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Maureen Child Update 24 April 2014

Dear All

Please find a Figgate Park questionnaire at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FiggatePark2014
The information obtained will help shape the way forward for the park over the coming years and will be part of the new management plan. If you’re a regular user, you may have already been asked the questions by the park rangers, but if not the survey will be open until close of play tomorrow (25 April), so seize the day!

University Masters student and local resident Talat Yaqoob is currently doing research on community participation for her dissertation, and she is using the Portobello High School developments as one of the case studies and is looking for responses. The link to the survey is here: https://www.survey.ed.ac.uk/portobello2014

Local cyclists and pedestrians are asking us to come and join them at Pedal on Parliament which is for both pedestrians and cyclists. The demonstration is on Saturday 26 April where cyclists from all over the country will be gathering in The Meadows at 11:30am before cycling together down the High Street to The Scottish Parliament in order to highlight the benefits that active travel could bring to Scotland. There are various feeder rides and all the details here at: http://pedalonparliament.org/

Message from and another PEDAL (Portobello Transition Town) – It will soon be Portobello Market time again! A week on Saturday – 3 May – they fling open the gates of Brighton Park again for another morning of market stall shopping with independent traders. There’s the regular live music band of the Caleerie Buskers and local face painter Annie D will be there. Come and join us and browse everything from handmade soaps, plants, garden furniture and crafts, organic mutton, cheese, condiments, oils, bread to jams, dog treats and African vegetarian goodies! Check here for a full list of stallholders Portobello Market is open at 9.30am until 1.30pm.

Duddingston Primary School Parent Teacher Association Spring Fayre is on Saturday 10 May from 10am to 12 noon in aid of school funds.

Lothian Sea Kayak Club are organising an event in aid of the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea. It’s a talk on Sunday11 May at 7.30 pm in St Philip’s Church, Portobello, Abercorn Terrace, EH15 2DL. “Big Dreams, Big Seas: The importance of failure”. Patrick Winterton talks about the first successful kayak crossing from Scotland to Norway. Patrick, together with Ollie Hicks, made the crossing last summer in a Kirton double kayak with relentless Force 5-6 winds, constantly crumbling waves and container ship consuming mist – a far cry from the comfortable conditions they wanted for rapid paddling and deep sleep, both of which they felt were vital to complete the 360km crossing. The presentation will include footage and anecdotes from other trips, including their first aborted attempt to get across the North Sea. More on the RNLI and how to donate: http://rnli.org/Pages/default.aspx

Fun Fiddle Portobello Music Train is back!! On Sunday 4 May at 3pm, join Fun Fiddlers and a brand new Porty community street band in a live music train along Portobello Promenade. (This even is part of Tradfest, more details click on: Tradfest Festival Bring an instrument or just bring yourself and family. All welcome, young and auld! Meet at junction of Beach Lane and Portobello Promenade at 3pm and process to ‘The Cake’ bandstand, Marlborough St for some dancing and music. Then on to the Dalriada for a session. You can access our easy-to-play march from our website www.funfiddle.co.uk or on Fun Fiddle Facebook, or here: Fun Fiddle. Rainy weather alternative – meet at The Wash House , Adelphi Grove, 3pm. Calling all adults (or over 16’s!) If you would like to come to Street band workshops and take part in Music Train with Fun Fiddlers see Tradfest Events
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Portobello Heritage Trust have made an open invitation to a community event to celebrate the completion of the rebuild of the 1909 pottery kiln in Bridge Street. The event takes place from 2pm on Saturday 10 May. There will be music and stalls, with the chance for children to make their own brick. If you haven’t yet seen the outstanding brickwork of the kiln, please do make this your opportunity to view it and feel free to bring along any colleagues, family or friends you think may be interested. More detail at: www.portobelloheritagetrust.co.uk

Have a good weekend!

Best wishes

Maureen