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Maureen Child Update 20 November 2015

Dear All

Among others, the young people of the Portobello Venturers, part of Porty’s Woodcraft Folk, are sleeping out to raise fund for the homelessness charity The Rock Trust tonight.  Please sponsor if you can:  Fundraiser for Rock Trust

Thank you for the very positive feedback I have had about my interview on Radio 4’s Today programme about Edinburgh’s welcome of the first group of Syrian refugees in Edinburgh last Wednesday morning.  I did say this was a cold place, but they could expect a warm welcome – as should all the 100 people a week that will come to live here, as Edinburgh is growing rapidly. These particular vulnerable individuals will need extra special support in settling in and we need to give them the space and time, privacy and opportunity to settle in well. Thanks to all our partner agencies, working well together well to get it right for each one of them. Our local refugee task group have been truly inundated with hugely generous individual offers of voluntary help of all kinds and it is difficult – in practice – to channel those kind offers. If you want to help with the refugee crisis, in any practical way, the ‘go to’ website is here:  http://www.scotlandwelcomesrefugees.scot/

There is a chance for more local people to find out about Tribe Porty, Windsor Place (above Earthy) 19 Windsor Place, EH15 2AJ.  Tribe Porty hope lots of folk will drop in for the Tribe Fest Launch and other events happening over the next couple of months.  Here is the link- Tribe Porty  Christmassy stuff also happening here on 6 December: Christmas Makers Fair

The fabulous Bridgend Inspiring Growth (BIG) has secured £1 million Big Lottery funding for Bridgend Farmhouse.  This Council-owed asset is now set to be transferred to BIG for development as a community space and they are inviting everyone to their Christmas Fair and Burns Supper: Chronicle Online

CCG, the company developing the old Niddrie Mill Primary School site right now, invite people to a community engagement event top see their proposals for the first phase of residential development as part of the Craigmillar Town Centre Masterplan.  The plan is for 121 homes, community parks and public realm.  It is a drop-in event at the White House Kitchen, 70 Niddrie Mains Road any time between 11am and 5pm. More here: Craigmillar Town Centre Proposal  EDI and the City of Edinburgh Council have announced a new temporary greening project for Craigmillar town centre, to be delivered in partnership with Edinburgh & Lothian Greenspace Trust. The new initiative will create a meanwhile space for community use on the reserved school site while works begin on the town centre development: Temporary Greening Craigmillar

What are credit unions and how can they beat payday lenders?.  Find out more herein this Guardian article: Credit Unions  If you travel along Niddrie Mains Road, you may have noticed that what was ex-MP Sheila Gilmore office has become the new main street home for the local Craigmillar credit union trading as Castle Community Bank. The Craigmillar-based credit union recently joined forces with North Edinburgh and a credit union study group in Leith to form a new joint entity and provide better savings and loans services locally, particularly in the neighbourhoods where those services are most needed.  The new premises are shared with the local advice service Community Ability Network (CAN) a few doors along. Do call in and find out more.

There is a planning application for the redevelopment of Telferton Allotments at Craigentinny. The site is not in Portobello/Craigmillar Ward, but many people I know in Portobello do have plots there and some have been tilling this soil for decades. The land is privately owned and these owners want to develop part of the land for housing, which would help ‘clarify’ the position of the allotment holders, but would substantially reduce the ground available for growing.  Years ago, Ex-Councillor Lawrence Marshall and I helped bring in some planning guidance on allotments which was robust enough to resist one previous attempt to get permission to develop the land or to bring in the bulldozers. Given my keen interest in this site, and community growing in general, I will not be taking part in the decision. I have probably shown my hand already on social media, so I have just signed the petition today so as to complete the picture.  The application number is 15/05072/PPP Allotments Telferton Edinburgh.  The link is to the detail of the applcation is here:  Telferton Allotments Application  People have until 4 December to tell them what you think, and you can do it on line.  Link to more community information is here:  Craigentinny and Telferton Allotments under threat of eviction | The Edinburgh Reporter

You and yours might get a new bike for Christmas; who knows what Santa may bring?!  If you do, and wonder what to do with the old one, do consider donating the old jalopy to the bike recycling charity The Bike Station.  Website here – wwww.thebikestation.org.uk

The police are giving out some good advice, some of it may be blindingly obvious but we don’t always do the sensible thing, now –  do we? Stay safe online this Christmas – if a price looks too good to be true then it probably is! Christmas shopping online? Look for the padlock in the address line before you enter any card details. Don’t tell thieves your house is empty over Christmas, so do watch what you post on social media.  Never leave purchases on display in your car.

