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Maureen Child Update 27 January 2014

Dear All

Please find my latest Councillor’s Report attached. A few more things for now – and a list which is by no means exhaustive of all that is going on, so do keep the ideas coming!….

Notice for all about “Dosh Day” which is taking place on Thursday 30 January 2014 at The White House, Niddrie Mains Road, Craigmillar, from 9.30am until 1pm. This is an awareness day for the public at which a variety of advice and guidance will be offered on a number of different topics– but predominantly it is about ways for families on low incomes might save money. Seonaid Boyle Project Administrator Money Matters Project Financial Inclusion Team Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association, 1 Hay Avenue Edinburgh EH16 4RW. Phone: 0131 657 0655

From Graham Kitchener about the local Portobello Market which he and others run for us on an entirely voluntary basis: “It’s been a quick month, and on the 1st of February the Portobello Market returns. It’s Groundhog weekend too, which is appropriate, as that Saturday is the first of our regular fun days repeating on the first Saturday of every month for the rest of the year. We kick off with two exciting new suppliers this month: one provides hand-made knitted goods, including Merino wool, and the other is a fresh fish stall which we have worked hard to get. Of course we have all your regular favourites too with everything from bread, cheese and oils to organic meats, vegetables, soaps and crafts. We’ll have out tables and chairs out for you to sit a while with a fresh coffee and listen to the live music from Scott’s Music Band. Check out the full list of stallholders here. So, see you at 9.30am in Brighton Park, Brighton Place, Portobello. We’ll be trading away until 1.30pm and look forward to welcoming you.”

Like last year, Portobello High School parents are organising a major fundraising Cabaret Night. Please do show your support for Portobello High School and have a great night too! Tickets on sale now at the school office and at Cashbrokers’ shop on Portobello High Street for their fabulous Special soulful jazzy cabaret night. You can reserve a table with friends (or meet new ones there), enjoy a drink from the bar, and settle down for some top class entertainment ranging from the fabulous jazz band via stunning solo artists to The Nomads (winners of Edinburgh’s Battle of the Bands competition) all hosted by Mairi Campbell and Dave Francis. There will be time to talk and enjoy the atmosphere as well as being wowed (and sometimes surprised) by the acts, Portobello High School Hall is transformed into a club style venue for the night with licensed bar on Friday 7 February from 7.30pm– 10.30pm (doors open 7pm). Tickets: £8. To reserve a table for your group email This is a key fundraiser for the Parent Council to raise money for the school and was a huge success – both socially and financially – last year. Please check the Facebook site to see just how much of a difference your support can make

City of Edinburgh Council recently announced ambitious plans to become a ‘Dementia Friendly’ City. As part of this initiative, local people and local home care providers Home Instead Senior Care are working with local community leaders to create a dementia friendly community in Portobello. Starting at 3.30pm, for an hour, you will hear how local residents and businesses can help make Portobello a better place for people affected by dementia; both those who live in Portobello and those who visit Edinburgh’s Seaside. Sandra Shafii (NHS Lanarkshire’s Dementia Consultant) will tell us how Motherwell became Scotland’s first dementia friendly town. Take inspiration from what is possible as Sandra tells us about their experiences. If you would rather, drop-in any time between 4.30pm and 5.30pm to find out how you can get involved. For more details call Home Instead Senior Care on 0131 300 0599 or visit

If you are interested in improving links in Primary Care, you may find the blog about a recent event of some interest:

You have until 14 February to respond to the fire and rescue service plan consultation. Given the very scary stair fires in Portobello, perhaps you could have a lot to say and think about how to prevent them and what you would do? Still time to tell the Fire and Rescue Service what you think of Edinburgh’s own local plan. Consult closes 14th Feb. Your views are important. Click on this link and look for City of Edinburgh:

I was at the Hub in the Thistle Foundation in Craigmillar last week. Currently Wighton House is the midst of a building site off Greendykes Road at the end of Tudsbery Avenue. The facilities staff were telling me they have about 900 people coming and going all day – for courses, to the gym or for support or supervision – so parking is at a premium. The Thistle have taken up a great idea for raising funds for their charity, which involves a lot of sitting around eating cake an drinking coffee with pals. Sounds good to me. The first one, and the launch, was last week. Lemon drizzle cake to die for! There are photos, but no cake left. For details, see here:

A survey seeking people’s views on the Edinburgh’s Parks Events Manifesto is underway now until 21 March 2014. The City’s parks are home to a number of high profile festivals and events every year. These events enhance the city’s reputation, generate significant economic benefit for the region and add to Edinburgh’s cultural and community activity. However, it is also recognised that these events can impact on the parks themselves, as well as how they are used by local people and others. The Parks Events Manifesto enables the Council to assess which events take place within our parks and green spaces. It outlines how many events should take place in each park and provides the criteria to help decide if a request is suitable. As well as providing criteria tailored to those parks used most frequently for events, the document also provides a framework for a balanced events programme and aims to make sure that the quality of the land is maintained to the highest standard possible. The survey is now open for anyone who has an interest in Edinburgh’s parks. Once the survey is complete we will analyse the results and present these to the Transport and Environment Committee on 3 June 2014. Further information, including links to the current manifesto and the survey, is available at Paper copies of the survey are available by calling 0131 529 7921 or emailing

You can now apply for a Scotmid community grant using their new online form. Find it here:

A stolen bike was recovered in Portobello and is looking for its owner: Marin, silver frame, blue forks. Is it yours?

Keep your property safe by keeping it locked and out of sight if at all possible!

Best wishes


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