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Maureen Child Update 28 September 2017

Dear All


It was a perfect day last Saturday on Portobello Promenade for the Richmond’s Hope Mile of Memories event.  The local charity do wonderful work with children who have suffered the loss of a close relative or friend.  They are based where they were founded, by local people, in Richmond Church in the heart of Craigmillar and were featured the night before in STV.  Listen here and marvel at the work they do! :


Portobello’s very own Bellfield Crowdfunder is closing tomorrow and we have already raised over £10,000.  We really appreciate all the support so far, but could use more help. While we do get to keep all the money donated, even if we don’t hit our target, every pound we raise will help us with our work.  You can donate to the Crowdfunder here: Any amount is helpful, no matter how large or small, and if you can’t donate anything, or already have donated, please do share it  widely with friends, family, and on social media. To achieve our funding goal we need to reach as many people as possible who want to support this community hub.


The smell and feel of Autumn is in the air, the trees are turning, and to add even more colour to your life the next Portobello Market is on Saturday 7 October a week on Saturday. The market is held in Brighton Park, Brighton Place, Portobello, from 9.30am to 1.30am. Check out the PEDAL website link below to see the full list of the traders attending. Please Like & Share our Facebook page, PortyMarket. Next market is on Saturday 4th November.  More here:


‘Recitals for Wrigglers’ is coming to TribePorty, Windsor Place on 23 October with a Halloween themed concert. If you have wee bairns go nalong and enjoy a short informal concert (violin and cello) with interactive music making.  It will be fun for the whole family! You can reserve tickets by emailing:


Towerbank Primary put up their regular weekly newsletter on social media too and it’s lovely to see and hear about all their great learning experiences and achievements for. The children themselves.  Here’s one:


Every Friday and Saturday at 2pm. Craigmillar Library welcome all children for an hour of craft.  It’s suitable for 5-10 years, but please remember under 8′s must be accompanied by a parent/carer over 12.


Our local credit union Castle Community Bank (CCB) has sponsored Newcraighall’s community football club. The nearest branch of CCB is in Craigmillar, just opposite Craigmillar Library.  But you can also find out all about CCB on line:


Craigmillar Community Cinema has a programme set up for the next three months at Craigmillar Library with monthly free film screenings for children on Saturday and for ages 15 and over on Wednesdays.  For more information and to sign up, contact or phone Dani on 07909 257 415.  Facebook @connectingcraigmillar


John Muir Family Forest Activities start in Craigmillar Castle Park on Mondays, starting 23 October form 3.30pm to 5.30pm.  If you would like to know more, please contact Ben McCallum 07824 838 364.


Have you picked up your tickets for Portobello Book Festival (6-8 October) yet?  Not long to go, and all events are free, but you do need to get your tickets from Portobello Library.  More at


On the King’s Place parked caravans issue, regular police and Council environmental warden patrols has resulted in a notice being issued that this is an ‘unauthorised encampment’ and the notice will be enforced.  These warning notices have reduced the number of caravans parked there.


Portobello community police officers are out and about regularly and they also report monthly to Portobello Community Council. PC Matt McPherson is the primary contact for Portobello.  This month, our community cops are focussing again on deterring and catching bike thieves, in which they have had some success. The number to call about any issue is 101 and Matt can be emailed on The community police will also hold a consultation session in Portobello Library on Friday 29 September and are keen to visit and talk to residents groups on request.


The community police, covering the Craigmillar part of the Ward, also regularly report to the Craigmillar Community Council, which is held on the second Tuesday in the month, 7pm at The White House Kitchen (red room at the back).  They too can be contacted on 101 about any local concerns.


There was recent arrest for doorstep crime in the Northfield area and to prevent this kind of crime we do need to be vigilant, for ourselves and neighbours.  These people prey on the most vulnerable.  Let’s beat doorstep crime, looking after friends, family and those in need of help by being a nominated neighbour. More info here:


Last Friday, I attended a great ‘graduation’ event organised by the Recruitment and Skills team at Fort Kinnaird.  Fifteen lovely positive young people had finished an amazing Bright Light course in retail and were now starting out in their careers, having succeeded at interview.  They were all brim full of a level of confidence they had not felt at all at the start of the course. Fantastic local partnership working!


Lastly, Castlebrae Community High School have put together a fantastic prospectus for their fabulous school.  Read and learn how really great this Craigmillar school community is!


Have a great weekend when it comes!



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