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Maureen Child Update 28 March 2014

Dear All

Film Showing tomorrow afternoon in Portobello: ‘Taking Root – The Vision of Wangari Maathai’ Saturday 29 March 4pm – 6.30pm Entry: £5 for adults (under 15 years free) Venue – Portobello Baptist Church Café, 189 Portobello High Street, Portobello, Edinburgh, EH15 1EU. Tea and cakes will be provided – donations welcome. Fundraising for the green movement founded by Wangari Maathai, an organisation that empowers communities, particularly women, to conserve the environment and improve quality of life for all. Film Trailer: http://www.greenbeltmovement.org/wangari-maathai/taking-root-documentary

Our local Neighbourhood Partnership is consulting local people on the priorities for the next Local Community Plan – we’d be grateful if you took a few minutes to compete this short survey online. Portobello/Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership is about this kind of thing and is not the Council acting all on its own: www.edinburghnp.org.uk/neighbourhood-partnerships/portobello-and-craigmillar . We want your views on priorities for the local area what we should be working on together. Please fill in the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PCLCP2014 You can leave any question blank if you want to, but do have your say and tell us your priorities.

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Our Get On Line IT labs at Craigmillar Library are now full on Tuesday and Friday, but phone Kenny 0131 469 3615 to book your or a friends one to one session.

Craigmillar Literacy Trust is holding a Quiz Night on Friday April 11 at 7pm Cuddie Brae, Newcraighall. Just come along. Free entry for teams of three. A light-hearted look at literature. No heavy duty questions. Lovely Prizes For further info – Sylvia Gorman, Secretary, Craigmillar Literacy Trust, 0131 661 1282

The next Portobello Market is on Saturday 5th April. Graham Kitchener says: “It’s our Easter market, so though Easter this year is on Sunday 20 April, but if you want to get a head start, then come along on the 5th April. This is sure to be a bumper market. Not only have we got an Easter egg hunt for the kids, but the Edinburgh International Science Festival’s street science busking bikes is coming to the market. It’s an official venue for them so it’s sure to have a great buzz about the day. We open at 9.30 am and run until 1.30pm. There’s tables and chairs out for you to sit a while and maybe munch some goodies from the market, and we’ll have live music from the Caleerie Buskers. There are 27 stalls schedule to be trading, the most we’ve had in the last 12 months, so even more to choose from. So many it’s impossible to name them all here, but there’s everything from handmade soaps, plants, garden furniture and crafts, organic mutton, cheese, condiments, oils, bread to jams, fresh fish, dog treats and African vegetarian goodies! With five traders returning this month and two new ones you’ll be spoilt for choice. Check out the website for further details of all the stallholders. See you there, Brighton Park, 9.30am, Saturday 5th April.”

This is the second year of “The Trad Affair”. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland BA Scottish Music course are giving a concert at Duddingston Kirk on Tues 1 April at 7pm, ticket £5 on the door or phone 0131 657 3306. Should be good and includes a Portobello lass!

The next stage in making Portobello a dementia friendly community is to start talking to local groups and businesses individually. We’ll explain to them what a dementia friendly community is and then explore how they might be able to do their bit. We need a few volunteers to help do this. Teresa (Alzheimer Scotland’s Dementia Advisor for Edinburgh) and Home Instead will give us volunteers all the training and support we need. 23 April, 6:30pm to 8pm, at a local venue is pencilled in for initial training. We’re not looking for experts, just people who want to make a difference and committed to speak to half a dozen local groups or businesses during the month of May and deliver some leaflets. Anyone who would like to sign up, or find out more can email Andrew Senew [andrew.senew@homeinstead.co.uk] or call Andrew on 0131 300 0598.

Musselburgh Horticultural Society plant sale is being held on Saturday 3 May this year from 10 am until 12 noon in The Hollies Day Centre in High Street, Musselburgh. All welcome. Entrance is £2 but that includes tea or coffee and a slice of cake.

Best wishes and have a good weekend!

Maureen