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Maureen Child Update 24 August 2018

Posted on: August 24th, 2018

Dear All


Portobello’s Big Beach Busk is tomorrow, Saturday afternoon 25 August and we have high hopes for good weather.  In this this week’s Porty Podcast, David Calder interviews Big Beach Busk founder Paul Lambie https://www.buzzsprout.com/71622/783567-90-the-big-busk


The Friends of the Promenade will be at the Big Beach Busk at the foot of John Street, from the start at 12noon until 3pm, or when the home-baking sells out. Donations to their funds will be very welcome, as will your views on possible Promenade improvements.  At the Friends next meeting they will be hearing from the new MyBeachYourBeach campaign, which have given us the new litter bin vinyls. They have lots of other things planned they would like input on, so do please come along if you want to be part of the Friends Group! The meeting is Wednesday 29 August, 8pm in Bellfield.


Another regular feature of the Busk annual sandcastle competition.  It featured in the Edinburgh Evening News this year.  It’s happening a bit earlier than normal to fit with the tide.  Click here:   https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/entertainment/portobello-s-sandcastle-competition-returns-1-4787509


‘Souvenir’ is a growing community-making exhibition at Bellfield (https://www.bellfield.scot/) involving the postcard form, paper making and memories of visiting and living in Porty.  These making workshops take inspiration from the holiday tradition and history of sending postcards back home. Come and share your particular memory and experience whilst making paper and/or postcard to a (lost) or (found) Portobello. Stories connect people and place, record the language we use, explore the things we keep and the memories we make and will become part of a growing exhibition of souvenirs for Portobello. Workshops are at Bellfield both Fridays of the Art Walk (31 Aug and 7 Sept 2-4pm) and on an Art Cart on the Prom both weekends (11am-5pm). Come and join in some participatory art making, supported by the Edinburgh Shoreline project. http://edinburghshoreline.org.uk/


The full programme. for next week’s start of ArtWalk Porty 2018, is here: https://www.artwalkporty.co.uk/


Wanting to play netball but feel you couldn’t keep up with the pace? Then walking netball is for you! Get down to Jack Kane on Thursdays from 10:30-11:30, tea and coffee available afterwards. Cost is £2 per player.


The major issue in my email inbox this week has been the proposal by Edinburgh Leisure, suddenly sprung on Portobello golfers, to close their golf course at the end of September (2018!) with a view to removing three of the holes and introducing new activities only loosely connected to golf.  The Golf Clubs based there have long taken the view that their local golf course is not adequately promoted by Edinburgh Leisure and they would be up for helping find solutions to that.  I am pleased to say that Councillors have made crystal clear that no change or closure could be contemplated until full and proper consultation takes place, not least with those who currently use it and have plenty of their own ideas to put into the mix.  This is one of the topics to be discussed at Portobello Community Council on Monday evening.  Click here: http://www.portobellocc.org/pccpn/2018/08/20/36th-agm-minutes-359th-meeting-draft-minutes-and-360th-meetingagenda/


City Plan 2030 – NE of Edinburgh Community Workshop –  Monday 24 September 2018 You are invited to join the City Plan team for a community engagement workshop. At the workshop we will be asking you for your thoughts on planning policy and the potential for new development in your community up to 2030.  Your suggestions and comments will be used to help prepare the next local development plan for Edinburgh. Date: Monday 24 September 2018. Time: 5.30pm – 7pm, registration and light refreshments from 5.15pm. Venue: Northfield and Willowbrae Community Centre, 10 Northfield Road, Edinburgh, EH8 Deadline for booking a place: Wednesday 19 September 2018. If you would like to participate, please book your place by contacting the City Plan team either by email: cityplan2030@edinburgh.gov.uk or phone 0131 529 4692. 


Coming soon – Portobello Book Festival will be revealing the line-up for their 10th Festival which, as always, includes local authors as well as those from further afield. The Festival, runs 5 to 7 October 2018 and offers the diversity of subjects and authors that has become a distinctive feature of the programme.  This is what happened last year: https://portobellobookfestival.wordpress.com/


The fabulous Craigmillar Community Grows run workshops that are becoming very popular so booking is now essential to make sure there are enough ingredients. Karin Chipulina Craigmillar Community Grows; Community development worker for Carr Gomm, c/o The Thistle,13 Queens Walk, EH16 4EA. Tel: 07824 838 364.  More here: https://www.evocredbook.org.uk/services/communities-craigmillar-community-grows/a0Vb000000iDBadEAG


Don’t forget to apply for a chance to win a You Decide! Community Grant by the deadline on 28 September.  Help is available to work up your proposal and the Portobello/Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership are holding a launch event on 5 September at Craigmillar Library where a range of funders will be available to advise. All information here:   https://www.edinburghnp.org.uk/neighbourhood-partnerships/portobello-and-craigmillar/about/you-decide!/you-decide!-2018/


Sorry to nag, but I am still looking for encouragement and sponsorship for my small part in this year’s Kiltwalk, where (we hope) a magnificent 100 supporters are walking in aid of the Thistle Foundation. Our campaign is to raise enough funds to clear the waiting list for places on Thistle’s lifestyle management courses for people who are living with long term health conditions.  Thistle’s current poster boy Malcolm Scullion has benefitted hugely from the work of the Thistle, based in Craigmillar. We want to ‘Stop the Wait’ for others so they can benefit and get access to a course, at the moment they really need it, rather than get stuck on the waiting list. The more cash we raise, the shorter the wait for someone’s life changing opportunity.  This really matters to me, and the other three Portobello/Craigmillar Councillors, which is why we are walking as a team within the Thistle Team.  I am just short of target now by £25!  Thanks a million to all my donors and supporters so far! My page is here: https://edinburghkiltwalk2018.everydayhero.com/uk/maureen-4


Have a great weekend, whatever you do!




Councillor Maureen Child

Labour Councillor Portobello/Craigmillar Ward

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