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Maureen Child Update 13 January 2014

Dear All

Happy New Year!  Just a few things – for now – to let you know about:
On Friday 3 January, residents at 12 Bath Street heard a clanking sound and saw a man evidently trying to steal two brand new bikes from the stair.  When challenged, the intruder denied he was doing anything, but he had bolt cutters with him which is a bit of a give-away.  He was followed down the stairs and chased round Mentone Avenue and on to the Prom. He is a white male with Scottish accent, about 5 ft 7in, short brown hair above the forehead, wearing a dark PVC type jacket with a grey hood and dark trousers. If you have any further information, please do phone the police on 101.

In a report coming up to the Transport Infrastructure and Environment Committee tomorrow on street cleaning performance, independently audited by Keep Scotland Beautiful, Ward 17 (Portobello and Craigmillar) received a score of 70 with 96% of streets meeting the acceptable standard of cleanliness. A total of 28 streets were surveyed, with one ‘C’ grade noted for Niddrie Marischal Drive for cigarette ends, sweet wrappers and fast food litter. East’s Environmental Wardens have continued to target irresponsible disposal of smoking litter and to work with fast food retailers to reduce littering by their customers. Although there was only one noted incident of dog fouling in this survey, Environmental Wardens continue to target dog owners who fail to pick up after their dogs. Initiatives like Clean Up Edinburgh have shown the important role the public play in making the city a better place to live and we hope the campaign will make people think twice before dropping litter.

Portobello Old Parish Church Annual Burns Supper for Christian Aid is being held in the Church Hall this coming  Saturday, 18 January at 7pm prompt. Book early as tickets go fast – price £12.50 from Ian Wilson (Tel 0131 669 5257).  The Immortal Memory will be by Jim Gilchrist, Scotsman critic and writer and local resident.

Amateur theatre group Drammie Dodgers’ annual pantomime unfortunately had to be postponed from its normal pre-Christmas slot but is going ahead next weekend. Beauty & The Beast Friday 17 January and  Saturday 18 January. Curtain up at 7pm. At Lyra Theatre, Artspace, 11 Harewood Road  Adult £3, Concessions £2, Family £8.  More information from Patricia Kerr Admin & Volunteer Support Worker Craigmillar Community Arts, 58 Newcraighall Road Edinburgh EH15 3HS, Tel. 0131 669 8432 or look at the website:

The local Wassailing Celebration is coming up and preparations are underway including a Wassail singing workshop: Wed 15 January at 7 Rosefield Ave, 7-9pm. Cost £5/£3 concessions Come and learn some songs for the community Wassailing celebration a week on Saturday. The community orchard group have collected and arranged a number of wassailing songs, and written a few new ones, and add at least one new song each year. The songs are arranged in 2, 3 and 4 part harmony, so even if you have sung some of the tunes before, it would be great if you could come so we can perfect the different parts. Please let Jane know (Tel: 0131 669 5591) if you intend to come as space is limited.  The Wassailing celebration is on Saturday 25 January 2-4pm at the Community Orchard, off Brunstane Road South just past Brunstane Station on the left on Gilberstoun. Orchard wassailing is a fun, raucous tradition that refers to drinking (and singing) the health of trees in the hope that they might better thrive. Please bring drums and other loud objects to bang and your good singing voice. All welcome! You can see some photos of the wassailing celebrations held at the orchard over the last 2 years in the orchard photo gallery on the website

PEDAL –Transition Town  AGM is on the 22 January 7.30pm – 9.30pm in St. James’ Church Hall, Rosefield Place.  For more info – see:  The AGM will have a summary of what’s happened over the past year and some of the group’s plans for next year.  Local microbiologist Dr Lorna Fyfe will give a presentation on her recent research which revealed some amazing qualities in local honey.

Michael Huddleston find out how Community Connecting is working in the local area to support people.  Do drop-in and talk to staff, volunteers and service users about how could support you or someone you know aged 65 and over to get out and about more in the local community. Tuesday 28 January, 1-4pm: East Neighbourhood Office, 101 Niddrie Mains Find out more by emailing Michael Huddleston Tel: 0131 558 3728

If you have started playing fiddle and given up, and would like to have another go and backtrack to lesson one, OR if you have never played but would like to start, then here’s your chance to give it a go. (If none of the above apply and you are interested in our improver or advanced classes then go to ) New term starts 16th January 2014 Refreshers and Beginners Fiddle Class for 10 weeks, starting from Thursday 16 January 2014 at 6.30pm at The Wash House (Portobello Community Centre), Adelphi Grove, EH15, Portobello, Edinburgh. Fee – £90, (£80 concession). Let us know if you would be interested in coming along, or any other enquiries, by emailing us as soon as possible on

A date for your diary: Dementia Friendly Portobello launch event will be on 3 Feb, Portobello Library, 3.30pm – 5.30pm.  See link at

A couple of local people have asked me what is happening at the site next door to the Craigmillar Police station.  The day centre and janitor’s house was demolished at 157 Duddingston Road West.  Contractors for the Council are building of new day care and respite facility for people with disabilities. The plans can be seem at this link:

Find out what a bit more about what is happening on the Edinburgh planning front, click on this link.

To recycle your real Christmas tree you have a number of options.  Christmas trees can be recycled at any of the three Community Recycling Centres. If you have a brown bin or live in a brown bin area, please place your tree at the kerbside, next to your bin, by 6am on your next garden waste day. Collection days can be checked by entering an address or by postcode at We will also be collecting trees from communal bin areas during January. Please see below for dates in your area: East – Tuesday 14 (tomorrow) and 21 January.

I hope you have a good week.

Best wishes


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