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Maureen Child Update 8 May 2014

Dear All

Fancy listening to some live music in Porty this month? St Mark’s Episcopal Church, on Portobello High Street nearly opposite top of Bellfield Street, is holding a series of concerts, starting on 11 May with the Edinburgh Renaissance Band. It starts at 7pm and tickets are £5, available at the door. Other concerts are on 17 May, with the Dalkeith and Monktonhall Colliery Band; 26 May with the High School cello ensemble; 31 May with Philomusica of Edinburgh and 6 June with the Honest Toun singers and Capital Ensemble. One price – £20 – to attend all and under 16s free. More details from

Portobello Toddlers Hut are fundraising for their new building. If you’re in ASDA, The Jewel do ask for your green charity tokens and put them into the Portobello Toddlers Hut box! Toddlers Hut Fundrasing Please spread the word re Porty Beach Race on Sunday 15 June, also in aid of Portobello Toddler’s Hut. Click here:

This year, Edinburgh celebrates 10 years as a Fairtrade City and are having a Fair Trade Fiesta (sponsored by Scotmid) which you are welcome to join this Saturday, 10 May. For details see: We do our bit locally too, and have done for a long time, even before Fairtrade really took off. The Just World Shop is Portobello’s Fairtrade shop selling goods purchased from partners in the developing world. They aim to alleviate poverty through trade by paying suppliers a fair price for their products and enable them to provide health and education for their families and build their way out of poverty. The shop was established in 1991 and is run by a group of volunteers drawn mainly from local churches. The shop’s turnover doubled in four years, indicating a growing awareness of Fairtrade as an effective way of tackling world poverty. Jim and Morag Baird also do a lot of work with local schools. Just World Shop is at 54 Portobello High Street Edinburgh EH 15 1DA 0131 669 8819 Opening times Mon – Friday 10 a.m-12noon; 2-4 pm and Saturday 10 am -12 noon.

Portobello Open Door’s Film Night is this Saturday at the Wash house Community Centre, Adelphi Grove. This month the film is Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (PG) 10 May at 7pm Adults: £5 Children & Concessions: £3. Tickets are now available from Popeye’s Sandwich Bar on Portobello High Street, opposite the Town Hall. To keep up to date with POD Film news and ticket information please follow Portobello Open Door on Facebook or check this website

May is National Walking Month. Everyone’s invited to the party. Click on:

To solve local mine water flooding problems the Coal Authority is going to pump the mine water into a manhole within Hunters Hall Park. Work is due to start on site next week. Permission for this was given some time ago but not taken up until now. The Coal Authority is also working to take the mine water out of the basements of Ormelie Terrace and other properties in the street by boring a hole under the Ormelie bar and the back gardens of the terraced houses there and into a drain in Morton Street. Just in case you’re wondering what those works are about!

Another major set of works to happen in that area this summer (we think) is the long-awaited widening of the Wisp, at its junction with Newcraighall Road/Niddrie Mains Road/Duddingston Park South. It was reported and discussed last night at the neighbourhood partnership environment forum and will be discussed again at next Tuesday’s Craigmillar Community Council, Hays Business Centre, 13 May at 7pm (meeting held in public and all are welcome). Just a small ‘health warning’ on the maps attached – as locals, we believe the arrows on the attached maps might be a typo and that is to be clarified by the local roads manager as he meets with the project team today. The north-bound right hand lane should be marked for right turning traffic and the left lane for straight ahead and left turn. The loss of trees here will be a concern and we made sure that the repositioned wall is to be rebuilt from the materials ether at present and would look the same. We acknowledged that a wider pavement at this stretch would be a benefit of the scheme.

I am off on holiday as of tomorrow until 22 May. My excellent Labour Group assistant, Lorna McCole – as efficient as ever – will be on the end of my phone or email But you can get in touch with her direct on 0131 529 3189 or email But no surgeries, emails, updates, reports, meetings, visits, appointments, committees, consultations, phone calls or social media for me for a while!

Best wishes