Councillor Maureen Child blogs


Dear All

Portobello’s Sixth Apple Day is tomorrowSaturday 24 October, 2-4.30 pm at the community orchard, Brunstane Road South, just opposite the entrance to Brunstane.  Apple Day is run by PEDAL – Portobello Transition Town. They will be pressing apples to make juice so please bring along some apples if you can and an empty bottle so you can take some home with you. You’ll be tasting some apples you may never have heard of and picking the crab apples that are just ripening.  There will also be tea, coffee and home baking and sales of local apple juice, jam and chutney.  There will be a fire to keep us all warm and for your entertainment there will be games and music.  PEDAL hope you will come along and join in for an afternoon of fun at this celebration of nature’s abundance.

With a bit of help from the Council for starters, the hyper-local Chronicle Online is getting going again, on line and in social media for now.  We want to make it sustainable, so any help anyone can give, please do join in and help. More here:  There is a session tomorrow

24 October from 10:00 to 14:00 at The White House Niddrie Mains Road with the development team – Phyllis, Peter and Jennifer. 30 October from 10:00 to 18:00 at The White House Niddrie Mains Road a Chronicle Day – a drop in day to see what the site looks like and work out a programme to take it forward. There will be cake to celebrate our achievements! Everyone is welcome to come to all or any of the events. Do just drop in for half an hour if that is all the time you have. The team will be very glad to see you!

The Helping Hands project is based in Craigmillar and is run by Fresh Start in conjunction with Castle Rock Edinvar. They deliver a range of social and practical services to adults who have a history of homelessness, and those who are socially isolated. Their services include a cooking class, a community growing space and a decorating service. They are currently looking to recruit volunteers to help provide of a decorating service and a community growing space.  Contact: Emily Arthur, Project Worker, Fresh Start, The Hays Business Centre, 4 Hay Avenue, EH16 4AQ Mobile: 07464 541 796. More here:

Take part in the Edinburgh Budget Challenge! Share your views on Council spending and  services using the online tools: More here:

Thinking about enrolling your child in P1 at the fabulous Brunstane Primary School for August 2016? Do go along to their Open Day on Wednesday 4 November. More here:

There is an adventure play park being proposed for Magdalene Glen. Please use the link here to give feedback.

Lots of updates to Castlebrae Community High School website. Visit for all the latest news.

Portobello for Young People! Portobello Community Council (PCC) have been working with Edinburgh Council’s Community Learning and Development team to gather views on services for young people in the area. There’s an opportunity to hear the results of that research and discuss how services and facilities for 10 to 17-year-olds can be shaped or improved in future.  Monday 30 November 19:30-21:15 at Portobello High School.  Entrance is FREE, but please do register so PCC know how many to expect. All welcome! Please Register

Links Community and Redeeming Our Communities (Scotland) have put out an invitation to participate in a ‘ROC Conversation’, a community discussion and networking event in Craigmillar. ROC Conversations bring together service providers, service users and local people to share good practice as well as identifying gaps, and to consider how to work and share more effectively. Links has been working in Craigmillar over the past year, and want to better connect with other voluntary and statutory agencies in the community. The event is on Thursday 29 October, at Craigmillar Library 2pm – 4pm with refreshments available from 1.45pm. You can register your attendance by registering at

Do you live with diabetes and sometimes feel that you’d like to talk to other people who understand what it’s like?  The Craigmillar Diabetes Peer Support Group meets once a month in the Library to talk about diabetes, hear guest speakers and get information and practical hints and tips on living with the condition.  Please do go along and share your experiences. The next meeting will be on Saturday, 7th November at 10:15 in the Front East room, Craigmillar Library.

New funding for community greenspaces – applications open now.  Communities will soon be able to apply for up to £12,000 for local greenspace projects through a new grant scheme being funded by the ‘plastic bag tax’. There are likely to be two funding rounds a year for the next three years. The first funding round opened on 19 October 2015 and will close on 30 November 2015. The scheme is open to community groups, charities and some public sector organisations and will fund capital improvement projects such as parks, play areas, community gardens and other greenspaces. The scheme is managed by environmental charity Groundwork, working in Scotland with Greenspace Scotland.

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Believe it or not, there’s a Poetry Map of Scotland, and poem no 219 is about Portobello.  See here:

A special service at the start of October at the Robin Chapel, in Craigmillar, when the Sovereign’s Standard of the Blues and Royals was laid up in the Chapel. The Robin Chapel was built in memory of Robin Tudsbery, who was a 25-year old Lieutenant in the Royal Horse Guards (The Blues) when he was killed in action in the last days of the Second World War. Photographs of the event via this link –

The fundamental purpose of Twende Pamoja is to develop a global vision through forming relationships between communities and young people of different ages.

Makutano is a growing network of relationships bringing together people who seek to develop and bring about a vision of life as it could be. There are over 50 Scottish and Tanzanian young adults presently involved. The group includes young people of different Christian denominations, young Muslims and people with no religious beliefs or connections. A group of young African Americans from New Orleans and some young people in West Bengal are about to connect.

There will be a meeting for any young adults in the 16 to late 20’s age group in St John’s Church Hall, Brighton Place, Portobello this Sunday (25 October) at 7.00pm.  This is for anyone who may be interested in finding out more about what is developing and different ways of being involved – from taking part in occasional discussions to being involved with ICT developments, enterprise activities and arts projects. In 2016 there will also opportunities to travel abroad, help with workshops in primary schools and climb Kilimanjaro. If you would like to know more you would be most welcome to come along on Sunday evening whether you have previously been involved in any way or not, as would any of your friends. More here: www.twendepamojatrust.blogspot.comFacebook  Makutano ScoTz;

New exhibition of art at The Skylark 241/243 Portobello High Street, EH15 2AW. More here:

In case you missed it, here’s the Famous Two, a crime fighting brother and sister who foiled a break-in in Portobello:

Nice photo of Terry and Kirstin who run The Little Green Van on the Promenade at the foot of Bellfield Street:

Lovely chalkboard for the new Portobello Hardware store by Steve Lavender:

The latest Clean Up Scotland newsletter is available here: If you have any stories or pictures which you would like to feature in their next newsletter please do not hesitate to send them in

I hope you have a good weekend!

Best wishes


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

p.s. My face-to-face Councillor Advice Sessions, or ‘Surgeries’, are usually every Monday at 5.30 pm in Castleview Community Centre, 76 Craigmillar Castle Avenue (Phone 661 4064) and then at 7 pm in Portobello Library, 14 Rosefield Avenue (Phone 529 5558).  Now also at Craigmillar Library, 101 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4DT, 1st Wednesday of the month, drop-in session 5pm-5.30pm, thereafter by appointment only up until 7.30pm. Please phone me on Direct Line 0131 529 3268 or Mobile 07718 666 481, or email to check availability, make an appointment or request a home visit.

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