Wouldn’t it be great if more people contributed to local media like Portobello Online, The Portobello Reporter and the new digital Chronicle about all the good stuff they are doing and what’s going on locally.  Not confident you know how?  A free online community journalism course returns in Feb 2016! Find out more: Course

Craigmillar Literacy Trust and partners are hosting the 19th Craigmillar Book Festival 16-28 November with over 700 children taking part. ‘Our Stories’ is the theme and everyone gets a chance to create their own stories and illustrations, inspired by visiting authors and illustrators. The Festival’s launch event featured Nick Sharratt, acclaimed illustrator and writer of a host of bestselling books for all ages, whose interactive event was for a hundred children from Niddrie Mill, St Francis, Newcraighall and Castleview Primaries and nursery children from Moffat Early Years Centre. A fun workshop with award-winning graphic novelists Metaphrog (John Chalmers and Sandra Marrs). They are coming to Craigmillar Library ahead of a US tour promoting their new book, The Red Shoes. John and Sandra have been developing comics and graphic novels together for over 20 years. Their workshop is aimed at children aged 8+ and their families – you get to make and take home your own mini comic, and ten free copies of The Red Shoes will be given away on the day to lucky young artists. The workshop is 2pm to 3.30pm on Saturday 28 November at Craigmillar Library, 101 Niddrie Mains Road. No need to book for this free event, just come along to the library on the day. Craigmillar Castle is hosting events with Vivian French, whose ‘Tales of the Five Kingdoms’. Craigmillar Books for Babies have storyteller Eric Brennan at Craigmillar Library on Saturday 28 November at 11am.

Since October 2013, a small group of staff from Carr Gomm’s community development team have been working with doctors to provide support to residents in the Craigmillar. Community Compass is funded by the Alliance and the Scottish Government. The project is designed to support people to connect with local services and help them overcome challenges they are facing, using an approach known as social prescribing. More here:

Carr Gomm in Craigmillar

Finishing with a few snippets this week:

Portobello Timebank Christmas Party is at the Dalriada, 7:30 – 9:30pm  on 3 December. Find out more in their newsletter here: Portobello Timebank

The Edinburgh Community Safety Partnership want you to take in this consultation. They want to know how antisocial behaviour affects you, what you think we should be doing about it and how you think we should be dealing with it over the next three years. Click here:  Consultation

Pick up some tips here: Are you prepared for winter?

Here is how to order your Caring Christmas Tree available locally.  Go to: caringchristmastrees.com/edinburgh

A reminder of the wonderful world of nature we have on our doorstep: Figgate Burn Park Photos

The woman who changed Craigmillar, a brief history: Helen Crummy

The Whitehouse Pub Darts Team from Craigmillar, Edinburgh, display their trophies (1974): Darts Team – Know Anybody?

Digitally-cleaned 1832 map of Portobello. Portobello 1832

Have a good weekend!

Best wishes

Maureen

 

Councillor Maureen Child | Labour Elected Member | Portobello/Craigmillar (Ward 17) | City of Edinburgh Council | City Chambers | High Street | Edinburgh | EH1 1YJ | Tel 0131 529 3268 | Mobile 07718 666 481| Twitter @MaureenChild1

p.s. My face-to-face Councillor Advice Sessions, or ‘Surgeries’, are usually every Monday at 5.30 pm in Castleview Community Centre, 76 Craigmillar Castle Avenue (Phone 661 4064) and then at 7 pm in Portobello Library, 14 Rosefield Avenue (Phone 529 5558).  Now also at Craigmillar Library, 101 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4DT, 1st Wednesday of the month, drop-in session 5pm-5.30pm, thereafter by appointment only up until 7.30pm. Please phone me on Direct Line 0131 529 3268 or Mobile 07718 666 481, or email maureen.child@edinburgh.gov.uk to check availability, make an appointment or request a home visit.

Have your say on Council spending and services by 10 December 2015

Maureen Child Update 13 November 2015

Dear All

There is a “Meet the Funders” drop-in fair for community groups the general public on Thursday 3 December in Portobello Town Hall, 147-149 High Street from 1pm to 4pm. A whole range of grant-giving trusts and organisations will be there with representatives to talk to.  I better be there at 1pm, as I’m down to do the official opening.  Further details on the website:  http://www.edinburghnp.org.uk/about-nps/funding/meet-the-funders/.

The new Equalities and Rights Network (EaRN) is recruiting volunteers as Equalities Ambassadors to provide a vital link between local decision makers and the people most affected by inequalities and discrimination. Training and support will be given.  They’re looking for people who are: Aware of equalities and rights issues; Open minded and non-judgemental; Willing to listen and learn; Comfortable communicating on behalf of others; Prepared to accurately report back on communications. The role will vary, depending on the strengths and experience each person brings to it.  EaRN are looking for lots of different people with different areas of interest. Do you know anyone who might fit the bill?  Perhaps you are/or know a service user, client or customer that you think would make a great Equalities Ambassador – if so, please encourage them to get in touch with EaRN for a chat and/or an application pack: Email: equalityandrights@volunteeredinburgh.org.uk or 0131 561 8313.

Castlebrae Community High School is rightly extremely proud of the fantastic achievements of its pupils, which includes a significant rise in attainment levels of their young people.  Lots more here:  Castlebrae Winter Newsletter

We all miss the Craigmillar Chronicle and there is a big gap we need help fill.  Print and distribution is extremely expensive, but we have the capacity – surely – to exploit social media and get all our positive messages out.  The Chronicle Online digital media team invite you all to attend the session on the 18 November and to help share your stories about all the positive things going on in the local area that everybody needs to know about. Please circulate this as widely as you can. Get involved with Chronicle Online | Chronicle Online

Community Growing has become a big thing in Craigmillar, Niddrie and Magdalene with up to ten groups up and running – and needing volunteers.  They got together to network and find out about each other yesterday at Sandy’s community centre Craigmillar Castle Road.  The group were going to do some more work on the woodland there, but cold Hurricane Abigail had other plans, so we mainly huddled in the corner of the hall out of the wind and networked.  There is something to do in gardening or out of doors activities locally every day of the week and they more people are welcome to get involved. If you are interested in getting involved, do let me know. I came away with a big list of contacts!

