News from prison

How strange(ways)! I’ve just received an SMS text message supposedly from HMP Saughton Edinburgh.

I’ve not been in prison since Christmas 2005.

I was there for a carol service in the chapel. And before that I was in for about a year (1997-1998), as a … well, my badge read “Student Chaplain”.

But there weren’t many students there, just prison officers, convicts and (mostly young) men on remand,  so I just had to be a chaplaincy student. That was during my ordination training.

I really enjoyed that experience.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 49 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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