharmonic Choir, from Dublin.

Evening Prayer at 8pm on Sunday will be a service of Holy Communion. The Rev Douglas A O Nicol will preside and preach.

On Sunday 8th September there will be vehicle and parking restrictions around the High Street and Parliament Square.  A sheet with further information is available at this service or please see our website.

Sunday 18 August 2019- Trinity 9

St Giles’ at Six at 6pm on Sunday will be given by The Wordsworth Singers.
Evening Prayer at 8pm on Sunday will be conducted by The Rev Prof Kenneth M

William Briant, Herrick Bunney Organ Scholar, leaves us this week to pursue
postgraduate studies, and we thank him for all he has done for the music of St
Giles’ in his four years with us.
To celebrate the end of the Summer season and to usher in the Autumn, the St.
Giles’ Neighbourhood Group invite you to an evening of music and merriment
in aid of local charities. This will be in the Cathedral on Friday 13th September.
We need to track numbers, so if you are interested in attending please contact
Fiona Graham on: morrisongraham@btinternet. com)


Sunday 4 August 2019 – Trinity 7

St Giles’ at Six at 6pm on Sunday will be an Organ Recital given by Simon Leach.

Evening Prayer at 8pm on Sunday will be conducted by The Rev Craig Meek.

We give thanks for the life and service of Miss Jean Millan (D2), who died on 27th July.  A funeral will be held on Monday 5th August, 12 noon, Seafield Crematorium.



Latest St Giles’ Newsletters

St Giles’ Newsletter -July 2019