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Maureen Child Update 16 February 2015

Dear All

Please find (attached) more information about participatory budgeting process for the community grants programme in the next financial year to benefit Portobello/Craigmillar Ward. We’re calling it: You Decide! These small grant awards used to be decided by those few of us on the local Neighbourhood Partnership Board, as and when the proposals came in and not everybody knew the cash was available and how decisions were made. For this coming financial year, we wanted to let more people determine what projects should get funding; spread the word widely about what is available; and help build the capacity of local people to make a difference in their area. See more on the attached leaflet.

The Craigmillar community are proudly hosting the second preview of ‘StAnza’. The first being at the National Library of Scotland. Craigmillar will be the first community library to preview this internationally acclaimed event in St Andrews in March. Craigmillar Poets will also be attending the event in St Andrews for the very first time. Making the presentation will be the Festival Director, Eleanor Livingstone, performing will be the Edinburgh Makar Christine De Luca and also poet Agnes Torok. Please see details here to also mark World Community Arts Day. Just hoping to spread the word. It would be lovely if a lot of people were there to attend event tomorrow at 6pm, if you can!

This is a great award winning film about film community art as lived by the Craigmillar Festival Society – where all this started:

You can also find an article in The List : World Community Arts Day

Castlebrae Community High School’s Adult Art Class Exhibition is still on until Sat 21st February at Craigmillar Library

Brighton Place – Retain the setts (aka cobbles) or replace with tarmac? What do you think? Take the Portobello Community Councils’ Survey:

Karin from Carr Gomm and some volunteers will be showcasing some local food growing projects in Lidl, Craigmillar this Thursday 19 February between 3 – 5pm. This is part of the Eat Better, Feel Better campaign. More info here.

The annual Bridgend Growing Communities’ Annual Potato Day will be held on Sunday 22 February, from 11am to 2pm. There will be refreshments, children’s activities, guided tours, mini-workshops and food tasting.

A new £120k community garden is to take root in Magdalene. See more here:

Adult Learning Link has not shut down or changed into a pharmacy. It’s just moved from 58-60 Niddrie Mains Road to Sandy’s Castleview Community Centre, 76 Craigmillar Castle Avenue.

Have a good week – holidays or not!

Best wishes