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Maureen Child Update 16 August 2018

Posted on: August 16th, 2018

Dear All


The Health Opportunities Team, aka HOT, is having a summer BBQ tomorrow, Friday 17 August from 1:30-3:30pm. It’s a community event so hopefully they will get people along who maybe were previously unaware of HOT.  Not me, sadly as I have another commitment that I cannot skive!


I don’t know how it happened, because I usually just cut and past, but the Musselburgh Horticultural Show is not this weekend but next, Saturday 25 August, Brunton Hall starting 1pm.  Enjoy!


I am very much looking forward to going to see the Friends of Seaview Garden who are having an Open Day on Saturday 29 September 12noon to 3pm in their garden at 1 Bingham Avenue.  The £1 admission includes refreshments. Those living in Joppa may well remember this children’s respite facility being in Seaview Terrace but it moved to a fabulous new purpose built unit at Bingham a few years back.  Further details from laura.nason.gardener@hotmail.com phone Laura on 0131 669 7490.


What’s happening at this year’s Portobello ArtWalk?  Time to find out!  Click here: https://mailchi.mp/46f9ab45c3c1/were-getting-ready-1710649


My part of the Portobello/Craigmillar Councillors’ Thistle Kiltwalk walking training fell off a bit after a very tiring 11.7 miles in one day dose last week.  But I have for the ‘Life is for Living’ T shirt, the relatively new comfy walking shoes that have taken me an average of 3-4 miles a day and I have ordered the hire of a tartan skirt for Iain Cook in Top Hat on Portobello High Street.  The outfit was to be tartan leggings, but at my age – maybe not! If you want to sponsor me do feel free!  Link to my page here: https://edinburghkiltwalk2018.everydayhero.com/uk/maureen-4


The amazing David Calder has been busy doing Porty Podcasts all summer and has amassed a fair few more.  Next one might well be about Fun Fiddle, but here’s a link to BG Cycles.  https://www.buzzsprout.com/71622/772746-88-bg-cycles. You can access the whole archive with many hours of happy listening available. 


Porty Podcasts will be one of the many things we should be sure to keep for future generations.  We’re all creating history day by day.  Edinburgh City Archives want to get a sense of how people want to engage with the city’s archives.  What should they be collecting about the city today for access in the future ? This is a discussion for anyone with an interest in Edinburgh’s history and archives. The consultation last until Friday 26 October. Links are : Consultation hub –  http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/archivesurvey. Campaign website – http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/edinburghremembers


I picked this up and forgot to share it with you last week, about Gail Porter’s experience of growing up in Portobello. https://www.scottishfield.co.uk/culture/film-tv/why-gail-porters-heart-still-belongs-to-portobello/


I sent you a link last week to the consultation on Community Planning in Edinburgh.  It is dry sounding subject, but important to find out about it and take part.  Here’s one view of why it is so important from the Chair of Edinburgh Compact, the City’s strategic partnership with the voluntary sector. https://www.edinburghcompact.org.uk/read-jan-bert-van-den-bergs-thoughts-on-the-community-planning-review/?platform=hootsuite. The link to the consultation – again – is here. https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/bi/edinburgh-partnership-review-and-consultation-of-g/


The four of us Team Portobello/Craigmillar Councillors worked together preparing, planning and publicising the Bingham Community Centre AGM, alongside Council officers.  We are all determined to have a fully functioning voluntary management committee and get the building buzzing full of activity again. We got a really great attendance a good 30-40 people and 14 put themselves forward for 10 Committee places.  All were keen to volunteer and help make this work properly. The Committee will meet in the next couple of weeks to elect office bearers, work on their updated constitution and take the Centre forward.  Fingers crossed!


I am SO looking forward to Portobello Village Show again this year, run by local charity Portobello Open Door (POD)  in Rosefield Park and many local volunteers.  Lots of stalls and competitions including ,How Many Things In a Matchbox?’ and ‘The Longest and Heaviest Fruit’.  Who can resists?  Entire to be brought to Rosefiedl Park between 12.30pm and 2.15pm for judging.  Full detail the POD website: http://www.the-pod.org/


Have a great weekend when it comes!




Councillor Maureen Child

Labour Councillor Portobello/Craigmillar Ward

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