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Maureen Child Update 19 February 2014

Dear All

Portobello Heritage Trust have arranged an illustrated talk and display of finds from the Portobello Harbour Dig at Bridge Street near the Pottery Kilns. The event is in the Baptist Church Hall, 185 Portobello High Street tomorrow, Thursday 20 February at 7.30pm and the speakers are local freelance ceramic researcher George Haggarty and the City’s Archaeologist John Lawson. Promises to be fascinating and entertaining. All welcome and admission is free.

Belles on Bikes is running its second Edinburgh run on 22 February. facebook.com/events/3626013… If you are a female cyclist looking to get out on your bike then come along! We are a friendly bunch of ladies keen on cycling (and cake) and welcome women of all abilities. If you are interested in getting the group up and running in Edinburgh then we’d love to hear from you. The route will be a quiet, relaxed and reasonably flat loop around East Lothian, starting from Portobello in Edinburgh. It’s around 30 miles, with a cake stop in Longniddry. Here’s the route: http://www.bikemap.net/en/route/2425476-portobello-musselburgh-longniddry-musselburgh-portobello/

Porty Beach and Figgate Burn clear up squad of volunteers is meeting up for some hard graft, starting at 10.30am Sunday 23 February at Bridge St. Car Park. All welcome to lend a hand – dressed appropriately for the task, of course.

An “All you need to know” home security booklet in PDF format bit.ly/1j4DezO What are you going to do to make your home more secure?

Portobello Transition Town’s Market is a week on Saturday. Organiser, Graham Kitchener says: “February’s a short month, which is great because here we are already, just 10 days away from the next Portobello Market on Saturday 1 March. We have an exciting new supplier this month called Build Rwanda. Responsibly sourced African cooking products that help support communities in Rwanda. Arbroath Smokies are back, together with our popular and regular suppliers of organic lamb, mutton, pork and beef; seasonal vegetables; handmade soaps; crafts and textiles and plants and furniture for the garden. There’s something for the pet pooch too, and we have several baking and food stalls including condiments, sweet and savoury pastries, fresh bread made the old fashioned way, and freshly brewed real espresso coffee to while away the time at our tables and chairs. A full list of stallholders is available on the website. We open at 9.30 until 1.30pm. Don’t miss out on this wide variety of goods as it’s 5 weeks before we’re back again on 5 April. See you there in Brighton Park, just off Brighton Place, Portobello.”

There was a Community Media Café on blogging in Craigmillar Library last December. This was part of the Digital Commonwealth project for communities in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Ayrshire which has a particular focus on blogging, video, audio and social media. The project is now moving to the next stage and is looking for volunteers who are interested in exploring these themes further to sign up (link below). If you are interested, you have until 28 February to apply: http://digitalcommonwealth.co.uk/2014/02/11/recruiting-now-digital-storytelling-workshops-in-glasgow-edinburgh-and-ayrshire/

Lastly, this has gone ‘viral’ on social media, but you might not have seen it yet: Scottish Water’s story about what Scots put down their sewers – but shouldn’t! – might be of interest: ow.ly/tHRxQ

Best wishes

Maureen