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Maureen Child Update 4 December 2015

Dear All

You will be very welcome to join Tribe Porty on Sunday, 6 December for their Christmas Makers Fair! 12 noon to 6pm 19 Windsor Place:  pic.twitter.com/G7exLmUwIg

The Holyrood Boxing Gym is organising a food bank collection in association with The Trussel Trust for families throughout Edinburgh.  From 8-18 December at 146 Duddingston Road West.  See here: pic.twitter.com/SFpbRLd9O8 and here: http://chronicleonline.net/2015/12/03/christmas-foodbank-collection/

‘Portobello Loves Circus’ event at Full Cirqle on Saturday 12 December 6.30pm to 9.30pm.  Doors open 6pm.  A fun filled evening of performances.  To book go to their website:  www.fullcirqle.org.uk  Tickets £10 single, £7 concessions, £30 family.  More here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1605662766322811/permalink/1605662779656143/

Congratulations to Edinburgh College Community Gardens and Orchards volunteers.  They won the UK EAUC Green Gown Student Engagement Award and the International Student Engagement Award. Congratulations to all!  Fantastic news!  More here:https://www.facebook.com/MiltonRoadCommunityGarden/posts/855332474577340

A link to some of the fabulous award-winning animation work that Mark Carr of the Arts and Environment Project has enabled local kids to do this year:  https://www.youtube.com/user/CMartsandenvironment

Based at Castlebrae Business Centre, Cre8te Opportunities’ award-winning fabulous Digital Skills project team are running classes on a Wednesday morning 9.30am till 12.30pm and Wednesday afternoon 1.30pm till 4.30pm.  They have trained over 1500 people since they started 3 years ago.  If you are interested in attending any of these great classes, do contact Clare on 0131 661 8888. More here: http://chronicleonline.net/2015/12/03/interested-in-learning-basic-computer-skills/

Silver Robin is a lively and light-hearted meeting place for older people to share and discuss interests, views, experiences and connect with other like-minded people. You can find find useful information, new ideas, have fun, and when necessary, have a good grumble. It’s your space to publish articles, memories, personal anecdotes. It’s run by a self-styled ‘oldie’  who knows that life can be lonely. Click on here: http://www.silverrobin.co.uk/

Equalities Ambassadors Wanted! Are you passionate about equalities and championing human rights? Then here is an opportunity to volunteer!  pic.twitter.com/CvpM1idnwC

Strength in the Community is a resource that has started in Portobello for people affected by someone else’s alcohol/drug use or addiction, including gambling. Talking about this may help, or you may help others. Information is on hand that could be useful. Talking about these issues may help those affected, and useful information is readily available. They meet every first and third Monday of the month at 6pm to 8pm in Portobello Library upstairs. The next drop-in dates are the 7th and 21st December. If you would like more information please phone 07419 919 336 or email strengthinthecommunity@gmail.com.

Portobello Amnesty International Group will provide cards for the ‘Write for Rights 2015’ Greeting Card campaign to support people whose basic human rights are being attacked. We hope you might be able to fill out one of the cards at our stall this month at the Portobello Organic market in Brighton Park on 5th December. We are a fairly active and friendly group and welcome anyone to also come to our group meetings. Our next meeting is on Monday 14th December at 7:30pm at Portobello Old Parish Church in Bellfield Street, where anyone with an interest in Amnesty International is welcome to join us for the meeting, a cuppa and some Christmas nibbles. If you would like more information about the above, please phone on 07462 271 808.

On Monday evening at Portobello High School, it was good to talk through what Portobello Community Council and partners might do with the feedback from young people about living in Portobello and what would make it better.  A summary of the consultation carried out by the community council and Council’s community learning and development service online at portobellocc.org/Minutes/2015/PFYP/PFYP_report.pdf. Any questions? Send them to: sfyp@portobellocc.org

Every Caring Christmas Tree bought from Bethany raises vital funds for the Edinburgh Winter Care Shelter to bring rough sleepers in from the cold. No-one should have to sleep rough this winter. You can make a difference. With increasing numbers of people seeking shelter over the winter months, it’s a sad fact that this service is needed more than ever. Over the last 2 years Bethany have seen an 86% increase in numbers of people with nowhere else to go and this year they are already busier than ever. They need your help more than ever. Please buy your tree form Bethany or give a donation: http://www.caringchristmastrees.com/edinburgh/