The program for the 2015 Craigmillar Book Festival is out. Please do help spread the word on Robert Louis Stevenson’s Birthday: tinyurl.com/CBookFest2015

A recruitment fair for care assistants/workers will take place in the East Neighbourhood Centre on Friday 27 November. The City of Edinburgh Council are looking for people to join their Home Care and Re-ablement Service in Edinburgh and are holding a recruitment fair from 10am to 1pm on the 27th November.

The service would be provided to the city’s older population and to vulnerable adults and aims to enable people to stay in their own homes for as long as possible and reduce the need for people to visit hospital. For further information or an application form, please contact the Recruitment Team at: hsc.recruitmentcoordination@edinburgh.gov.uk or telephone 0131 469 3976

This weekend, there’s a special pre-Christmas sale and show of original photographic art work with a Portobello theme by Portobello-based blind photographer, Rosita McKenzie this Sunday.  There are snacks and a free glass of wine plus a raffle and you can  purchase your own photographic portrait created by Rosita on the day.  That’s this Sunday,15 November 1pm at  Portobello Bowling Club, Lee Crescent, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 1LW

Are you concerned about the plight of refugees and want to do something to help? You can make and/or go along to buy an artwork at a special event. The theme is ‘Home’ – what does ‘home’ mean to you? All artworks are postcard sized (6″ x 4″) and can be in any medium (photos, drawings, textile art, poetry etc.). The artworks will be sold for donations at Northfield Community Centre on Saturday 28 November from 7 to 9 pm. If you’re really quick, you could make one yourself and hand it in this weekend.  It’s important to come along to this special event and buy one of the artworks (minimum donation £2). It will be possible to buy pieces made by celebrities as well as local people. Refreshments will be available. Proceeds will go to Re-Act (Refugee Action Scotland).

A set of variable speed signs which flash at speeding motorists, had been agreed for the Seaview/ Terrace/ Musselburgh Road/Eastfield , as requested a while ago by local Eastfield residents.  The spending has been agreed as a local project for the Portobello/Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership who have come forward and have the main say on a relatively small section of the roads and footways capital budget every year.

Nobody denies that Brighton Place carriageway is very much in need of repair.  But the vexed question of whether to finish or rebuild Brighton Place with the historic setts or a new tarmac surface rumbles on. A survey carried out door-to-door by Brighton and Rosefield Residents Association concluded that 80% of those living in that part of the Portobello Conservation Area would want the setts replaced and the Council’s non-statutory planning policy ‘Designing Streets’ and the Portobello Conservation Area Character appraisal would support their view.  However, a wider community consultation by Portobello Community Council found a small majority in favour of a tarmac surface finish.  The whole question is now to be discussed and debated, as part of the overall consideration of priorities in the roads and footways capital investment programme by Councillors on the Transport and Environment Committee in January.

Want to know what the Open Day visitors thought of Brunstane Primary School? Prospective parents were asked on the day for three words that described their impressions of Brunstane. This is the result, click on: Friendly Brunstane School

Fun Fiddle Big Coastal Ceilidh is on Sunday 29 November from 3 – 5.30pm The Wash House, 3 Adelphi Grove.  You are invited to “Come and dance to Porty’s Biggest ever Ceilidh band!” Tickets from The ‘Really Wild Flower Shop’, 90 Portobello High St. £8 /£5 concession, kids under 5 are free!  More here: www.funfiddle.co.uk

Portobello Community Council have been working with Edinburgh Council’s Community Learning and Development team to gather views on services for young people in the area.  The event is called Portobello for Young People.  Please come to hear the results of that research and discuss how services and facilities for 10 to 17-year-olds can be shaped or improved in future.  Monday 30 November 7.30pm to 9.15pm  at Portobello High School Entrance is FREE, but please register so we know how many to expect. All welcome!  Please Register  Young people have a loads of good ideas and thoughts to contribute to their community and we should all learn to listen.  For example they have ideas on combating poverty and the stigma around it, see the Youth Parliament report here: http://www.syp.org.uk/img/its_not_a_choice/Its_not_a_choice_Final_Report.pdf

To celebrate Explore Your Archives Week the Thistle Foundation  are hosting an event at The White House on Niddrie Mains Road on the 18 November, 11am – 3pm. Drop in and have a look at some treasures from Thistle and the local area.  More about what the Thistle do here: http://www.thistle.org.uk/

