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Maureen Child Update 8 June 2018

Posted on: June 8th, 2018

Dear All


Portobello Timebank’s Members are now over 130 strong and can do lots of things.  They can help in your home or garden, take you shopping or knit you baby clothes, feed your cat or walk your dog, set up your I-pad or teach you sign language. What could you do, if you were a Timebank Member and what help could you use?  Find out more: http://www.portobellotimebank.co.uk/


The Timebank’s next Community Chat Café is on 19 June at The Jaffle Joint, 11am – noon. All are welcome. The Timebank Takeover of Portobello Parkrun tomorrow, Saturday 9 June. The Bellfield opening and Timebank Repair Cafe are Saturday 23 June. Lots of opportunities to showcase Timebank skills and to join the team!


Yes, Bellfield is re-opening and it’s time to party! Join us to celebrate the return of Bellfield as a community resource for Portobello on Saturday 23 June 2018. Starting in the afternoon, there will be lots going on from piping, folk singing and story-telling, to have-a-go Capoeira and dancing sessions. The afternoon event is free and open to all ages – just drop by. In the evening we’ll dim the lights and enjoy a rich spread of cabaret acts, including Dance Ihayami, Spanish/Scottish music collective Gallo Rojo, comic Keir McAllister and Edinburgh’s Russian Choir. The Skylark Portobello will be running the bar, and Smokin’ Bros BBQ will be roasting up a BBQ feast.  Tickets for the Cabaret are £12 (£6 concessions) and available in person from The Skylark or Cove on Portobello High St, or online at Brown Paper Tickets (online booking fee applies).  To see the full line-up, visit the Action Porty website: https://www.bellfield.scot/


Portobello Open Door (POD) AGM will be held at the newly re-opened Bellfield on Monday 25 June at 7.30pm. Afterwards it will be followed by a short meeting to discuss the Portobello Village Show.  All are welcome.


Portobello High School is having their Learning Festival tomorrow with 200 participants signed up for the day,  Here is an article in TES by Head Teacher Ruth McKay about it:



On Saturday June 23 , Rowporty are holding an inter club rowing regatta with boats from Arran, Musselburgh, Port Seton, St Andrews, Eastern , Dunbar, North Berwick, Kinghorn, Newhaven and Queensferry. Maybe next year the skiff in progress at Castlebrae Community High School will be ready to row!


Carr Gomm have a set of three Mindfulness taster sessions starting Friday 15 June, 11am at The White House, 70 Niddrie Mains Road. There’s a free lunch for participants afterwards. These sessions are for anyone interested in Mindfulness or wanting to try it. No experience is needed and you don’t have to attend all sessions. Bring someone for support if you need to. People don’t have to book in, but it would be good to have an idea of numbers, so contact Helena Richards, Edinburgh Community Projects Manager. Tel: 07920 267564


Ten young People from Craigmillar are involved in a project called ‘Codename F’ at The Edinburgh International Book Festival this year.  Find out more here: 



Huge congratulations to Malcolm Scullion who has been awarded the Lord Provost’s  Inspiring Volunteer of 2018 at the Volunteer Edinburgh Awards ceremony this week.  Very well deserved indeed!  More about Malcolm great achievements here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8zOALVhpKk


Between the weeks of 2-6 July and 23-27 July, Joppa Tennis will be running their annual summer camps for juniors at Joppa Community Tennis Club. If you’re interested, all information is on their website linked below. Limited spaces remaining, os there might be a waiting list.  The Club also have a session for adults who want to get back into the game again on June 16. More about their coaching here: https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/JoppaTennisClub/Coaching


The Scottish Government has announced the latest round of the Community Choices Fund, giving community organisations and community councils an opportunity to run their own participatory budgeting (PB) events. With £750,000 available, groups can apply for £20,000 – £100,000 to disperse using PB, as well as for support costs to help run the process. Community-led, small grants events have shown to be a vital element of PB, bringing local people together to make better decisions for their communities. Link here: https://beta.gov.scot/publications/community-choices-fund-guidance-and-application-forms/


We Councillors have received correspondence on the longstanding and very vexed question of reconstruction and replacing the setts on Brighton Place. There are three main issues in the correspondence:


           One group want the works put on hold and look again at asphalt due to costs and disruption

           Another group want the sett replacement to start as soon as possible

           The width of the flat top setts proposed for the edges


A cost estimate for an asphalt construction is currently being worked on by a designer.  Whatever the outcome of all this, the disruption to all our local lives will be huge and we need to work together on ways of mitigating the impact, however many months or weeks it takes.


It was fantastic to be invited to The White House, Craigmillar for the launch of Castlebrae Community High School nurture group The Castle Kids’ CD “Just Be You” written, composed and performed live by an amazing group of young people with Drake Music Scotland.  They had already performed live to 400 people at the Queens Hall and the school prize giving on Tuesday, so they are now seasoned performers. So proud of them!


I had a great time at Portobello High School last Sunday watching a bit of basketball played.  Thank you to the Club for their hospitality!  As well as playing at the highest level, the Club develops our youngsters at all levels and grows the game from the grass roots.  More about what playing basketball offers our youngsters here:  http://basketballscotland.co.uk/2018/06/06/kirsten-simpsons-story/


Have a good weekend!




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