New Adult Education Classes at Portobello High School – January 2016.  Coming soon to your community, booking goes live on 9 December, places are limited so log on and create your online account.  Website is here: https://www.joininedinburgh.org/enrol/venue-programmes/portobello-high-school/  For more information about classes please contact Ellie: ellie.forgan@ea.edin.sch.uk

Saturday mornings with Portobello Parkrun in Figgate Park is huge successful and a great part of local community life. There have been one or two local complaints which the organisers do try their best to address: “I’d like to thank everyone for listening to the pre run brief and heeding our weekly requests to be considerate of other park users and each other, as well as staying on the paths and generally being a super bunch”  and “Just to reiterate my post during the week, please park considerately in the local area. There’s usually plenty of parking on Baileyfield Road (near the finish point) rather than inconveniencing local residents. If you can get to parkrun by public transport or under your own steam – even better!”  Full report of last week’s run here:  http://www.parkrun.org.uk/portobello/news/2015/11/28/event-32-28-november-2015-thanks/

Thanks for the feedback during the week.  If you are reading this through Chronicle Online, and if the links don’t work, I have left the full text in the link and –hopefully – you can highlight, copy and paste that into a search engine to get it to work.  If all else fails, do get in touch with me direct!

Don’t forget to take part in the Edinburgh Budget Consultation (see below).  The deadline has been extend a week from 10 December until 17 December.

Please note, I won’t be at my local surgeries on Monday – neither at Sandy’s/Castleview Community Centre at 5.30pm or at Portobello Library for 7pm – because of another commitment, but will be back on Monday 14 December.  And my other contact details are below.

Have a great 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 17 December 2015

Maureen Child Update 27 November 2015

Dear All

The community campaign to save Craigentinny allotments at Telferton is well underway.  If you want to be part of the Portobello Community Council consultation, please do lodge any objections with them to the planning application (15/05072/PPP) by close of play TODAY Friday 27 November http://www.portobellocc.org/pccpn/2015/11/10/telferton-allotments-planning-application-have-your-say/ .  But it would also be just as important to comment directly to direct to the planning department by 4 December.

Today is also the funding deadline for Edinburgh Community Solar Co-ophttp://www.energydash.org/project/edinburgh-community-solar-co-op  By last Tuesday, £1.2 Million had been raised towards the £1.4 Million target share offer.  So if you can and want to be part of this, sign up now to avoid disappointment.  Edinburgh residents get priority.

The White House Kitchen Presents John Connor & Guests Friday, 27 November Doors open – 7.00pm Tickets £5.00 at the door. More here: Tonight!

Portobello MarketThe Force Awakens – 9.30am to 1.30pm Saturday 5 December in Brighton Park. BG Cycles will be there from the beginning offering a free bicycle check. Last chance to pick up traders’ one-off seasonal goodies. 26 traders on site and a full list of everything available is on the PEDAL website. Please like out Facebook page: Portymarket Map: https://goo.gl/bDOQjD

A reminder about MEET THE FUNDERS! Thursday 3 December 1.00 – 4.00pm Portobello Town Hall, 147-149 High Street, Portobello Edinburgh EH15 1AF (– and do stay on for Portobello Street Fest!) Meet the Funders is a free public marketplace event providing access to funding information for community projects. It’s a great opportunity for groups to discuss their ideas with potential funders and collect a range of information about possible sources of grant aid. No need to book – just drop in.

Exhibitors expected include:

 

Big Lottery Social Investment Scotland
MyParkScotland First Port
The Melting Pot General Enquiries
Family Fund Edinburgh Business Gateway
Edinburgh4Community Bank of Scotland
Pass It On Registered Tenants Asscn Grants
Community Grants Fund Edinburgh Community Food
Sportscotland Robertson Trust
Princes Trust Enterprise Royal Bank of Scotland
Volunteering Matters Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage
Home Energy Scotland Tribe Porty
Scotland’s Employment Recruitment Incentive Fund ( SERI) Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation
MOD Covenant Fund Art& Business Scotland
Clubsports Edinburgh Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland
The Big Lunch – The Eden Project

The LOOPs Networks – Local Opportunities for Older People – is still looking for feedback from those who work with older people throughout Edinburgh.  Please get in touch if you can help:  LOOPS Evaluation

Reading Champion was revealed this week at Craigmillar Library.  More here:  Reading Champion

And here’s an opportunity to help make inspire the reader of the future:  http://chronicleonline.net/2015/11/24/volunteers-wanted-to-read-to-toddlers/

And there are a wealth of volunteering opportunities out there! Volunteer Edinburgh, now based at 222 Leith Walk, helps people find volunteering opportunities, and also finds volunteers for organisations that need them.  With one-in-four people in Edinburgh regularly volunteering, the organisation’s mission is to inspire even more people to get active and become involved in their communities, enhancing their lives, and the lives of others.