Loneliness is not simply about being alone, it affects our mental and physical wellbeing. Half of older people say the television is their main company. Portobello/Craigmillar, Census 2011 counts 3,359 people over 65 and 486 aged 85 pus. Loneliness is a major challenge, and something we have the power to combat by bringing people together in the community. The relatively new LOOPs (Local Opportunities for Older People) runs a phone line, part of a city-wide initiative to help older people get out and about. If you are aged over 65, know someone who is, call LOOPs free to speak to one of their friendly volunteers about activities and services in your local area. They provide a professional service, bringing together contacts and information tailored to the person’s unique interests and requirements. One example: LOOPs had a call from a 77 year old lady who has a diagnosis of dementia and lives with her son.  Although her daughter visits every day, she’s alone while everyone is at work and can’t go out on her own. LOOPs contacted a number of services who could provide her with care and enjoyable companionship in the safe environment she needed. LOOPs are also involved in hosting events across the city that bring people together, such as the recent Sew & Snack craft afternoon they held at the National Gallery of Scotland. LOOPs website has further information and includes a blog. The best way to contact LOOPs is by phoning 0131 603 8311. Their phone line is open on weekdays. Email enquiries can be sent to loops@volunteeredinburgh.org.uk.

The traffic regulation order (TRO) for School Streets Phase 2, including Towerbank Primary School has been advertised by the Council.  The plan is that the (largely) traffic free zone will operate around Towerbank Primary School 08:20 to 09:10 and 15:00 to 15:40 Mondays to Thursdays inclusive and 08:20 to 09:10 and 12:10 to 12:35 Fridays.  More here:  https://www.facebook.com/PortobelloCommunityCouncil/posts/784534921672081:0

Whatever you do, have a good weekend!

Best wishes

Maureen

Councillor Maureen Child | Labour Elected Member | Portobello/Craigmillar (Ward 17) | City of Edinburgh Council | City Chambers | High Street | Edinburgh | EH1 1YJ | Tel 0131 529 3268 | Mobile 07718 666 481| Twitter @MaureenChild1

p.s. My face-to-face Councillor Advice Sessions, or ‘Surgeries’, are usually every Monday at 5.30 pm in Castleview Community Centre, 76 Craigmillar Castle Avenue (Phone 661 4064) and then at 7 pm in Portobello Library, 14 Rosefield Avenue (Phone 529 5558).  Now also at Craigmillar Library, 101 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4DT, 1st Wednesday of the month, drop-in session 5pm-5.30pm, thereafter by appointment only up until 7.30pm. Please phone me on Direct Line 0131 529 3268 or Mobile 07718 666 481, or email maureen.child@edinburgh.gov.uk to check availability, make an appointment or request a home visit.

Maureen Child Update 6 November 2015

Dear All

Portobello’s bats will have new roosting sites with the MyParkScotland crowdfund for bat boxes.  Appropriately, the bat box appeal reached its funding target over the Halloween weekend!  Deborah Holloway of the Friends of Figgate Park said: “It is fantastic that we have been able to reach our target to fund eight bat boxes. This will really help to encourage and support the bat population. We would like to thank everyone who donated to support the project.”  Want to find out more and help them in their park around the park?  The AGM is coming up soon Monday 9 November, 7-9pm Duddingston Primary School:   Friends of Figgate Park AGM

If you are interested in working with Greenspace Scotland who can help with this kind of project, and others, contact them by email info@greenspacescotland.org.uk or telephone 01786 849757 to find out about the services, support and training that they can provide to help you make a difference to your greenspace, street, neighbourhood, town or city.

St Mark’s Episcopal Church is an architectural landmark on Portobello High Street, so in a sense ‘belongs’ to everyone who lives and visits. Tomorrow Saturday, 7 November, there is a good chance to see inside this historic church and enjoy coffee and bacon rolls, a tombola, book stall and home-baking stall. Open 11am to 1pm. In aid of church funds and 10% of proceeds will be given to the congregation’s chosen charities. More here: www.stmarksportobello.org

And just opposite St Mark’s, the lovely Velvet Easel gallery starts its new exhibition tomorrow: Velvet Easel | Rosalind Walker

Pamoja Fashion is a venture of the Pamoja Trust which supports partnerships between schools and communities in Scotland and Tanzania.  More here: http://twendepamoja.org.uk/ They have a sale on Saturday morning 7 November from 10am to 12noon in St John’s Hall (Brighton Place).  This is a sale of quality clothes and accessories with Tanzanian tea & coffee available.  You could call in on your way to or from Portobello Market, also on this Saturday in Brighton Park, Portobello, 9.30 – 1.30. Full list of traders here: Portobello Market

It’s soon time (well, maybe!) to get into the Christmas spirit and join the Friends of the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home at their annual Christmas fair! More here:  Upcoming Event

Fabulous news that Bridgend Inspiring Growth (BIG), who are restoring Bridgend Farmhouse, have succeeded in their bid for a £1 Million Lottery Grant I first read about it in the Craigmillar Chronicle Online: Bridgend Lottery Success.  The Autumn drop-in programme at Bridgend Farmhouse for the Bridgend Inspiring Growth (BIG) project.  More here: www.bridgendfarmhouse.org.uk There is lots of work still happening on site and different workshops and projects coming up. All are welcome, as always, every Sunday from 11am to 3pm, with free lunch included.  Just drop-in anytime. On Sunday 6 December BIG will be hosting a Christmas Fair at the farmhouse from 11 till 3.  If anyone (individuals or community groups/organisations) would like to have a stall please get in contact, either via this email, or to bridgendbuild@gmail.com

