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Maureen Child Update 4 October 2017

Dear All

 

Our community buy-out Bellfield’s Crowdfunder closed last week, and Portobello did manage to raise more than the £20,000 target.  There was a really amazing show of support from the community, so a big THANK YOU everyone who donated!  If you missed out on donating, and would still like to, you can do that on the website www.bellfield.scot/donate/. More about Bellfield and how to get involved in developing this great community resource here: https://www.bellfield.scot/

 

The first practical task is the Autumn Clean Up at Bellfield which is on Saturday 7 October 10am- 2pm.  This activity is suitable for fit adults and for children over 10 years who are keen to work. It won’t be suitable for toddlers or people who have ricked their backs or sprained their wrists.  Come fully kitted out and equipped for gardening, if you possibly can!  RSVP to r.everoberts@hotmail.com or bs_campbell@hotmail.com  – Bellfield need to estimate numbers for this event, so please do let them know if you intend to come!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/action-porty-launch-event-tickets-28947299151

 

If you haven’t had enough cleaning up at Bellfield in the morning, the first Portobello Timebank clean-up of the Autumn season is on the afternoon of Saturday 7 October, at Magdalene Glen form 1.30pm to 4pm, meeting at the footbridge near Asda.

 

There is a lot on in Porty this weekend! Portobello Book Festival 2017 too. Some events are already fully booked but there are still tickets left for many of them. And there will be a very limited amount for each event available immediately beforehand. To make sure of your place, head to Portobello Library before the weekend to pick up your FREE tickets.

https://portobellobookfestival.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/four-days-to-go/

 

Portobello Book Festival gets a mention on Radio Scotland as Doug Johnstone talks with Ricky Ross about his writer’s residency at a funeral directors. He’ll be talking about this at the Writers in Residence event next Saturday. Fake News and the 100th Anniversary of the Scottish Women’s Institute also feature earlier in the programme – both topics being covered next weekend during the festival. If you are picking this up on time, do listen again on iPlayer from about 1 hour 47minutes. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b096sjj3

 

It’s lovely to read about all the great fun playtimes the children are enjoying at Towerbank and all the good school work going on there, much of it reported by the children themselves.  See this week’s here: https://towerbankprimary.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/newsletter-29-sept-17.pdf

 

During the October holidays the Craigmillar Sport Hub are running free cycling tasters at Jack Kane Sport Centre in partnership with Edinburgh RC.

 

These exciting sessions are all about having fun on the bike and learning skills to make you a better rider. Sessions are 2 hours in duration with lots of challenges, drills and racing.  Sessions run on Thursday19 and Friday 20 October. Sessions both days run 10.00 to 12.00 for children aged between 6 and 10 and 14.00 to 16.00 for over tens. Friday’s sessions are open to girls only.  Bikes can be provide for those aged 8+ for those who don’t have their own. Helmets must be worn but can also be provided. To book your child, or children, into a session please complete the following booking form:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=9Uc7wt7Sjk2etuUejVPpr6DfMBHgYFRJnXHr1VW7x-RUM0dLRVQ0NU9ZVVc2TlUyMjFEUDRBNVBGRi4u

For more information, email communitysporthubs@edinburghleisure.co.uk

 

The fabulous Thistle Centre for Wellbeing at Queen’s Walk Craigmillar hosts a creative writing group every Wednesday morning at 11am until 12:30pm called The Scribblers.  It’s a small, welcoming group and you don’t have to share what you’ve written unless you want to. Each week they do different, ‘warm up’ exercises to get into writing and then focus on our own projects and interests. Some people write short stories and poems, others write non-fiction – it’s entirely up to you! You don’t have to join in every session, just when it’s convenient for you. The Scribblers love to welcome new members, so please do go along! For more information call 0131 661 3366.

 

The smell and feel of Autumn is in the air, the trees are turning, and to add even more colour to your life the next Portobello Market is on Saturday 7th October. The market is held in Brighton Park, Brighton Place, Portobello, from 9.30am to 1.30am. Check out the PEDAL website to see the full list of the traders attending: https://goo.gl/qdZtT9.

