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Maureen Child Update 27 February 2014

Dear All

Please find details of the Travelling Gallery’s visit to Craigmillar Library on Friday 28 February from 1.30pm – 4.30pm. It will be at Castlebrae Community High School in the morning.

An update of how Castlebrae Community High School is doing is on next week’s agenda for Education Children and Families Committee. The link is here: Castlebrae Community High School – Progress Report

Race night this Friday! Portobello High School has a partner school at Kiurani in Kenya and this summer they are hoping to have exchange visits. Most of the fundraising has to be done by Portobello and depending on how much they raise, they can help 2, 3 or 4 students from Kiurani to come over and experience life in Scotland, and Portobello in particular. Porty High also intend to take across appropriate resources for their Kenyan partners and again this will depend on successful fund raising. One of their fund raisers is a race night at Portobello Rugby Club on Friday 28 February starting 7pm. £3 ticket includes Kenyan style food. Details of the fundraising is on the school web-site

You can start the month with a visit to Portobello on Saturday 1 March and the coffee morning and sale at St Mark’s Episcopal Church, on the High Street, from 10am to 12 noon. Coffee and bacon rolls will be available and a variety of stalls including home baking, crafts and second hand books. Also a chance to look round this historic church. More details from

This Saturday is also Portobello Market Day from 9.30am to 1.30pm in Brighton Park. Since the last email 3 more new stall holders have joined in: Shenincraft making handmade felt crafts from Portobello. Tim Johnson Crafts making unique jewellery. Days Gone Bye supplying real jams with no added thickeners, preservatives or anything artificial. Edinburgh Contemporary Crafts – an information stall for a non profit organisation providing studio space for crafts people in Edinburgh. Check out the list of stallholders for full information.

If you enjoy choral music, this is a very special treat for a Sunday afternoon. Robin Chapel Music have just issued their music list for March to June The choir is magnificent and everyone is welcome.

You might find this useful about what happens when you phone the charity Crimestoppers with information that contributes to keeping our communities safer and you want to remain anonymous:

A new project is starting off East Neighbourhood Centre on Monday coming. Staff will be providing a mix of drop-in sessions and 1:1 free guidance as well as classes and groups to help people with computing and getting on line. A four week pilot period begins on Monday 3 March. The main aim is to improve digital access for all, helping people to get online and use e-mail but also encourage easier and more access to services through the Council website. Staff will provide access to a range of laptops and other devices. This is an offer of free help from City of Edinburgh Council to help people use email, shop, chat, search, and make applications. Help is on hand in the East Neighbourhood Office, 101 Niddrie Mains Road. If you know anyone who would benefit, do let them know!
Monday Drop in all day 10am-4pm; Group sessions: 10.30-11.30am or 2.30-3.30pm
Tuesday Drop in all day 10am-4pm; Group sessions: 10.30-11.30am or 2.30-3.30pm
Thursday Drop in all day 10am-4pm; Access support for visual disabilities 2-4pm
Friday: Learn IT labs 10.30am-12.30pm
Contact: Kenny Sharkey 0131 469 3615 or Email:

As Councillors, we recently got some information on the Council’s insurance arrangements. Insurance Services produced a leaflet and a copy is available at: This leaflet is issued when a claim is reported for damage, mainly from potholes and trip hazards, which make up over half of the claims made.

Best wishes for a good weekend when it comes!


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