Lots more detail and news like this on here: http://chronicleonline.net/  and features like this: Arts the Catalyst – the Craigmillar Story

As Chair of the Cre8te Board of Directors I was hugely delighted that Craigmillar-based local enterprise agency Cre8te Opportunities won a 2015 Social Enterprise Scotland Award for our work as a “genuine example of community led economic and social impact”. We won the Prove It: Social Impact category. The accolade came in the same week we won Partnership Organisation of the Year from the Port of Leith Housing Association. The judges said the agency, based at Castlebrae Business Centre, had shown “clear evidence of impact in Craigmillar but also on wider community”.

Lovely feature on Sylvia Gorman and Craigmillar Book Festival which ties in with Book Week Scotland 2015 and takes place from Monday 23 – Sunday 29 November. See here:  Craigmillar Book Festival

Did you ‘Walk the Walk’ at this year’s first Portobello Art Walk? They would love to hear your feedback: Art Walk Survey

Jessie Douglas is in the running for Community Champion of the Year in RBS – Finding Scotland’s Real Heroes 2015. Jessie tragically lost her son in a motorbike accident 18 years ago and he left behind a two-year-old son. Jessie realised there was very little (if any) support for young people dealing with grief and the loss of a loved one. Along with the assistance of the local church, Jessie started up Scotland’s first dedicated child bereavement charity – Richmond’s Hope. It still runs today; offering counselling and away days to help young people cope with their bereavement.  Find out more about all the champions nominated and take your pick.  I know who I am choosing!  Jessie Douglas

The Edinburgh Evening News is running a competition for Edinburgh’s Pub of the Year 2015: Top ten have been revealed and includes the Dalriada, 77 The Promenade, Portobello – and your vote counts: Portobello Pub of the Year?

Nice Halloween pictures of Portobello Park Run: Portobello Park Run

The Council wants your views on the new proposals and on developing future training for the city’s taxi and private hire car drivers.  Survey here: .Citizen Space – Taxi and Private Hire Car Driver Qualification

An appeal to all voluntary organisations and community groups please help get a picture of the ‘Third Sector’ in Edinburgh: Edinburgh Compact Voice 2015

A forthcoming review of the Scottish Planning System has been announced by Scottish Government: Planning Review

The City of Edinburgh Council has a new dedicated customer service Twitter account @edinhelp . The Council has been helping residents on social media since 2009 with everything from missed bin collections to road safety. The main Council Twitter account has grown to almost  50,000 followers and now receives on average over 2,300 messages per month. This increase in residents contacting the council through social media channels has prompted the council to think about the best way to help people to get the most from its social media accounts. The new 24/7 service will handle customer questions, requests and complaints. All enquiries will be responded to as quickly as possible and if it can’t be answered in a tweet, a helpful solution or link will be provided.

A report to the Council’s Health, Social Care and Housing Committee, next week, outlines proposals to increase the Council’s own house-building programme from 3,000 to 8,000 over the next decade. The report seeks approval to bring an additional site at Greendykes into the programme. Sixty homes for affordable rent have been delivered at Greendykes already through 21st Century Homes.  A future phase of development at Greendykes would deliver around 70 affordable homes.

This year there’s a new dialogue tool to help you join the Edinburgh Budget conversation to share ideas and rate and comment on others Edinburgh Budget Dialogue

Whatever you’re doing this weekend, have a good one!

Best wishes

Maureen

Councillor Maureen Child | Labour Elected Member | Portobello/Craigmillar (Ward 17) | City of Edinburgh Council | City Chambers | High Street | Edinburgh | EH1 1YJ | Tel 0131 529 3268 | Mobile 07718 666 481| Twitter @MaureenChild1

p.s. My face-to-face Councillor Advice Sessions, or ‘Surgeries’, are usually every Monday at 5.30 pm in Castleview Community Centre, 76 Craigmillar Castle Avenue (Phone 661 4064) and then at 7 pm in Portobello Library, 14 Rosefield Avenue (Phone 529 5558).  Now also at Craigmillar Library, 101 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4DT, 1st Wednesday of the month, drop-in session 5pm-5.30pm, thereafter by appointment only up until 7.30pm. Please phone me on Direct Line 0131 529 3268 or Mobile 07718 666 481, or email maureen.child@edinburgh.gov.uk to check availability, make an appointment or request a home visit.

Have your say on Council spending and services by 10 December 2015

Maureen Child Update 30 October 2015

Dear All

It’s Halloween this Saturday and there may be lots more spooky activity for children this year because (Hooray!) it’s not a school night and weather promises to be kind to us.  Good advice from the police to kids for parents and carers to share – to have fun, but stay safe. Stick to well-lit areas; take care crossing roads; stick with friends; stay in areas you know well.  See here: pic.twitter.com/gUx8EllQ2p  On the same spooky theme, Earthy in Windsor Place Portobello is having a pumpkin carving competition for your wee ones this weekend: pic.twitter.com/ZGq37CfumH  And I hear Portobello Parkrun in Figgate Park has a Halloween theme on Saturday morning.