 

You would be welcome to come along to Magdalene’s Mexican Sunday on the 8 October between 1pm and 4pm, at Magdalene Community Garden, where there well be lots delicious free food, music and activities for the kids. This event is open to the whole community.

 

Wellsprings Community  are hosting ‘Spirit Rhythms’ again at Caffe Nero, Fort Kinnaird this Sunday 8 October 5-7pm; a spiritual fair with live music. Free event

 

Citizens Advice Edinburgh advisers deliver welfare rights advice to registered patients at several GP Surgeries across Edinburgh including Craigmillar, supported by NHS Lothian and Edinburgh Central Health Partnership. More information on the Edinburgh CAB website website: https://www.citizensadviceedinburgh.org.uk/gp-surgeries/

 

That’s all for now.

 

Best wishes

 

Maureen

 

 

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

Maureen Child Update 28 September 2017

Dear All

 

It was a perfect day last Saturday on Portobello Promenade for the Richmond’s Hope Mile of Memories event.  The local charity do wonderful work with children who have suffered the loss of a close relative or friend.  They are based where they were founded, by local people, in Richmond Church in the heart of Craigmillar and were featured the night before in STV.  Listen here and marvel at the work they do! : https://www.facebook.com/RichmondsHopeEdinburgh/posts/527825034233240?comment_id=527826844233059&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R3%22%7D

 

Portobello’s very own Bellfield Crowdfunder is closing tomorrow and we have already raised over £10,000.  We really appreciate all the support so far, but could use more help. While we do get to keep all the money donated, even if we don’t hit our target, every pound we raise will help us with our work.  You can donate to the Crowdfunder here: www.bellfield.scot/crowdfunder. Any amount is helpful, no matter how large or small, and if you can’t donate anything, or already have donated, please do share it  widely with friends, family, and on social media. To achieve our funding goal we need to reach as many people as possible who want to support this community hub.

 

The smell and feel of Autumn is in the air, the trees are turning, and to add even more colour to your life the next Portobello Market is on Saturday 7 October a week on Saturday. The market is held in Brighton Park, Brighton Place, Portobello, from 9.30am to 1.30am. Check out the PEDAL website link below to see the full list of the traders attending. Please Like & Share our Facebook page, PortyMarket. Next market is on Saturday 4th November.  More here: http://www.pedal-porty.org.uk/food/portobello-market/

 

‘Recitals for Wrigglers’ is coming to TribePorty, Windsor Place on 23 October with a Halloween themed concert. If you have wee bairns go nalong and enjoy a short informal concert (violin and cello) with interactive music making.  It will be fun for the whole family! You can reserve tickets by emailing: recitalsforwrigglers@gmail.com

 

Towerbank Primary put up their regular weekly newsletter on social media too and it’s lovely to see and hear about all their great learning experiences and achievements for. The children themselves.  Here’s one:

https://towerbankprimary.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/newsletter-22-sept-17.pdf

 

Every Friday and Saturday at 2pm. Craigmillar Library welcome all children for an hour of craft.  It’s suitable for 5-10 years, but please remember under 8′s must be accompanied by a parent/carer over 12.

 

Our local credit union Castle Community Bank (CCB) has sponsored Newcraighall’s community football club. The nearest branch of CCB is in Craigmillar, just opposite Craigmillar Library.  But you can also find out all about CCB on line: https://www.communitybanknetwork.co.uk/scotland

 

Craigmillar Community Cinema has a programme set up for the next three months at Craigmillar Library with monthly free film screenings for children on Saturday and for ages 15 and over on Wednesdays.  For more information and to sign up, contact dani.Waddell@thistle.org.uk or phone Dani on 07909 257 415.  Facebook @connectingcraigmillar

 

John Muir Family Forest Activities start in Craigmillar Castle Park on Mondays, starting 23 October form 3.30pm to 5.30pm.  If you would like to know more, please contact Ben McCallum 07824 838 364.

 

Have you picked up your tickets for Portobello Book Festival (6-8 October) yet?  Not long to go, and all events are free, but you do need to get your tickets from Portobello Library.  More at www.portobellobookfestival.wordpress.com

 

On the King’s Place parked caravans issue, regular police and Council environmental warden patrols has resulted in a notice being issued that this is an ‘unauthorised encampment’ and the notice will be enforced.  These warning notices have reduced the number of caravans parked there.