Lunchtime workshops in Magdalene, look to build cooking confidence and find ways to reduce our food waste. It’s a big topic at the moment, with Hugh’s War on Waste featuring on prime-time telly, and they’re keen to help local residents save money on wasted food and cook up some tasty, healthy meals in the meantime!

Workshops will be taking place every fortnight at the Magdalene Community Centre. The next two sessions are on Tuesday 1st December and Tuesday 15th December, both starting at 12 noon. More here: Magdalene Edible Estate  I can see Magdalene people really flourishing!  Gardening is good for your mind as well as your body: bit.ly/20ZyJgG

Scottish Water is reminding customers to follow their Card, Check and Call advice to stop bogus callers. With the dark winter nights here, and SW staff taking thousands of water samples from customers across the country, they are advising people how to recognise a genuine Scottish Water employee from a bogus caller when they turn up at their door. More here: Beware Bogus Callers

The Portobello Timebank Christmas Party will be held at the Dalriada, 7:30 – 9:30pm on Thursday December 3.  Same night as Portobello’s Street Fest when lots of events are taking place 5-8pm.  One of Anna Moffat’s favourite photos – and mine – from the Art Walk Porty exhibition, ‘Be Nice’ is currently on display at The ‘Wild’ Flower Shop and will soon be available to buy as a framed print on Ann’s website. Photo

Professional drummer, Martin Neil, will be holding a workshop on Saturday 5 December 2015 in Wellsprings, Newcraighall. For the ‘Developing Percussions’ workshop, held from 10:30am to 4:30pm in the upper room of Wellsprings, 71 Whitehill Street, Newcraighall, EH21 8QZ, Martin Neil will draw on his knowledge of different styles of music that he has learned from his travels. More here: Workshop

This week, I visited social enterprises Breadshare, The White House Kitchen and Hunters Hall Housing Cooperative with other Councillors, as part of an open invitation to Councillors to find out first-hand about the third sector, volunteering and social enterprise in our City.  More on Breadshare here: http://chronicleonline.net/2015/11/21/breadshare-giving-edinburgh-a-slice-of-healthy-inspiration/

The digital news Chronicle Online have recently launched a new “what’s on” page, bringing together all of the events and meetings happening in your area in one handy place. If you have an event you would like to be added to this page then please let them know at http://chronicleonline.net/submit-your-story/ or by emailing hellochronicleonline@gmail.com

The popular Portobello ParkRun takes place weekly in Figgate Park and here’s their latest report :  fb.me/2a1U60rNZ

Proposals to install 24hr waiting restrictions in some streets in East Edinburgh wp.me/p6Feb4-e1

Newhailes House are having festive fun activities between Saturday 5 December – Sunday 13 December. You can escape the pressures and join them in the Stables courtyard. Book tickets and find our more here:  Newhailes

Portobello Art School is coming to Tribe Porty. Classes for adults and kids. Find out more here: fb.me/5jZAspKu0

There is some great stuff reported to the Communities and Neighbourhoods Committee which might be of local interest: Communities and Neighbourhoods Committee 24 November 2015 Full Meeting Papers

Here’s an image of the new Towerbank Primary School dining hall extension Image of the new Towerbank Primary School dining hall extension

Designs have been revealed for the new accommodation being built by the City of Edinburgh Council to cater for increased free primary school meal provision.

Planning applications have now been submitted for the accommodation at four schools across the capital , one of them Towerbank. The new buildings and extensions are needed so the Council can meet Scottish Government requirements to provide free school meals for all P1 to P3s.

On Sunday 29 November, the wonderful Robin Chapel is holding its Advent Carol Service at 4pm. The service will include traditional carols, sung by the full Chapel Choir, with Advent readings and I’m looking forward to be doing one of them. A great start to the week!

Whatever you do, have a great 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 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.

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