The Council’s Draft Parking Action Plan consultation ends 31 October, this weekend.  Often the only people who respond are people objecting!  So even if you agree, or want to ask for more, do say so here: https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/parking-action-plan

I hope you’ve heard about the Edinburgh Solar Co-op, but this is a chance to meet some of the Directors, ask questions and pick up a copy of the share offer document. Investing in a co-operative might be a new concept for a lot of people.  It’s an exciting opportunity for local people to benefit from local renewable energy.  In addition to a reasonable return on your investment this new social enterprise aims to help make Edinburgh a greener and more equal community. Drop in to find out how:

Event to be held at the following time, date and location:

Saturday, 31 October 2015 from 10:00 to 16:00 (GMT)

Tumbles at Portobello
20 Westbank Street
EH15 1DR Edinburgh
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To Absent Friends is a storytelling festival taking place next month.  More here:  http://chronicleonline.net/2015/10/27/to-absent-friends/

Craigmillar Community Grows is a brilliant project that is helping more local people get outdoors and build the confidence they might have lost for one reason or another. Find more about how the project can help you – or you can help them!

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Craigmillar Medical Group has kicked off its annual anti-flu vaccination campaign with a series of drop-in sessions, beginning Monday 26 October. The drop in clinic is open Monday 26 October 9am to 7pm running through to Tuesday 27 – Friday 30 October.  Or you can make an appointment another time, or at another clinic.  Mine’s with my own GP next week. Note to self – flu is worse than a wee jag!

Thank you to Emma Wood and everyone in Portobello and beyond who came and supported the her Portobello tea party and silent auction last weekend. Not only was it a really lovely atmosphere, Emma and her friends helped raise almost £1,000 to help support the ambitions of Godknows Maseko to create a sustainable future for his STEKA village in Malawi. Thanks again for everyone’s really generous contributions and we’ll look forward to more reports through Emma’s daughter Lilidh who is out there volunteering with the project. Godknows Maseko has emailed Emma to say that the money we raised will help him buy the land for the STEKA vocational skills centre and allow him to start building the workshops. Some fabulous photos on Emma’s Facebook page.

Some improvements in the quality of the Magdalene Glen Park were committed as part of the new Portobello High School project, in part compensation for the loss of Portobello Park. Other things may well need done in the local area, and we need to sort those things too, but this money is dedicated making the Park a better place to be.  The survey is open until Friday 13 November. Comments from the survey will be used to draft a proposed final plan of the play area which will then go back out to consultation. Copies of the flyers which show the proposal and allow for public comments have been left at the Magdalene shops, Magdalene Community Centre and Brunstane Primary along with a drop box to collect these completed forms as an alternative to sending them by mail. You can also find the survey and more details online here

Do you fancy getting involved in community growing? Check out Fresh Start: goo.gl/7IGaJZ  Last weekend, it was a real pleasure to visit the fantastic community growing project in Magdalene Drive, just behind the garages  which has been going since April and is already hugely successful in getting people involved in growing together.  The Community Alliance Trust successfully applied for a Climate Challenge Fund grant to get them started with a community hut and raised beds. I even won a raffle prize!  I don’t know what it is yet, but I’m to pick it up from the White House today.  I hope it’s more of their lovely jam!

Craigmillar Books for Babies know lots about sharing songs and rhymes with babies and young children and are running a workshop at Moffat Early Years Campus Thursday 26 November 1pm-3pm. You can join them for a participative workshop on how to set up and establish a Rhymetime in any setting. Pick up tips on how to get parents involved, what to consider when planning a Rhymetime and what rhymes and songs are good for particular ages. Booking is required. For more information, click here: Book Free Tickets

Castleview Primary School has had an excellent follow through report from the school inspectors.  They don’t hand out ‘excellent’ at the drop of a hat!  This is one of the Council’s fabulous schools serving the Craigmillar area. http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/downloads/file/6409/castleview_primary_2015

 Tribe Porty are opening their doors for a Tribe Fest on 21 November. Workshops, tasters, and loads more. See here: pic.twitter.com/fnHzGKePrJ

Is pavement parking a problem for you? Living Streets is a campaigning organisation looking for real life stories and experiences to use to make their case on behalf of pedestrians and people with mobility difficulties. Contact them on campaigns@livingstreets.org.uk

A date for your diary: Meet the Funders Event on Thursday 3 December in Portobello Town Hall.  More here: : Portobello Community Council

I was at Portobello Community Council this week and heard about the fantastic volunteer-led project which provides beach wheelchairs at North Berwick so people with mobility difficulties can enjoy the beach with their families like everyone else. This would be fantastic at Portobello Beach and they are willing to lend their expertise to help anyone who wants to take this forward/  The project was started under the umbrella of their community centre, but the group are now setting up as a separate charity.  Find out much more here: http://www.beachwheelchairs.org/

The next Portobello Market is next Saturday, 7 November in Brighton Park, just off Brighton Place, from 9.30 to 1.30. At this market many of our traders will be taking orders for your Christmas needs, so you can pick up at the December market. For full details of all traders and what they offer please visit the website: http://goo.gl/By1MJs Please like out Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/portymarket  Map: https://goo.gl/bDOQjD

A home energy advisor from Home Energy Scotland will be based in the Craigmillar Medical Centre at the waiting room area until Friday 20 November. Home Energy Scotland is managed provides free and independent advice including managing fuel debt, information on grants and funding to improve insulation or install a new heating system and advice on how to get the most out of your current heating. Home Energy Scotland can also be contacted on Freephone 0808 808 2282 or you can check out their website for more information and handy energy and money saving tips here.