 

Portobello community police officers are out and about regularly and they also report monthly to Portobello Community Council. PC Matt McPherson is the primary contact for Portobello.  This month, our community cops are focussing again on deterring and catching bike thieves, in which they have had some success. The number to call about any issue is 101 and Matt can be emailed on matthew.mcpherson@scotland.pnn.police.uk. The community police will also hold a consultation session in Portobello Library on Friday 29 September and are keen to visit and talk to residents groups on request.

 

The community police, covering the Craigmillar part of the Ward, also regularly report to the Craigmillar Community Council, which is held on the second Tuesday in the month, 7pm at The White House Kitchen (red room at the back).  They too can be contacted on 101 about any local concerns.

 

There was recent arrest for doorstep crime in the Northfield area and to prevent this kind of crime we do need to be vigilant, for ourselves and neighbours.  These people prey on the most vulnerable.  Let’s beat doorstep crime, looking after friends, family and those in need of help by being a nominated neighbour. More info here: http://www.scotland.police.uk/assets/pdf/174967/212074/221371/beatdoorstepcrimenominatedneighboura5leaflet

 

Last Friday, I attended a great ‘graduation’ event organised by the Recruitment and Skills team at Fort Kinnaird.  Fifteen lovely positive young people had finished an amazing Bright Light course in retail and were now starting out in their careers, having succeeded at interview.  They were all brim full of a level of confidence they had not felt at all at the start of the course. Fantastic local partnership working!

 

Lastly, Castlebrae Community High School have put together a fantastic prospectus for their fabulous school.  Read and learn how really great this Craigmillar school community is!

http://www.castlebrae.org.uk/cb/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Prospectus-2017-version.pdf

 

Have a great weekend when it comes!

 

 

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

Maureen Child Update 21 September 2017

Dear All

 

I dropped in, alongside with hundreds of others, to the annual Volunteer Edinburgh Recruitment Fair 2017 this week and what a buzz there was!  Our lives in Edinburgh are enriched and supported by a wealth of formal and informal voluntary activity which benefit the volunteers as much as those individuals and groups, places and spaces on the receiving end.  Glenn Liddle of the four year has learning charity ‘People Know How’ spoke to Councillors at their pause for reflection before Full Council Meeting this week.  More here: http://peopleknowhow.org/

 

Furthermore, at the Council first Culture and Communities Committee there was a similar message form volunteers who helped welcome visitors to the City, one of them a Portobello resident Moira Berry who led one of the teams of volunteers.  The benefits go well beyond the valuable activity itself and can be life-changing for volunteers.  Watch here at Item 7.1:  https://edinburgh.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/294013

 

Another great organisation making a difference to people’s lives is Local Opportunites for Older People (LOOPS) addressing  the needs of older people at a time in their lives they might get more and more isolated.  Their phone line is open Monday – Friday, 10am-4pm. Call 0131 603 8311 for information on activities for older people in Edinburgh. More about them here:. https://loopsphoneline.org.uk/

 

Come along to Craigmillar Library on Friday ((tomorrow) for a cinema yurt experience from 2pm until 9pm, thanks to the recently organised local Craigmillar cinema club.

 

Thanks to funding from Scottish Landfill Communities Fund and City of Edinburgh Council,  Edinburgh and Lothian Greenspace Trust (ELGT) have transformed the play park at Newcraighall. With help from the local community, ELGT established what new play equipment would make an immediate and visible improvement, which will in addition serve as a catalyst for subsequent activities. The original equipment was built in 1994 and fell below a good play value score due to its age and condition. The new play equipment includes new swings and play units which cater for a range of ages. New seating has been installed in the play area. There is a new surface with rubber pathways to aid access.

 

On Friday 6 October, there is a fundraising Concert in aid of Richmond’s Hope and Sands Lothian at Richmond Craigmillar Church 227-229 Niddrie Mains Road EH16 4PA. Tickets still available.  Doors open at 6.30pm and the concert starts at 7.30pm.  Ticket prices are £10 for adults and £2 for a child.  You can book ahead through Sands Lothian on 0131 622 6236 or Richmond’s Hope on 0131 661 6818.

