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Maureen Child Update 6 June 2014

Dear All

Just a few things to tell you for now:

Craigmillar Books for Babies has been selected as one of 3 projects to receive support from John Lewis through its Community Matters Scheme. Over the next coming weeks there will be a collection point in the Place to Eat café in John Lewis where customers can give tokens to the project they wish to support. The project will be given a donation based on the number of tokens received. The donation will be used to produce a booklet of nursery rhymes which will be gifted to every family with a child under the age of 4 living in Craigmillar, Niddrie, Magdalene and Bingham. Please spread the word and if you get a chance to visit the Place to Eat café your support will be greatly appreciated!

The next Portobello Market is tomorrow, Saturday 7 June opening 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 listen to live music from the Caleerie Buskers and face painting. There are 27 traders – 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.

Again, on tomorrow, The Velvet Easel, Portobello High Street is having a Celebration of Summer Exhibition. Join them at the opening of our on Saturday 7 June between 10am and 5pm – sparkling wine and nibbles will be served throughout the day.

From a local resident: “To all dog walkers/owners who use Joppa Quarry Park – the bins have not been emptied recently and have filled to literally overflowing. We use this park with our dogs a couple of times every day and lately have been taking our poo bags home rather than add to the problem. However, this morning I had had enough and went over with bin bags and rubber gloves and half filled a big bag with the poo bags left on the top of and by the sides of each bin. I have now left rubbish bags at each bin and will call the Council, but please, please, please take your poo bags home and put in YOUR bin if you can. I don’t want to be the one who always has to clear up when the bins don’t get emptied, this is not the first time I’ve done this, and I would truly welcome your help in keeping the park as clean as possible if the bins are not emptied!! Thank you.”
Probably safe to say the same applies to every park and open space!

As you will know, Portobello Community Council did an extensive survey of people’s views on the use of the Portobello beach for dog walking See here: A report is now on the website:
Fancy taking part in a Fringe show on Porty Beach this August? Volunteers needed, see…

Craigmillar Town Centre Masterplan PARC is holding open day about this next Wednesday 11 June. More detail here:

So what area do you call home? This is the question that the City of Edinburgh Council is asking in a bid to help define the city’s natural neighbourhoods. Residents can identify their local neighbourhood through a quick survey. Anyone taking part will be put forward for the chance to win from a selection of prints of beautiful old maps of Edinburgh from Our Town Stories, and can also try their hand at a fun Auld Reekie heritage quiz. The replies will inform consultations such as an ongoing review of Council wards, and the Scottish Government’s consultation on data zones. They should help services to identify areas that are meaningful to the people who live there. For example, if a service involves home visits, in most cases it would make sense to ensure that each neighbourhood is served by a single team.

Have a good weekend!