Lots of people I know have got involved in singing with choirs and it’s doing them a lot of good and research is showing just how.  Local choirs have ballooned in popularity and for good reason: singing is good for your health and social skills.  More here:  bit.ly/209t86Z

Just in case you didn’t know some of the hidden talent and expertise and opportunities to learn circus skills in Portobello see here: http://www.circusalba.co.uk/

Some of you might have noticed the new and bigger litter bins going up along the Promenade at regular intervals which most seem to have welcomed as an improvement.  However – there is one on the Promenade Terrace end, which locals think is not well placed and I am asking for a re-think on that one.

Have a good weekend!

Best wishes

Maureen

 

Councillor Maureen Child | Labour Elected Member | Portobello/Craigmillar (Ward 17) | City of Edinburgh Council | City Chambers | High Street | Edinburgh | EH1 1YJ | Tel 0131 529 3268 | Mobile 07718 666 481| Twitter @MaureenChild1

p.s. My face-to-face Councillor Advice Sessions, or ‘Surgeries’, are usually every Monday at 5.30 pm in Castleview Community Centre, 76 Craigmillar Castle Avenue (Phone 661 4064) and then at 7 pm in Portobello Library, 14 Rosefield Avenue (Phone 529 5558).  Now also at Craigmillar Library, 101 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4DT, 1st Wednesday of the month, drop-in session 5pm-5.30pm, thereafter by appointment only up until 7.30pm. Please phone me on Direct Line 0131 529 3268 or Mobile 07718 666 481, or email maureen.child@edinburgh.gov.uk to check availability, make an appointment or request a home visit.

Have your say on Council spending and services

by 10 December 2015

Maureen Child 23 October 2015

Dear All

Portobello’s Sixth Apple Day is tomorrowSaturday 24 October, 2-4.30 pm at the community orchard, Brunstane Road South, just opposite the entrance to Brunstane.  Apple Day is run by PEDAL – Portobello Transition Town. They will be pressing apples to make juice so please bring along some apples if you can and an empty bottle so you can take some home with you. You’ll be tasting some apples you may never have heard of and picking the crab apples that are just ripening.  There will also be tea, coffee and home baking and sales of local apple juice, jam and chutney.  There will be a fire to keep us all warm and for your entertainment there will be games and music.  PEDAL hope you will come along and join in for an afternoon of fun at this celebration of nature’s abundance.

With a bit of help from the Council for starters, the hyper-local Craigmillar Chronicle is getting going again, on line and in social media for now.  We want to make it sustainable, so any help anyone can give, please do join in and help. More here:  http://chronicleonline.net/training-and-support/  There is a session tomorrow

24 October from 10:00 to 14:00 at The White House Niddrie Mains Road with the development team – Phyllis, Peter and Jennifer. 30 October from 10:00 to 18:00 at The White House Niddrie Mains Road a Chronicle Day – a drop in day to see what the site looks like and work out a programme to take it forward. There will be cake to celebrate our achievements! Everyone is welcome to come to all or any of the events. Do just drop in for half an hour if that is all the time you have. The team will be very glad to see you!

The Helping Hands project is based in Craigmillar and is run by Fresh Start in conjunction with Castle Rock Edinvar. They deliver a range of social and practical services to adults who have a history of homelessness, and those who are socially isolated. Their services include a cooking class, a community growing space and a decorating service. They are currently looking to recruit volunteers to help provide of a decorating service and a community growing space.  Contact: Emily Arthur, Project Worker, Fresh Start, The Hays Business Centre, 4 Hay Avenue, EH16 4AQ Mobile: 07464 541 796. More here: www.freshstartweb.org.uk

Take part in the Edinburgh Budget Challenge! Share your views on Council spending and  services using the online tools: More here: bit.ly/18ejo0Z

Thinking about enrolling your child in P1 at the fabulous Brunstane Primary School for August 2016? Do go along to their Open Day on Wednesday 4 November. More here: pic.twitter.com/fauDrr5cFb

There is an adventure play park being proposed for Magdalene Glen. Please use the link here to give feedback: http://www.elgt.org.uk/projects/play/magdalene-glen-playpark

Lots of updates to Castlebrae Community High School website. Visit castlebrae.org.uk for all the latest news.