 

A couple of weeks ago, I went to Sandy’s Community Centre open day and met two young men setting up their social enterprise there.  Edinburgh Fitness Solutions personal training gym is looking great and it’s wonderful to know it is getting busy, bringing a whole new energy into the Centre.  One of the guys trains Jason Easton, a locally raised and nurtured young boxer who is now so well as a professional boxer.  The guys will also be supporting Craigmillar Boxing Club in their fitness training.  This is a fantastic addition to the area.

 

Beach-lovers come Forth: Participants are wanted for The Shoreline community interviews!

http://www.portobellocc.org/pccpn/2017/09/19/community-visions-for-the-edinburgh-shoreline-by-2050/

 

An amazing 60 people took part in the Beach Clean up last Sunday and a time lapse of part of that effort has been put on Scoular media for all to see by Laurence Winram.  Very well done and a big THANK YOU to everybody on their efforts! Watch Laurence’s fab time lapse here:

https://vimeo.com/234420945?ref=fb-share&1

 

Any artists or photographers looking for exhibition space might want to have a chat with Bob Giulianotti at The White House Kitchen a fabulous community hub and cafe at 70 Niddrie Mains Road Edinburgh EH16 4BG. Telephone 0131 468 1934.

 

Here is a timely reminder about bogus workmen and the necessity for us all to work together in the community in partnership with the police –  to keep each other safe. http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/opinion/chief-inspector-kevin-mclean-beware-of-those-bogus-workmen-1-4564112

 

You might find something of interest in the latest Edinburgh by Numbers packed with facts about our city. It highlights that Edinburgh has the highest satisfaction rates with public transport among other Scottish cities at 89% as well as figures on Edinburgh’s growing population. Link is here: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20247/edinburgh_by_numbers

 

It’s Edinburgh Doors Open Day is this weekend and one for everyone’s local and city wide list is the award-winning Centre for Wellbeing, part of the Thistle Foundation at Craigmillar.  There will be tours and talks along with taster session and I expect Margaret will be there leading a taster Tai Chi session, which is a central part of the support services on offer. The centre has supported an amazing 18,000 people with long term health conditions in its first year.  That’s Centre for Wellbeing 13 Queen’s Walk EH16 4EA 23 September (on day only) 10am to 4pm. Another one should be the Ramp House in Bellfield Lane, of course!

 

Portobello Rotary Club are opening their doors too If you want to know about a local service club for community volunteers, or make new friends, or help with local projects or just find out a bit more about Rotary, come to the King’s Manor Hotel on Wednesday 11 October, 6.15pm for 6.30pm for a communal meal and chat.

 

Thistle are having another Music Night on Wednesday 27 September, 7pm-9pm.  This is a free community event for anyone over 16. The first one was a success and great fun had by all. Dani Waddell, Connecting Craigmillar Development Worker ( Link Up) Thistle Foundation Tel: 0131 661 3366

 

Please do join Friends of Figgate Park on Sunday 24 September 9.30am-11.30am for some clean up and conservation fun. As well as the usual clean up, there will be lots of conservation and gardening tasks.  The Friends are being joined by around 40 conservation volunteers from Edinburgh University. They will be helping us out with the Fruity Corner, Willow Structures and Wildlife Borders. There will be plenty of tasks to go round! Meet us at the notice board near the pond or head over to the Fruity Corner. We will start both clean up and conservation tasks at 9.30am.The conservation tasks will continue until early afternoon.

 

Lastly, for those of us who live on or near the setted streets which are so much a part of the historic fabric of our city – a consultation to take part in : https://planningedinburgh.com/2017/09/15/strategy-for-setted-streets/amp/

 

That’s all for this week!

 

Best wishes

 

Maureen

 

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

Maureen Child Update 14 September 2017

Dear All

 

I just love it when the fabulous Portobello Reporter comes through our letterbox.  Now you can get it here: http://porty.org.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/rep_autumn_17.pdf.  It has run with a couple of blips since June 1980, entirely fuelled by voluntary effort from a changing and evolving editorial group and supported by local businesses as advertisers.  Long may it continue!

