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Maureen Child Update 27 May 2016

Dear All

Do you want to take part in Art Walk Porty this year from 2-4 September? Local artists and makers are now invited to apply. There are opportunities for site specific art, open studios, local shop pop-ups or the Arts Market being held at the Dalriada. Five small artist awards are available to help with the cost of installation of site specific works. Please visit their website: for more details about applying. The deadline is Sunday 5 June. 

Don’t forget the ‘Figgy Do’ tomorrow Saturday 28 May 1pm- 4pm with fun for all the family in Figgate Park, run by the great Friends of the Park Group there.  Stay away, Rain!

It’s the season to start celebrating and getting together outdoors.   Brighton and Rosefield Residents Association are holding a Big Lunch and social get-together on Sunday 5 June in Brighton Park and Bellfield Street are holding a Big Lunch on 19 June.  I hope the sun comes out for them too!

The 338th monthly meeting of Portobello Community Council will be held on Monday 30 May  at 7:30 pm in Portobello Baptist Church Hall, 185 Portobello High Street. Meetings are open to the public and all are welcome. More here about what will be discussed then:

Portobello Community Council is consulting on the planning application for the George Bingo in Bath Street.  It’s a request for demolition of the existing listed bingo hall, erection of a residential redevelopment comprising 21 flatted dwellings including associated parking / garaging and garden grounds at 14 Bath Street.

The building, dating from 1938, was constructed in the Art Deco style and was formerly the County Cinema and then the George Cinema. Full details are now available on the planning portal:  And more here:

Appropriate names are needed for the new development at Newcraighall.  There are likely to be 15 new streets formed there, which all require new names.  Unfortunately, there are very few suggestions left in the street name bank for this area of the city. Most of these are more suitable for Niddrie, Craigmillar and Greendykes and many of those already ‘in the bank’ were suggested by local people.  If you have any new suggestions for new names, or you have any contacts who would like to nominate a name, please do let me know.  The Council’s street naming officer will continue to research the area to try and find suggestions to be put forward for consideration.  Any name suggested would have to comply with the criteria laid out in the Statutory Addressing Charter.  Link here:

Some exciting events are coming up at Bridgend Farmhouse, Old Dalkeith Road on the edge of Craigmillar Country Park.  BIG (Bridgend Inspiring Growth) Open Day and AGM June 5 from 11am to 4.30pm. This will include: drop-in work on site from 11am-3pm; birdsong and guided walk in Craigmillar woods at 12 noon; tile engraving; bench restoration; tours of the farmhouse and site; BIG Lunch at 2pm; AGM from 3-4.30pm with chance to join the committee. And the weekly Sunday drop-in continues as usual, every Sunday from 11-3pm. Much more here:

The National Trust for Scotland property Newhailes House is on our doorstep and has lots of events and things happening, including regular and special tours and sometimes outdoor theatre. Full details here:  Upcoming events post here:

The Garden Globe Project – the fabulous community garden at the Jack Kane Centre is having a ‘Get the Garden Ready Day’ tomorrow (Saturday 28 May).  Lots of planning and growing happening there, and the fund starts on Saturday at 10am.  Everybody welcome to pop in for a look or a sit down any time, whether there is an event on or not.  Some pictures here:

Fresh Start’s fantastic Helping Hands community garden in Craigmillar is on the look-out for new volunteers. If you have some spare time on a Monday or Wednesday afternoon and want to get involved, meet new people and grow healthy food, contact Steph at

There’s a demo meeting of a proposed new public speaking club run by Toastmasters International in Portobello  on Wednesday, 22 June  from 19:15 to 21:30 at the Dalriada – 77 Promenade, EH15 2EL. Toastmasters clubs transform lives by helping people gain confidence and boost public speaking and leadership skills. The initial meeting is free and as Toastmasters is a not for profit organisation, membership rates are kept low to cover training materials and room hire. Book your place at

Portobello Timebank had a open day at Tribe Porty last Saturday and I was able to go along, learn a bit about book binding and came away with two chilli seedlings – which are still alive.  Monthly timebank orientation evenings are now running where members and interested parties come along, find out how to use the website, and meet timebank members. They show you how to log a request, post an offer, record your transactions and give feedback. This will give you the tools to start exchanging between your neighbours and get jobs done. Meetings usually fall on the second Thursday of the month, in the Dalriada at 7:30pm, meetings will be confirmed on the facebook site and via email to all members. More here:

A head up that the spectacle of beach volleyball is back soon:  Scottish Beach Volleyball Tour 2016 is at Portobello Beach on 18 and 19 June.

Details of new grants for community organisations through Comic Relief:

Portobello Market is on Saturday 4 June. Gates open at Brighton Park, Brighton Place, Portobello, 9.30am, and we run until 1.30pm. For a full list of the traders attending see the PEDAL website:

Date for your diary: Portobello Amenity Society’s AGM is 30 June in the Baptist Church Hall at 7.30 p.m.  Den Mather of the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club will give an illustrated talk on Changes in our local bird life – Portobello’s Coast and Gardens.  All welcome – including those who might want to join as Members of PAS at just £5 per household.

Child poverty awareness training is to take place at all Edinburgh schools after a successful pilot run by the City of Edinburgh Council. ‘1 in 5: Raising Awareness of Child Poverty in Edinburgh’ proved so successful it has ‘changed the culture’ of some of the six pilot schools. The project took place in five primaries and one high school, working with staff, pupils and parents to raise awareness of the scale, causes and impacts of child poverty. It also challenged poverty-related stigma and looked into what practical actions could be taken by schools to make school more affordable for families on low incomes. The report makes key recommendations relating to school uniforms, food/drink, school trips, events, raising awareness and curriculum.  You can find out more at Item 7.10 on the link to the papers.   It gives all the detail and other things discussed at the Council’s Education, Children and Families Committee this week that might be of interest:

Have a great weekend, whatever the weather!

Best wishes


P.S. Don’t forget!if you can and want to – please do sponsor my Forth Rail Bridge charity abseil in aid of the fabulous caring Thistle Foundation who help people find the strength and inspiration to do things they may never have dreamt they could do.  This matters to me.  I take the plunge, vertigo or no vertigo, just two weeks on Sunday!  Click here: 


Councillor Maureen Child | Labour Elected Member | Portobello/Craigmillar (Ward 17) | City of Edinburgh Council | City Chambers | High Street | Edinburgh | EH1 1YJ | Tel 0131 529 3268 | Mobile 07718 666 481| Twitter @MaureenChild1

p.p.s. My face-to-face Councillor Advice Sessions, or ‘Surgeries’, are usually every Monday at 5.30 pm in Castleview Community Centre, 76 Craigmillar Castle Avenue (Phone 661 4064) and then at 7 pm in Portobello Library, 14 Rosefield Avenue (Phone 529 5558).  Now also at Craigmillar Library, 101 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4DT, 1st Wednesday of the month, drop-in session 5pm-5.30pm, thereafter by appointment only up until 7.30pm. Please phone me on Direct Line 0131 529 3268 or Mobile 07718 666 481, or email to check availability, make an appointment or request a home visit.