Portobello for Young People! Portobello Community Council (PCC) have been working with Edinburgh Council’s Community Learning and Development team to gather views on services for young people in the area. There’s an opportunity to hear the results of that research and discuss how services and facilities for 10 to 17-year-olds can be shaped or improved in future.  Monday 30 November 19:30-21:15 at Portobello High School.  Entrance is FREE, but please do register so PCC know how many to expect. All welcome! Please Register

Links Community and Redeeming Our Communities (Scotland) have put out an invitation to participate in a ‘ROC Conversation’, a community discussion and networking event in Craigmillar. ROC Conversations bring together service providers, service users and local people to share good practice as well as identifying gaps, and to consider how to work and share more effectively. Links has been working in Craigmillar over the past year, and want to better connect with other voluntary and statutory agencies in the community. The event is on Thursday 29 October, at Craigmillar Library 2pm – 4pm with refreshments available from 1.45pm. You can register your attendance by registering at https://roccraigmillar.eventbrite.co.uk.

Do you live with diabetes and sometimes feel that you’d like to talk to other people who understand what it’s like?  The Craigmillar Diabetes Peer Support Group meets once a month in the Library to talk about diabetes, hear guest speakers and get information and practical hints and tips on living with the condition.  Please do go along and share your experiences. The next meeting will be on Saturday, 7th November at 10:15 in the Front East room, Craigmillar Library.

New funding for community greenspaces – applications open now.  Communities will soon be able to apply for up to £12,000 for local greenspace projects through a new grant scheme being funded by the ‘plastic bag tax’. There are likely to be two funding rounds a year for the next three years. The first funding round opened on 19 October 2015 and will close on 30 November 2015. The scheme is open to community groups, charities and some public sector organisations and will fund capital improvement projects such as parks, play areas, community gardens and other greenspaces. The scheme is managed by environmental charity Groundwork, working in Scotland with Greenspace Scotland.

More here: http://greenspacescotland.org.uk/get-ready-for-new-community-grant-programme.aspx

Believe it or not, there’s a Poetry Map of Scotland, and poem no 219 is about Portobello.  See here:  wp.me/p10ePh-19d

A special service at the start of October at the Robin Chapel, in Craigmillar, when the Sovereign’s Standard of the Blues and Royals was laid up in the Chapel. The Robin Chapel was built in memory of Robin Tudsbery, who was a 25-year old Lieutenant in the Royal Horse Guards (The Blues) when he was killed in action in the last days of the Second World War. Photographs of the event via this link – http://www.robinchapel.org.uk/index.php/gallery

The fundamental purpose of Twende Pamoja is to develop a global vision through forming relationships between communities and young people of different ages.

Makutano is a growing network of relationships bringing together people who seek to develop and bring about a vision of life as it could be. There are over 50 Scottish and Tanzanian young adults presently involved. The group includes young people of different Christian denominations, young Muslims and people with no religious beliefs or connections. A group of young African Americans from New Orleans and some young people in West Bengal are about to connect.

There will be a meeting for any young adults in the 16 to late 20’s age group in St John’s Church Hall, Brighton Place, Portobello this Sunday (25 October) at 7.00pm.  This is for anyone who may be interested in finding out more about what is developing and different ways of being involved – from taking part in occasional discussions to being involved with ICT developments, enterprise activities and arts projects. In 2016 there will also opportunities to travel abroad, help with workshops in primary schools and climb Kilimanjaro. If you would like to know more you would be most welcome to come along on Sunday evening whether you have previously been involved in any way or not, as would any of your friends. More here:  www.twendepamojatrust.blogspot.com; Facebook  Makutano ScoTz; www.twendepamoja.org.uk

New exhibition of art at The Skylark 241/243 Portobello High Street, EH15 2AW. More here: m.facebook.com/events/1495203647441982

In case you missed it, here’s the Famous Two, a crime fighting brother and sister who foiled a break-in in Portobello:  bit.ly/1RAMWuu pic.twitter.com/hIsCbQ7Yum

Nice photo of Terry and Kirstin who run The Little Green Van on the Promenade at the foot of Bellfield Street:  pic.twitter.com/oDAWutOuXULovely chalkboard for the new Portobello Hardware store by Steve Lavender: pic.twitter.com/lz9LA9xvoa

The latest Clean Up Scotland newsletter is available here: http://keepscotlandbeautiful.org/media/845378/cus-newsletter-september-2015.pdf. If you have any stories or pictures which you would like to feature in their next newsletter please do not hesitate to send them in to: info@cleanupscotland.com.

I hope you have a good weekend!

Best wishes

Maureen

 

Councillor Maureen Child | Labour Elected Member | Portobello/Craigmillar (Ward 17) | City of Edinburgh Council | City Chambers | High Street | Edinburgh | EH1 1YJ | Tel 0131 529 3268 | Mobile 07718 666 481| Twitter @MaureenChild1

p.s. My face-to-face Councillor Advice Sessions, or ‘Surgeries’, are usually every Monday at 5.30 pm in Castleview Community Centre, 76 Craigmillar Castle Avenue (Phone 661 4064) and then at 7 pm in Portobello Library, 14 Rosefield Avenue (Phone 529 5558).  Now also at Craigmillar Library, 101 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4DT, 1st Wednesday of the month, drop-in session 5pm-5.30pm, thereafter by appointment only up until 7.30pm. Please phone me on Direct Line 0131 529 3268 or Mobile 07718 666 481, or email maureen.child@edinburgh.gov.uk to check availability, make an appointment or request a home visit.