 

I had a couple of queries about whether Porty Beach still being machine-cleaned along its full length to Joppa. The tractor driver was diverted to cover annual leave on one of our street cleansing vehicles, so the beach has not been cleaned in its entirety every single day.  But since some of you asked, the supervisors will make sure the Eastern end of the beach will be given some attention.

 

It’s Archaeology Month and a representative of the Treasure Trove team from the National Museum of Scotland will be at Newhailes this Saturday 16 September for a free drop in session from 11am – 2pm. Bring along any archaeological artefacts you have unearthed to discover what they are. At 2.15pm there will be a talk on Medieval and later treasure trove found in East Lothian and housed in local museums.  Although both events are free, numbers are limited so drop in to the visitor centre or call 0131 665 1546 to reserve your place.

 

Great to see this feature on our two Scottish beach volleyball champs who train very hard indeed on Portobello beach.  They are aiming high this coming weekend and I wish them every success!

http://www.thenational.scot/sport/15522655.Scots_pair_bid_for_beach_first_at_Cyprus_event/

 

There is a new baby and toddler group every second Tuesday at St John’s Church Hall, 3 Sandford Gardens, Portobello EH15 1LP from 10 – 11.30am. The next group is on Tuesday, 24 September. Come along to chat, play, relax and meet other parents and carers.  There is a small fee of £1 per family, per visit, to contribute towards the hall running costs. This includes tea, coffee and biscuits/cake. Please feel free to join their Facebook group to keep up to date with all info relating to the group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/248291585575188/

 

I am grateful to Barney Dellar for this link which attempts to bust some of the myths about 20mph and air quality.  It injects some research-based scientific findings into this over-heated transport debate.  http://www.20splenty.org/20mph_limits_improve_air_quality

 

Interesting chat on social media and elsewhere about the cutouts of the Powerleague site.  Some of it here: https://www.facebook.com/justinkenrick/posts/10211952401939623

There was a unanimous decision of Council to market the site and to ring-fence  the proceeds to fill the funding gap for rebuilding Meadowbank. There were no dissenting voices.  The questionnaire reflects that fact.  It is also a fact that the planning status of that site in the recently approved Local Development Plan is as open space.  It is not a designated housing site.  Make of all that what you will.

 

You might have seen the Portobello Rotary traditional games at the Portobello Village Show. Now the club is inviting you to an Doors Open Evening to hear about the work Rotary club members do in the local community and their major worldwide project to eradicate polio. So do come to the King’s Manor Hotel on Wednesday 11 October, 6.15pm for 6.30pm, for a communal meal and chat. Portobello Rotary is a small club, but a welcoming one and it should be a great evening.

 

The community cinema group in Craigmillar have planned a whole day of outdoor cinema screenings in an amazing yurt for Friday 22 September. These screenings are part of the first event to be held on the temporary green space on this day. Their programme includes local film made over the years, from Arts the Catalyst to Bill Douglas’ My Childhood. The event is about more than just watching a film – but opportunity for people to connect, share stories and come together as a community.  Could be a great day and if nothing else a yurt isn’t something you would see every day as you travel along Niddrie Mains Road. More information from dani.Waddell@thistle.org.uk

 

Portobello Library are having a Dementia Cafe on Tuesday 19  September, 10am – 4pm.  A diagnosis of dementia can be a frightening, both for the person with dementia, and for their families and friends. The good news is that there are lots of groups and services in Edinburgh that offer support for people with dementia and those who care for them.  Come along to our drop-in cafe to find out more. There will be people on hand to chat you to about dementia, and to help you find groups and services in your local area. You can drop in any time between 10am and 4pm and have a cuppa, a scone and a good natter!

 

Edinburgh Leisure’s Jump In project works with nursery school children in areas of deprivation. So far, the project has enabled 1,500 nursery children become safer and more confident in and around water. Children get a free block of swimming lessons and the chance to go swimming with their family for just £1. This is followed by 6 months discounted lessons; an affordable way for children to become more confident swimmers.

