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Maureen Child Update 26 January 2015

Dear All

Portobello Community Council takes place tonight, Monday 26 January at 7.30pm. It’s always on the last Monday of the month. Click to find out what’s on the agenda: : PCC Agenda All are welcome to attend. This is the kind of thing they normally deal with – click on: Portobello Community Council

‘Feb Fest’ is at St Mark’s Episcopal Church, on Portobello High Street, on Saturday 7 February from 11am to 1pm. There will be a coffee and bacon rolls, home baking stall, unwanted gifts stall (perfect for a post-Christmas clear out!), second hand books stall and raffle. The event is to raise funds for St Mark’s and 10% will go towards the church’s designated charities – WaterAid, Basics Bank and Mary’s Meals. All welcome. Further details at

The Council is seeking the views of stakeholders and the public on its school streets proposal, including a scheme for Towerbank Primary School. The on-line consultation is now open and a drop in session has been organised at the school on Wednesday 28 January from Maps and information on the proposals is also available at Portobello Library. This information has been delivered to the residents living within the scheme and Portobello Community Council. Further information is also available at

Find out more about our new way of allocating our community grants for Portobello & Craigmillar –!/

Portobello Community Council is promoting a helpful quick guide to “crisis response” resources to help individuals with immediate essential living costs: Crisis Response Guide Over a million families are in fuel poverty. Let them know help is available. See link:

Shop Porty is a Facebook Page that celebrates our wonderful High Street. It’s an online destination that brings together all of the best independent shops in Portobello. Here’s the link:

Breadshare, a community enterprise cafe and bakery has settled into a new home in Seafield Road:

As wintery weather continues to bite over the coming weeks, be a Snow Angel and help keep pavements ice-free.

Find out more about Craigmillar Boxing Club: Craigmillar Boxing Club Profile

Edinburgh Basketball Club have a new Mini Hoops coach and youngsters are getting involved in sport at Holyrood High School, see:

I just loved a fabulous photograph was prominently featured in the Guardian, taken by Murdo McLeod and appeared on social media too: A skiff comes to shore after a dawn row on Portobello beach: Click Here:

The Council is rolling out a new recycling service in Edinburgh. Find out what happens to your recycling here:
A couple of historical notes about Portobello/Joppa which you might or might not already know: Abercorn Park: Dr Hugh Dewar Memorial Fountain and the Chocolate Factory

Best wishes