 

‘Before his Jump In swimming lessons, Michael was scared of getting in the pool.  He hadn’t had lessons before, as he is one of four kids and we couldn’t afford it.  With the support of his teachers, Michael has learnt to be safe in the pool and will even jump in!  His confidence has grown massively and he is always asking if it’s Friday yet – so he can go swimming.  This project has inspired me to take the whole family swimming more often.’

Michael’s mum

 

Last year Edinburgh Leisure employees took up a fundraising swim challenge to raise funds for the Jump In project. This year it’s  public fundraiser; the ‘Jump In Swim Challenge’. During September the Swim Challenge is for everyone to stroke, paddle or crawl their way to 5 or 10km in Edinburgh Leisure pools and raise vital funds for the Jump In project.  You can find out more about the project at www.edinburghleisure.co.uk/jumpinswimchallenge.

 

That might even get even me in swimming, a few lengths. But not in cold water, I hasten to add!

 

Do you fancy a spot of beach cleaning this weekend?  Here’s your chance to do it with a group of like-minded people: http://www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/beach/portobello-northseafield/event/2017-09-17

 

Have a great weekend, whatever you do!

 

Maureen

 

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

Maureen Child Update 7 September 2017

Dear All

 

The fabulous Edinburgh Tool Library, with their giant tool box, is in Portobello Library from 4pm to 7pm on Mondays and it is going really well.  Now the Tool Library is open in Craigmillar Library too, every Tuesday afternoon. Please do drop in between 1.30pm and 3.30pm to find out more about the Tool Library, become a member, donate tools or volunteer. It works just like a normal library, but with tools instead of books. So whether you need a hammer or a spanner, a drill or a sander, you can borrow it from the Tool Library.  The annual membership fee is by donation and flexible, depending on what you can afford.  If you have any questions, please contact Anna on anna@edinburghtoollibrary.org.uk or visit www.edinburghtoollibrary.org.uk

 

There was a lot going on last weekend, so – like me – you might not have managed to cover the whole of Artwalk Porty.  Time to catch up this coming weekend, if you can. Programme here: http://www.artwalkporty.co.uk/2017/art-walk.html

 

Did you see the wonderful photos of the coastal rowing off Portobello often see them setting off and think you would like to have a go at that too? Try the ‘Social Rowing’ session with Row Porty on Sundays.  See their website: rowporty.org.uk/join-us/

 

Well done to the Porty Hornets P7s rugby team on their first matches of the new season – they won all three!  Our friendly Portobello Rugby Club are always looking for new players, both boys and girls, so if you want to be part of a winning team please do get in touch!  https://www.facebook.com/PortyHornetsMiniRugby/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

 

The programme for the 2017 Portobello Book Festival, 6 – 8 October, has now been revealed.  They have a busier programme than ever this year. Tickets to all events are, as always, free and will be available now from Portobello Library. I’ve got mine! Click the link below to see the full programme and look out for more info about each individual event over the coming weeks.

https://portobellobookfestival.wordpress.com/2017/09/02/2017-programme-revealed/

http://www.portobellobookfestival.wordpress.com/

 

The Portobello community, through Action Porty, now have the keys and own Bellfield. The church and halls in Bellfield Street were acquired through Scottish Government funding in the first urban community buy-out in Scotland. What a great achievement! Bellfield would like to be able to refurbish the building to open for community use without having to borrow, so have started a crowdfunder that has already raised more than a quarter of the £20,000 we need.   Click here to find out more and donate:

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/help-fund-bellfield?utm_source=ActionPorty&utm_campaign=69437ff21e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_09_06&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cdc20ba05c-69437ff21e-55923415&mc_cid=69437ff21e&mc_eid=88b4f6c05d

 

If you want to become a Belllfield Member, do sign up on-line. You will receive our email direct and be invited along to any AGM or special events that we hold.  Join up  here:  https://www.bellfield.scot/membership/

 

Tribe Porty are wanting as many people as possible to fill in their survey as they are trying to assess local interest in certain topics to help plan for their next development. You can find it here, https://tribeconversations.typeform.com/to/ggqKrY. Dani Trudeau of Tribe Porty is also offering to meet folk if they are not active online or would rather speak directly about what is important to them.  Contact Dani Trudeau on dani@tribeporty.org or phone 07753 304 006.  Check out what is currently in the mix; there is something for everyone. They have classes and workshops for your mind, body and creative soul. There are classes for all ages and stages. For more info and booking, go online www.tribeporty.org/events

 

You might have seen a pony riding riding with a wheelchair user.  More about how it came about here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/in-pictures-31939756/pony-rides-off-road-in-a-wheelchair

They say Portobello beach can be accessible to anyone, in any wheelchair, on a regular basis; just contact ponyaxes.com

 

Police Scotland is consulting about what their  local area priorities should be.  What communities tend to want to see are officers out on the beat and responding to urgent calls.  However, a considerable amount of resources are put into tackling local priorities in a number of different ways.  Some of these are responsive, to deal with  – for example – a rise in housebreaking.  Other resources are proactive, like the investment made in Council liaison officers.  Please respond here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CXH85XJ. Or find more here:

http://www.scotland.police.uk/about-us/decision-making/public-consultation/local-policing-consultation/

 

People sometimes ask me what happened to Neighbourhood Watch. Well, it’s gone digital.  The local police are recommending you sign up to Neighbourhood Alert which is a way of getting free online alerts and targeted information about where you live.

 https://member-registration.neighbourhoodalert.co.uk/91/Join

 

Portobello Community Choir welcomes new people! Every Wednesday 7.15pm – 9.15pm in Portobello  Baptist Church Hall. Go along and discover what your voice sounds like and the joy of singing with others http://www.portobellocommunitychoir.org/ All new members have one free trial session

 

Brunstane Primary School’s head teacher Kevin Brack is walking 26 miles round Edinburgh in support of Street Soccer which makes such a great contribution to the Wellbeing of young people.  He has already busted his target, but if you would like to bust it even further in a great cause, here is Kevin’s Just Giving page link:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kevin-brack?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Kevin-Brack&utm_campaign=pfp-email&utm_term=5Pq6rKaaK

 

Would you like to be a volunteer? Or want to find out more about volunteering opportunities? If so, you’re welcome to come along to a Volunteers’ Fayre at The Thistle Centre of Wellbeing on Thursday 14 September between 12.30pm and 3pm.  Ian who is a peer supporter at Thistle has set-up the event so that you can meet organisations which are looking for some extra help and have a chat about volunteering. Any organisations who would like to take part, can contact Ian on ian.fair@thistle.org.uk.

 

There is still just time to take part in child bereavement charity Richmond Hope’s Mile of Memories event on Saturday 23 September on Portobello Prom 12 noon to  2pm.   If you want to take part in the event, please call Richmonds Hope soon on 0131 661 6818. If you would like to know more, and donate to the charity, click here: http://www.richmondshope.org.uk/

 

A new weekly social group for adults promises to be a great way of meeting new people and adding some laughter to Mondays,  starting this Monday from 5.30pm-7.30pm at The Thistle Foundation, working in a local partnership with Carr Gomm, Richmond Cafe and get2gether.

 

One of the many highlights of my week was meeting up with Kirsten Law who was appointed less than a month ago to work at the Citadel Youth Centre as their new North East Locality Youth Work Development Worker. Kirsten is working within the remit of the Youth and Children’s Work Strategy for Edinburgh 2017–2020 to map current services, identify gaps and work with young people to develop initiatives to fill these gaps. KIrsten’s appointment is a first in Edinburgh, and we’re hoping to work together in North East to make it a great success. Kirsten can be contacted by phone on 0131 554 0510 or email Kirsten@citadelyouthcentre.org.uk.

 

I often asked a lot about the state of Brighton Place and what is happening to reconstruct the road; and living nearby, I often wonder on my own account!  A decision on the surfacing material to be used in Brighton Place will be made at the Transport and Environmental  Committee in December.  A further report on the historic sett policy will also be presented to Committee on the same Committee agenda.  The findings of this report will be taken into consideration prior to making the final decision on Brighton Place.  The transport sections design teams have already completed most of the design work for both sett and asphalt resurfacing.  So they would hope to be on site within a few months of the December Committee making a decision.

 

Have a great weekend, when it comes!

 

Best wishes

 

Maureen

 

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